Atmosphere

UNEP Releases Report on Atmospheric Brown Clouds [viewed]

Cities Across Asia Get Dimmer: Impacts on Glaciers, Agriculture and the Monsoon Get Clearer

13 November 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

released a report on Atmospheric Brown Clouds (ABCs) that shows that, in

addition to affecting agriculture and human health, this layer of soot and

manmade particles can both aggravate, via the absorption of sunlight, and

counteract, via the reflection of sunlight and effects on cloud formation,

climate change due to greenhouse gases.

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UN Secretary-General Marks International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, Highlights Need for Climate Change Agreement [viewed]

UN Secretary-General's Message on the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 16 September 2008: International Day for the Preservation of

the Ozone Layer was celebrated on 16 September 2008, with the theme "Montreal

Protocol – Global partnership for global benefits." In the UN Secretary-General's message

recognizing the day, Ban Ki-moon emphasized that the success of the Protocol

demonstrates that environmental protection can be sustained through economic

downturns, and encouraged governments to look for synergies among multilateral

environmental agreements as the Parties to the Protocol did when deciding to

accelerate the phase-out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons.

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Marking International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, WMO Highlights State of the Ozone Layer, Links to Climate Change [viewed]

The ozone hole of 2008 is larger than in 2007 16 September 2008: Marking International Day for the

Preservation of the Ozone Layer, which was celebrated on 16 September 2008, the

World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released data showing that the ozone

hole is already larger in 2008 than it was in 2007, emphasized that the need

for continued ozone measurements to monitor the ozone hole, and highlighted the

Montreal Protocol's climate benefits.

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CBD Executive Secretary Stresses Synergies among Environmental Agreements on International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer [viewed]

Message from Ahmed Djoghlaf Executive Secretary CBD, on the Occasion of the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 16 September 2008: On the occasion of the International Day

for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of

the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), noted the success that the

Montreal Protocol has achieved through international cooperation.

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Montreal Protocol's 28th OEWG Meeting Convenes [viewed]

11 July 2008: The 28th Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer convened from 7-11 July 2008, in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Adjustments to HCFC Phase-out to Enter into Force on 14 May 2008 [viewed]

Ozone

14 May 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his capacity as depositary of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, has advised parties that the adjustments made to the Montreal Protocol at the Nineteenth Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (17-21 September 2007) will enter into force, and become binding to all parties, on 14 May 2008.

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Switzerland Publishes First Report of the “National Climate Observing System (GCOS Switzerland)” [viewed]

Swiss_global_climate_observing_systThe Swiss Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Office has compiled the first inventory of the country's long-term climate data.

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Delivering as One in Space-related Activities [viewed]

Rtemagicc_othman_jpgDelivering as one in space-related activities was one of the main issues discussed during the 28th session of the United Nations Inter-Agency Meeting on Outer Space Activities, held from 16-18 January 2008 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

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CSD-15 Concludes Without Adopting Negotiated Text [viewed]

May 2007: The fifteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-15) convened from 30 April-11 May 2007, at UN headquarters in New York, US. Building on the outcomes of CSD-14 (a “Review Year”), CSD-15 focused on identifying policies and options to expedite the implementation of commitments in the areas of energy for sustainable development, industrial development, air pollution/atmosphere and climate change.

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GEF CEO Proposes Shorter Project Cycle and Reduced Pipeline at Council Meeting [viewed]

8 December 2006: The Global Environment Facility's (GEF) CEO Monique Barbut opened the 5-8 December 2006 Council meeting in Washington DC, US, with a proposed “Five Point Sustainability Compact to Increase Efficiency and Impact.” Her proposal included: shifting from a project-driven to a programmatic approach by focusing strategies on a clear set of priority issues for the global environment; reducing the current project pipeline in half; appointing an “Ombudsman” in the GEF Secretariat to respond to country concerns or complaints; and redesigning the project approval cycle to reduce it from 66 to 22 months.

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