Atmosphere

G-8 Calls for Comprehensive Energy Strategy [viewed]

19 May 2012: The G-8 Summit at Camp David recognized the need for universal access to environmentally sound, sustainable, secure and affordable sources of energy to ensure global economic growth and address climate change.

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EEA Report Assesses Progress Towards a Green Economy in Europe [viewed]

EEA16 May 2012: In the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the European Environment Agency (EEA) has produced a publication titled "Environmental Indicator Report 2012." The Report assesses progress within the EU to support the transition to a green economy, and presents established indicators that illustrate progress towards improving resource efficiency and indicators that depict the risk of passing environmental thresholds.

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UNECE Meeting on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution Amends Gothenburg Protocol [viewed]

UNECE4 May 2012: The 30th Session of the Executive Body for the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP) adopted amendments to the 1999 Gothenburg Protocol to Abate Acidification, Eutrophication and Ground-level Ozone (Gothenburg Protocol). The amendments include national emission reduction commitments to be achieved by 2020 and beyond, and address, for the first time, particulate matter, including black carbon, a short-lived climate forcer.

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UNEP and Partners Unveil Ozone Awareness Sculpture in Beijing [viewed]

26 April 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has reported on the unveiling of a sculpture of the Chinese Goddess Nüwa, in an effort to raise awareness about protecting the ozone layer and climate change, in Beijing, China.

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Climate and Clean Air Coalition Welcomes New Partners [viewed]

24 April 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that the first meeting of the working group and the High Level Assembly of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition welcomed new parties to the Coalition, agreed on five initiatives for rapid implementation, and established a Trust Fund managed by the UNEP-hosted Secretariat.   

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UNIDO, China Strengthen Cooperation in Environmental Protection [viewed]

UNIDO19 April 2012: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has entered into an agreement with the Government of China that aims to strengthen their cooperation in environmental protection and other areas of mutual interest.

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North American Leaders Commit to Cooperation on Energy, Chemicals and Climate [viewed]

2 April 2012: The North American Leaders Summit met in Washington DC, US, on 2 April, with the aim of advancing the economic well-being, safety and security of the US, Mexico, and Canada. The key outcome of the Summit was the Joint Statement by North American Leaders, which detailed North American cooperation on issues including energy, chemicals and climate change.

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OzonetoClimate Industry Roundtable Discusses Climate Friendly Alternatives to HCFCs [viewed]

UNEP13 April 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) OzonAction Programme and the China Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Industry Association (CRAA) convened the OzonetoClimate Industry Roundtable, which focused on chemical and technology options to replace the ozone-depleting hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) that are to be phased out under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol) from 1 January 2013.

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Planet Under Pressure Conference Releases State of the Planet Declaration [viewed]

29 March 2012: The 2012 Planet Under Pressure Conference, which convened under the theme “New Knowledge Towards Solutions,” issued the "State of the Planet Declaration," which includes statements of support from the Planet Under Pressure Board of Patrons, the UN Secretary-General, and the youth movement.

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Nordic Environment Ministers Adopt Svalbard Declaration on Short-lived Climate Forcers [viewed]

27 March 2012: Nordic Environment Ministers from Denmark, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Åland adopted the Svalbard Declaration on Short-lived Climate Forcers (SLCFs) under the Nordic Council of Ministers to reduce emissions of short life-span gases, including black carbon, which have a large impact on both climate and health.

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