Atmosphere

Environmental Stressors Expected to Worsen as Climate Changes and Urban Population Grows [viewed]

WMO19 November 2013: A technical conference on the theme 'Responding to the Environmental Stressors of the 21st Century' focused on challenges posed by rising greenhouse gases, extreme weather events, pressures on the water cycle, pollution and an increasing urban-based global population.

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UNIDO Releases Guide on Transitioning to Natural Refrigerants [viewed]

UNIDO19 November 2013: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), together with shecco, a market development company, have released a guide on the transition from ozone-depleting substances (ODS) to natural refrigerants and foam-blowing agents. Its main objective is to share experiences in the use of ammonia, carbon dioxide (CO2), hydrocarbons, water and air, as part of the ongoing phase-out of ozone-depleting hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) under the Montreal Protocol. 

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Transport Day 2013 Concludes with Warsaw Statement on Low Carbon Transport [viewed]

Transport Day 201317 November 2013: Transport Day 2013, which took place alongside the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, was supported by the Bridging the Gap initiative (BtG) and the Joint Convener Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), with a focus on rethinking transport and climate change.

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OECD Finds Successful Green Economy in Austria, Recommends Improvements [viewed]

OECD6 November 2013: Austria's green economy and environmental performance meet high standards, according to an assessment from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), but has room for improvement on pollution and other issues. The Environmental Performance Review (EPR) for 2013 highlights progress made since the previous report for Austria, in 2003. EPRs of OECD member countries are now in their third cycle.  

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UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2013 Presented in Warsaw [viewed]

unep-emissions-gap-report-201313 November 2013: Bert Metz, European Climate Foundation, facilitated a side event at the Warsaw Climate Change Conference that focused on the launch of UNEP's 'Emissions Gap Report 2013' and options for closing the emissions gap together with the role of pledges in climate negotiations.

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World Bank Highlights Climate and Health Benefits of Reducing Short-Lived Climate Pollutants [viewed]

World Bank3 November 2013: The World Bank has published a report highlighting the climate and health benefits of reducing emissions of common pollutants such as methane and black carbon, and examining 14 measures that contribute towards this objective.

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CSO Consultation Discusses GEF2020 Strategy Ahead of Council Meeting [viewed]

Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson4 November 2013: The GEF Council Consultation Meeting with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) convened on 4 November 2013, the day before the 45th meeting of the GEF Council opened in Washington, DC, US. During an opening dialogue, Global Environment Facility (GEF) CEO and Chairperson Naoko Ishii discussed the GEF 2020 strategy and emphasized that it is important to have a long-term strategy encompassing an environmental degradation driver-focused approach. She also welcomed Conservation International and WWF-US as two new GEF Project Agencies.

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MOP 25 Agrees Decisions on ODS Alternatives, SIDS [viewed]

mop2525 October 2013: The 25th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 25) agreed to the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) report on alternatives to ozone depleting substances (ODS). The meeting took place in Bangkok, Thailand, from 21-25 October 2013.

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EU Council Adopts Position Ahead of COP 19 [viewed]

EU flag14 October 2013: The Council of the EU adopted conclusions in preparation for the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UNFCCC and the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 9), which will take place in Warsaw, Poland, from 11-22 November 2013.

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ASEAN Summit Boosts Cooperation on Disaster Management, Haze Monitoring, Develops Post-2015 Vision [viewed]

Asean10 October 2013: The 23rd Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) issued a number of declarations agreeing to increase cooperation on disaster management and transboundary haze monitoring, as well as to further develop the ASEAN Community's Post-2015 Vision.

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