Atmosphere

Event: 18th Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

This biennial meeting of Environment Ministers is organized by the regional office of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The Preparatory Meeting of High-Level Experts will take place from 31 January-1 February 2012, and will be followed by the Ministerial Segment on 2-3 February. Among other things, the Ministers are to review the implementation of the Rio 1992 commitments and agreements, and deliberate on new, emerging and priority issues for the region and other issues on the road to the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The Ministers are also expected to discuss cooperation on sustainable consumption and production, environmental indicators, and the way forward in negotiating a regional framework agreement on atmospheric pollution that includes emissions of short-lived climate forcers (SLCFs) such as methane, black carbon, ozone precursors, and many hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).  

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UNEP Announces Launch of China's HCFC Phase-Out Management Plan [viewed]

UNEP20 December 2011: The UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) has announced the launch of China's Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) under the Montreal Protocol. The US$270 million HPMP aims cut consumption of HCFCs in China by January 2015.

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WHO Report Shows Health and Climate Co-benefits in Transport Sector [viewed]

World Health Organization (WHO)6 December 2011: The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a report on the health benefits of low-carbon transport measures, such as rapid transit, walking or cycling, as part of its "Health in the Green Economy" series.

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Ozone COP/MOP Does Not Address HFCs Phase-Down [viewed]

Indonesian Minister for Environment, Balthasar Kambuaya, banging a gong to officially open the high-level segment25 November 2011: Parties to the Montreal Protocol have agreed to a US$450 million replenishment of the Multilateral Fund to the Montreal Protocol (MLF), in order to phase-out hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), ozone depleting substances (ODS) with high-global warming potential (GWP).

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UNEP Launches Report on Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone [viewed]

UNEP Launches Report on Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone25 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report titled "Actions for Controlling Short-Term Climate Forcers." It has also released an associated summary titled: Summary of UNEP's Integrated Assessment of Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone. The report outlines 16 measures that UNEP says could lead to near-term climate protection of 0.5ºC by 2040.

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EEA Releases Report on CCS and Air Pollution [viewed]

EEA17 November 2011: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a report describing the effects that carbon capture and storage (CCS) may have on emissions of key air pollutants, in addition to keeping carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

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UNEP OzonAction Releases Report on Climate Protection through HCFC Phase-Out [viewed]

Ozonaction Special Issue 201114 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Division of Technology Industry and Economics, OzonAction Branch, has released the 2011 OzonAction Special Issue titled "Tipping the Balance towards Climate Protection through the Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) Phase-Out." The publication aims to inspire further actions to protect the ozone layer and climate system, as well as contribute to promoting green energy initiatives.

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Montreal Protocol Committee Considers Climate Impact Indicator [viewed]

UNEP20 November 2011: At its 65th meeting, the Executive Committee (ExComm) of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol (MLF) considered the Multilateral Fund Climate Impact Indicator (MCII). The tool is intended to support the MLF Secretariat and the ExComm in understanding the climate impact of the activities proposed, based on a comparable and fair assessment, and in keeping track of the impact of HCFC-phase-out activities of the Multilateral Fund on the climate.

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UNEP Report Stresses Importance of Addressing HFCs [viewed]

HFCs: A Critical Link in Protecting Climate and the Ozone Layer21 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report titled “HCFs: A Critical Link in Protecting Climate and the Ozone Layer,” on the importance of addressing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The report is part of a series of three reports being released by UNEP in the lead-up to the Durban Climate Change Conference.  

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Latin American Experts Discuss Adaptation and Development in Mountain Regions [viewed]

Mountain Partnership3 November 2011: Experts from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru recently convened to explore how best to address evidence of climate change impacts on mountain regions in international discussions. Participants discussed the impacts of climate change in Latin America's mountain zones, developed recommendations to meet the challenges and elaborated strategies to ensure that the issue of mountains is adequately addressed in international processes.

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