Atmosphere

IEA Report: Electric Vehicle Sales Doubled from 2011 to 2012 [viewed]

IEA17 April 2013: The International Energy Agency (IEA), together with the Clean Energy Ministerial's (CEM) Electric Vehicle Initiative (EVI), has released a report targeted to governments and industry on the challenges and opportunities facing electric vehicle (EV) deployment. Based on two years of primary data collection by the EVI and IEA, “Global EV Outlook: Understanding the Electric Vehicle Landscape to 2020” finds that, although EVs make up only 0.02 percent of the total passenger car stock, global EV sales more than doubled from 45,000 in 2011 to 113,000 in 2012.

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IEA Report Says Progress on Clean Energy has Stalled [viewed]

IEA17 April 2013: Progress towards a clean energy future has stalled, according to a report released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) at the fourth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), held in New Delhi from 17-18 April 2013.

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Study Assesses Impact of Short-Lived Climate Pollutants on Sea-Level Rise [viewed]

UNEP17 April 2013: A study published by Nature Climate Change concludes that sea-level rise can be cut by reducing local air pollution from four short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), namely black carbon, methane, tropospheric ozone and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

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TEEB for Business Lists 100 Top Environmental Externalities [viewed]

15 April 2013: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity Business Coalition (TEEB for Business) has released a report on environmental externalities of businesses, titled "Natural Capital at Risk – The Top 100 Externalities of Business.” The report concludes that the top 100 environmental externalities cost the world economy approximately US$7.3 trillion annually, around 13% of global economic output.

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Event: 25th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

MOP 25 is scheduled to consider a number of issues, including nominations for critical- and essential-use exemptions. On 3 May 2013, the Ozone Secretariat announced the change in venue from Kiev (Kyiv), Ukraine to Bangkok, Thailand. The dates are unchanged.  

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Climate and Clean Air Coalition Sets Priorities for 2013 [viewed]

7 April 2013: The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) held a Working Group meeting to set its priority areas, goals and key milestones for 2013, including actions to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), which have been identified as one of the greatest hazards to human health.

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UNDP, Colombia Collaborate to Eliminate HCFC Use [viewed]

UNDP2 April 2013: A joint initiative between the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Colombia has eliminated the use of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC), an ozone depleting substance (ODS), in Colombia's domestic refrigerator manufacturing industry, replacing them with cyclopentane, a cost effective, flammable hydrocarbon that has low global warming potential (GWP).

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Event: 69th Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

During this meeting, members of the Executive Committee for the Multilateral Fund (MLF) will discuss, among other issues: status of contributions and disbursements; the MLF 2013-2015 business plan; programme implementation; project proposals; and the recruitment process for the new Chief Officer of the MLF.  

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IEA 2012 Annual Executive Director's Report Emphasizes Work on Energy Security, Sustainability [viewed]

IEA25 March 2013: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its Executive Director's 2012 Annual Report, a review of the organization's operational and organizational achievements and challenges over the past year. The review highlights shifts in the IEA's strategy and operations, which the Agency has undertaken to reposition itself in line with a new vision centered on energy security in support of economic prosperity and sustainability.

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UNEP and St. Kitts and Nevis Host Caribbean Ozone Officers Meeting [viewed]

UNEP20 March 2013: The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC) hosted a discussion of the successes and challenges involved with implementing Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) Phase out Management Plans under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

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