Atmosphere

UNEP, WMO Assessment: Fast-Track ODS Elimination to Accelerate Ozone Recovery [viewed]

unep-wmo19 December 2014: A report by nearly 300 scientists from 36 countries has concluded that ozone layer recovery will occur more rapidly if eliminating the production of the ozone-depleting substance (ODS) hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), and managing other remaining ODSs, are fast-tracked. ‘Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2014' finds that phasing out the small remaining uses of ODSs, which are currently exempted from phase-outs, would hasten ozone recovery by about 11 years.

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Event: CODATU XVI Conference [viewed]

This meeting will focus on ‘Energy, Climate and Air Quality Challenges: The Role of Urban Transport Policies in Developing Countries and Emerging Economies'. The conference will include plenary sessions on, inter alia; mitigation actions taken by cities; urban transport and climate change; financing for and optimizing benefits from low-carbon transport; and commitments and initiatives on the way to COP 21 of the UNFCCC in Paris, France. The conference is being organized by Cooperation for Urban Mobility in the Developing World (CODATU). Participants will also learn about, through field visits, Istanbul's public transport system, the Istanbul metro and a bike sharing programme.  

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UNECE Region Adopts Framework to Reduce Air Pollution from Agriculture [viewed]

UNECE12 December 2014: Parties to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP) have adopted an ‘Ammonia Framework Code' to help countries reduce ammonia emissions from agriculture, which threaten human health, causing cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Atmospheric ammonia, a major contributor to air pollution, also leads to acidification and excessive nutrient loading, resulting in biodiversity loss in many of the most vulnerable ecosystems.

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IEA Releases 2014 Insights on Energy, Climate Change and Environment [viewed]

IEA10 December 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) addresses the interconnections between climate change policies and the global energy sector in its report 'Energy, Climate Change and Environment: 2014 Insights.' The report presents: ways to retire high-emission assets, such as coal plants; important lessons for designing an emissions trading system (ETS); examples of co-managing air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; and trends in energy metrics.

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CCAC Event Reviews SLCP Mitigation Progress [viewed]

limacop209 December 2014: Participants discussed black-carbon emissions at a side event on 'Reducing Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) with a Focus on the Brick Production Sector and on Emissions from Heavy Duty Diesel Vehicles.' The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Secretariat, the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Ev-K2-CNR Committee and Swisscontact organized the event on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference.

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CEB Publication Highlights UN System's Climate Change Efforts [viewed]

CEBNovember 2014: The UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) has showcased how the UN system is working together to support climate change action at the global, regional and national levels in a report, titled 'How the UN System Supports Ambitious Action on Climate Change: The UN System Delivering as One on Climate Change and Sustainable Development.'

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UNEP Live Tracker Provides Information to Track Progress on GEGs, SDGs [viewed]

UNEPNovember 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the Global Environment Goals (GEG) Live Tracker website to provide information on progress towards achieving internationally-agreed environmental goals and objectives and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The website aims to better inform decision-makers and the public on progress towards the goals and information available for monitoring them.

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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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