Atmosphere

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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EEA Publishes Transport and Environment Report [viewed]

10 November 2011: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published its annual report on pollutant emissions from transport, highlighting a fall in 2009 that may, however, only be a temporary effect of the economic downturn.

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Climate Research Conference Considers Human Impacts [viewed]

28 October 2011: The World Climate Research Programme's (WCRP) Open Science Conference brought together over 1900 scientists from 86 countries to share research on the impacts of rising temperatures on polar regions, glaciers, ice caps and the oceans.

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GEO-Carbon Conference Considers Best Practices for Monitoring Carbon Fluxes [viewed]

FAO27 October 2011: The GEO-Carbon Conference, titled "Carbon in a Changing World," aimed to present scientific progress and identify gaps in obtaining policy-relevant estimates of regional carbon budgets on land and ocean. The event also focused on the building and implementation of a Global Carbon Observing System for land, oceans and atmosphere.

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UNEP Supports Bhutan's Ozone and Climate Plan [viewed]

7 October 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the Government of Bhutan's initiative to phase out ozone-depleting substances (ODS).

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ICAO Announces Phase-Out of Halon-Emitting Fire Extinguishers [viewed]

16 September 2011: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), at the working group meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, announced that it has amended standards related to aircraft operations and airworthiness to phase out halon-emitting fire extinguishers on board.

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Iran Phases Out CFC-based Metered-Dose Inhalers [viewed]

7 September 2011: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Ozone Secretariat have reported that Iran has become the first Asian-Pacific country to successfully phase out the use of metered-dose inhalers (MDIs) based on chlorofluorocarbon (CFC).  

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Secretary-General Calls for Climate-friendly Alternatives to Ozone Depleting Substances [viewed]

16 September 2011: The UN marked International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer on 16 September. In his statement to mark the Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the international community to avoid replacing ozone-depleting gases with high global warming potential substitutes.

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UNEP Executive Director Calls for Action on Short-lived Climate Forcers [viewed]

13 September 2011: UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner has called for action to reduce short-lived climate forcers (SLCFs), through regional air quality agreements or placing the issue on the agenda for Rio+20. 

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