Atmosphere

US$413 Million Pledged at Cookstoves Future Summit [viewed]

Clean Cookstoves21 November 2014: The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves's inaugural pledging event, the Cookstoves Future Summit, raised more than US$400 million for clean cooking technologies over three years. The pledges come from a diverse range of stakeholders, including governments, UN agencies, the private sector and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and address a range of actions, including affordability and access, awareness and behavior change, monitoring and standards and technology.

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Guest Article #116: From Defining to Implementing Sustainable Transport [viewed]

Millions of people around the world lack proper access to jobs, markets, schools, hospitals and other essential services, and better transport is a crucial element to improve economic and social development. Yet, transport is responsible for 1.24 million traffic fatalities per year, as well as high levels of urban air pollution and congestion in many cities.

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EEA Report Examines Costs of Industrial Air Pollution [viewed]

EEANovember 2014: Air pollution from Europe's industrial facilities cost the region between €59-189 billion in 2012, with 1% of facilities responsible for 50% of the damage, according to a report by the European Environment Agency (EEA). ‘Costs of Air Pollution from European Industrial Facilities 2008-2012' presents damage cost estimates to health and the environment caused by air pollutants emitted from Europe's industrial facilities.

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Montreal Protocol MOP 26 Adopts 26 Substantive Decisions [viewed]

Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP21 November 2014: The 10th session of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer (VC COP 10) and the 26th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MP MOP 26) have concluded in Paris, France, with MOP 26 adopting substantive decisions on: essential-use exemptions (EUEs) and critical-use exemptions (CUEs); availability of recovered, recycled or reclaimed halons; and a Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) report on alternatives to ozone depleting substances.

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Sustainable Transport Advisory Group Sets Priority Areas, 3-Year Work Plan [viewed]

United Nations18 November 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport has agreed on priority areas and a work plan for its three-year term. The Advisory Group agreed to consider the potential for sustainable transport to contribute to poverty alleviation, sustainable urbanization and sustainable growth, among other topics, and to promote the integration of sustainable transport in relevant intergovernmental processes, including the post-2015 development agenda.

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US, China Announce Emissions Targets [viewed]

china_us_flag11 November 2014: The US and China have released a joint announcement on climate change on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Beijing, China.

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UNEP Announces 2014 Champions of the Earth Laureates [viewed]

championsoftheearth7 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the recipients of the UN's highest environmental honor, the ‘Champions of the Earth Award,' which recognizes innovators and policymakers for service to the environment, saving lives, improving livelihoods and bettering environmental governance and conservation.

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African Countries Adopt Sustainable Transport Framework [viewed]

africa-sustinable-transport30 October 2014: Senior officials representing over 42 African countries have adopted a framework for a transition to sustainable transport, with a view to curbing air pollution, boosting the use of sustainable fuels and improving road safety. The roadmap aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the use of low-emission non-motorized transport, and increasing the quality of public transport and investment in clean technologies.

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Senior Arctic Officials Prepare for Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting [viewed]

Arctic Council23 October 2014: The Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) and Heads of Delegation of Indigenous Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council met to assess overall progress toward the priorities set under the Canadian Chairmanship. SAO Chair, Vincent Rigby, noted that the productive meeting would yield a "rich set of recommendations" for the Arctic Council Ministers to consider. Notably, SAOs approved a report outlining concrete recommendations for reducing woodstove black carbon emissions.

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Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Releases 2013 Results Report [viewed]

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves21 October 2014: The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves has released the second report in its annual series designed to recap the activities of the Alliance and its partners, analyze global progress toward providing cleaner cooking technology and fuel, and identify trends in this area. The report, titled '2013 Results Report: Sharing Progress on the Path to Adoption of Cleaner and More Efficient Cooking Solutions,' highlights eight Country Action Plans that were launched in 2013.

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