Atmosphere

ADB Releases Key Asia and Pacific Statistics, Underscores Need to Go Green [viewed]

ADB15 August 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released its annual flagship statistical publication, titled “Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2012.” The publication, which includes a special chapter on Green Urbanization in Asia, examines the challenges and opportunities associated with the region's urban boom, detailing measures required to transform cities into sustainable centres of growth.

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GEF's Greenline Newsletter Introduces New CEO [viewed]

August 2012: The latest issue of The Greenline newsletter of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) introduces the new GEF CEO and Chairperson, Naoko Ishii, as well as reports on recent climate change initiatives.

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UNEP Clean Air Coalition Announces Global Outreach Competition [viewed]

3 August 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) launched a contest to improve outreach on SLCPs. The competition is open to young people between 12-25 years of age.

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Montreal Protocol OEWG 32 Concludes Without Agreement on HFCs [viewed]

27 July 2012: The 32nd meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 32) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol) considered two proposals to amend the Montreal Protocol related to hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs): the first by the Federated States of Micronesia; and the second by the US, Canada and Mexico. Parties were unable to reach consensus on establishing a contact group on the proposals.

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Climate and Clean Air Coalition Welcomes Four New Partners [viewed]

25 July 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has reported that the Governments of Denmark, Finland and Jordan have joined the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC). In addition, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) has become the first research institute to become a Coalition partner.

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CEC Ministerial Meeting Updates Submission on Enforcement Matters Process [viewed]

11 July 2012: The Council of the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has adopted new guidelines for submissions regarding the CEC's public Submission on Enforcement Matters (SEM) process, and instructed the CEC Secretariat to undertake new initiatives, including on short-lived climate forcers (SLCFs), e-waste and clean energy.

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UNFCCC Publishes Australia's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

18 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of Australia (FCCC/ARR/2011/AUS). The report finds that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions increased by 30.4% between 1990 and 2009.

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CCAC Launches Awareness-Raising Contest on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants [viewed]

18 July 2012: The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) is inviting children and young people between 12 and 25 years to participate in an international awareness raising contest on short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP).

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CAI Reviews Urban Transport Demand Management in LAC [viewed]

July 2012: The Clean Air Institute (CAI) has issued a policy paper titled "Transport Demand Management: Opportunities and Challenges in Urban Areas of Latin America," which looks at the strategies that Latin American cities may consider to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through cutting unnecessary unsustainable travel and promoting more sustainable modes of transport.

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UNFCCC Publishes Review of Australia's Fifth National Communication [viewed]

UNFCCC13 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the in-depth review of Australia's fifth national communication (NC5) (FCCC/IDR.5/AUS). The report covers the review of the NC5 coordinated by the UNFCCC Secretariat, in accordance with the guidelines for review under Article 8 of the Kyoto Protocol (decision 22/CMP.1).

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