Atmosphere

Event: 65th Session of the WMO Executive Council Session [viewed]

The 65th Session of the Executive Council (EC-65) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) will meet from 15-23 May 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Session is expected to discuss reports, the Global Framework for Climate Services, implementation of the WMO Strategic Plan 2012-2015, resource management, communications and public affairs, and legal matters, among other things. On partnerships, the EC will hear reports on, inter alia: GFCS partnerships; WMO participation in the work of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and Convention on Biodiversity (CBD); WMO involvement in UN Water, in particular in the framework of the International Year of Water Cooperation; developments in establishing new working arrangements with the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme; Report of the Chair of the IPCC; Report on GEO cooperation with WMO; Future Earth Research initiative (ICSU); and MoUs between WMO and relevant international organizations established since EC-64.  

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Multilateral Fund Commits US$385 Million for HCFC Reduction [viewed]

Multilateral Fund23 April 2013: The Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol (MLF) has committed up to US$385 million to China for the elimination of all industrial production of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) by 2030. China is the largest producer of HCFCs, and eliminating the country's HCFC production will prevent emissions equivalent to 8 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).

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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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