Atmosphere

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Calls on Countries to Move Towards Implementation [viewed]

22 October 2012: Addressing participants to the pre-COP 18 Ministerial meeting on climate change held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres highlighted that the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18), to be held in Doha, Qatar, at the end of 2012, provides an opportunity to make a global intervention that "wedges itself between a scientific fact and a widely-held misperception" that the climate change process is ineffective and stuck. 

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African Policy-Makers Discuss Options to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants [viewed]

22 September 2012: As part of the work of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs), African policy-makers, environmental experts, and industry stakeholders met to discuss options for reducing emissions from SLCPs.

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WMO, IGAC Release Report on Impacts of Megacities on Air Pollution and Climate [viewed]

16 October 2012: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) project have released a report, titled “Impacts of Megacities on Air Pollution and Climate.” The report provides an initial assessment of available information on air pollution and climate impacts in megacities globally.

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Global Alliance Highlights Climate Change Mitigation Benefits of Clean Cookstoves [viewed]

October 2012: The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves has prepared a factsheet that identifies a positive correlation between the use of clean cookstoves and climate change mitigation, highlighting that, if well designed, clean cookstoves can reduce emissions associated with cooking with biomass.

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CBD Study Examines Climate-related Geoengineering, Impacts on Biodiversity [viewed]

September 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published a study examining technical and regulatory matters on geoengineering in relation to the CBD. Circulated as CBD Technical Series No. 66, the study finds that there is no satisfactory climate geoengineering approach currently available, and that  international law provides an incomplete basis for the governance of geoengineering.

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Event: 8th Annual International Congress on Sustainable Transport [viewed]

Co-hosted by the World Resources Institute's center for sustainable transport, EMBARQ, Mexico's Environment Secretariat, the Mexico City government, Walk 21 and others, with support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Latin American Development Bank (CAF), this conference will discuss sustainable transport issues as transport emissions, clean vehicles, climate change, bus rapid transit (BRT) and transport post-Rio+20 under the theme "Step Into the Future".  

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International Ozone Day Marks Montreal Protocol's 25th Anniversary [viewed]

UNEP16 September 2012: The Secretariat of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol) celebrated the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer on 16 September 2012. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) marked the Day with the release of a newsletter titled “Protecting Our Atmosphere for Generations to Come: 25 Years of the Montreal Protocol.”

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UNEP Executive Director Commits to Increased Assistance to Africa at AMCEN [viewed]

UNEP12 September 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner addressed African ministers attending the 14th session of the African Ministerial Conference for the Environment (AMCEN), convening from 7-14 September 2012, in Arusha, Tanzania. Steiner underscored UNEP's commitment to assist African States in making the transition to a Green Economy, negotiating a new climate treaty, building awareness on chemicals and hazardous wastes, and improving the management of drylands.

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Climate and Clean Air Coalition Launches Brick Production Initiative [viewed]

4 September 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) has launched an initiative aimed at reducing emissions of black carbon, toxics and other pollutants released through traditional brick production. 

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Event: Better Air Quality 2012 [viewed]

Better Air Quality (BAQ) 2012 is organized by the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities, the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department, and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, in partnership with Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank. The theme of BAQ 2012 is “Growing Cities, Healthy Cities,” reflecting the need in Asia to create livable cities with blue skies, a low carbon footprint, green buildings and spaces, and transport systems that embrace public transport, walking and cycling.  

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