Atmosphere

Senior Arctic Officials Advance Arctic Council Agenda [viewed]

Arctic Council23 October 2015: The Senior Arctic Official's meeting, which convened from 20-22 October 2015, in Anchorage, Alaska, brought together senior representatives from the eight Arctic States and the Permanent Participants (six organizations representing Arctic Indigenous peoples) to advance the work of the Arctic Council. The meeting was also the Council's first plenary meeting under US Chairmanship (2015-2017).

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WHO Report: Reduce SLCPs to Protect Health [viewed]

WHO22 October 2015: The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a report for policymakers on reducing short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), such as black carbon, ozone, methane and carbon dioxide (CO2), which it says contribute to climate change and lead to more than seven million deaths linked to air pollution every year. Titled ‘Reducing global health risks through mitigation of short-lived climate pollutants,' the report recommends immediate actions by which countries, health and environment ministries, and cities can reduce emissions, protect health and avoid illness and premature deaths.

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US, Pakistan Form Clean Energy Partnership [viewed]

us-pakistan22 October 2015: The US and Pakistan released a joint statement on a range of issues, including: security; trade and investment; education, science and technology; clean, efficient and affordable energy; efforts to combat climate change; and people-to-people and cultural ties. In the statement, US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif reinforce their commitment to an enduring US-Pakistan partnership, a prosperous Pakistan and a more stable region.

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GEF Event Examines SDGs and Planetary Boundaries [viewed]

post2015_iisdrs_sideevents27 September 2015: Protecting the Earth's shared natural resources in the context of population's accelerated growth was the focus of a high-level event organized by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) on the margins of the UN Sustainable Development Summit.

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Ozone Day Celebrates '30 Years of Healing Ozone Together' [viewed]

ozone_together16 September 2015: The UN system celebrated the International Ozone Day under the theme '30 Years of Healing Ozone Together,' celebrating the 1985 signing of the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer. The Vienna Convention is the framework agreement under which the 1987 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was adopted.

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CCAC Working Group Reviews Draft Implementation Plan [viewed]

ccac_workingroup9 September 2015: During a meeting in Paris, France, from 8-9 September 2015, the Working Group of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) reviewed and further elaborated on the draft Implementation Plan for the Five-Year Strategy, whose framework was endorsed by the sixth CCAC High-Level Assembly (HLA) in May 2015. The Plan, which the seventh HLA is expected to approve and launch on the margins of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December 2015, outlines critical actions for the period 2015 – 2020 as laid out in the CCAC's Five-Year Strategy.

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Event: International Ozone Day 2015 [viewed]

International Ozone Day is the annual event that commemorates the date of the 1987 signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. This year's theme, "30 Years of Healing Ozone Together," is a special commemoration of the 1985 signing of the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, the framework agreement which the Montreal Protocol complements. The Ozone Secretariat will conduct a "Precious Ozone" digital campaign emphasizing the successes achieved under the ozone protection regime and highlighting the importance of protecting life on Earth from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation. Campaign tools will include special posters, logos and banners, animations and internet tools designed to help everyone, from children to policymakers, understand the issues related to protection of the ozone layer.  

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Arctic Conference Highlights Priorities for and Challenges Facing the Region [viewed]

glacier_20151 September 2015: The US Government convened the ‘Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER)' to highlight international and domestic priorities in the Arctic, define critical challenges facing the region, raise awareness about climate change impacts in the Arctic, and focus on innovative approaches to address challenges at the local, national and international levels.

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Event: CCAC High Level Assembly [viewed]

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) High-Level Assembly will gather CCAC ministers and Heads of partner organizations to evaluate the CCAC's progress, provide input on the direction of the CCAC's future work and learn about the latest policy and scientific developments related to short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs).  

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Event: Workshop on Solving the Mystery of Carbon Tetrachloride [viewed]

This World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) workshop aims to bring together science, industry, and technology experts to exchange information and to coordinate research activities across disciplines to try to resolve the unexplained discrepancy between the estimated sources and sinks of carbon tetrachloride, an ozone depleting substance and greenhouse gas, with its abundance observations. The WCRP is jointly sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the International Council for Science (ICSU).  

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