Atmosphere

EU Agrees to Reduce Fluorinated Gases by Two-Thirds [viewed]

European Union 18 December 2013: The Council of the EU's Committee of Permanent Representatives has agreed to reduce emissions of fluorinated gases (F-gases). The legislation includes a phase-down schedule that commits to a two-thirds reduction in F-gases emissions in Europe by 2030.

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Event: 9th Meeting of the Ozone Research Managers of the Vienna Convention [viewed]

This meeting is expected to consider various issues including the state of the ozone layer and the interactions between ozone depletion and climate change.  

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Last Update of 2013 [viewed]

IISD Happy Holidays CardWe at IISD RS wish you all the best for this holiday season and throughout the coming year. We will resume publication on our knowledgebases on 6 January 2014. Thank you for your support during 2013.

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EEA Black Carbon Report Highlights Health and Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

EEA10 December 2013: A new report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) on measuring black carbon in the air reviews monitoring networks currently measuring black carbon, measurement methodologies and the use of data.

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GEF, Montreal Protocol Support ODS Reduction Efforts in the Gambia [viewed]

mp-gef-unido9 December 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved a project aimed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and ozone-depleting substances (ODS) in the Gambia's industrial refrigeration and air-conditioning sector.

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UNEP Urges Action on Nitrous Oxide to Address Climate Change, Ozone Depletion [viewed]

UNEP21 November 2013: Increases in nitrous oxide emissions could exacerbate climate change and undermine ozone layer recovery, according to a report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The report also stresses it is possible to decrease nitrous oxide emissions, resulting in climate, economic, environmental and human benefits of approximately US$160 billon annually.

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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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