Chemicals & Wastes

OAS Announces Recipients of ECPA's Sustainable Communities Grants [viewed]

11 December 2012: The Organization of American States (OAS) has announced the 14 recipients of small grants under the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) "Sustainable Communities in Central America and the Caribbean" project.

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Montreal Protocol Recognizes UNDP's Contribution to ODS Phase Out [viewed]

10 December 2012: Marco Gonzalez, Executive Secretary of the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and its Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, presented an award to Helen Clark, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, in recognition of UNDP's “exceptional contribution to the success of the Montreal Protocol.”

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Six Countries Join CCAC, Pledge to Reduce SLCPs [viewed]

6 December 2012: Chile, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Maldives, the Netherlands and the Republic of Korea joined the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) at a ministerial meeting on the sidelines of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC in Doha, Qatar. The CCAC aims to catalyze action on reducing black carbon, methane, certain hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and other short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) to maximize agricultural, climate, energy and health benefits.

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EEA Report Highlights EU Progress in Phasing Out ODS [viewed]

EEA5 December 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released an “Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) 2011 Summary” report, which highlights progress in phasing out ODS in Europe. The report provides aggregated data reported by European companies on the production, import, export, destruction and use of ODS in the EU.

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COP 18 Participants Celebrate “Lighthouse Activities” to Address Climate Change [viewed]

UNFCCC4 December 2012: Participants at the Doha Climate Change Conference celebrated the accomplishments of nine public-private "Lighthouse Activities," pioneering initiatives curbing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while yielding benefits for the urban poor. The concept behind the activities is to highlight inspiring mitigation and adaptation activities, and to spur innovation and increase capacity for future initiatives.

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UNEP Global Environment Alert Raises Concerns About Gas Fracking [viewed]

UNEPNovember 2012: Hydraulic fracturing, a gas extraction technique also known as gas fracking, presents considerable environmental and health challenges, according to a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Environment Alert. According to the report, the question of whether and how to allow fracking merits careful review of laws, regulations, and impacts on environment and health.

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SPREP Releases Pacific Environment and Climate Change Outlook for 2012 [viewed]

SPREP30 November 2012: A new report by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) demonstrates increasing environmental and economic pressures on Pacific islands due to climate change, which it projects to possibly cost low-lying islands as much as 18% of their GDP.

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Event: Fourteenth Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF-14) [viewed]

This meeting is being organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in conjunction with its twenty-seventh session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC27/GMEF) to be held from 18-22 February 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya. The objective of the Forum is to facilitate preparations of major groups and stakeholders towards the GC27/GMEF, which will hold ministerial-level consultations on emerging policy issues under the following themes: Implementing Rio+20: A strengthened environmental pillar of sustainable development; and Implementing a green economy as an important tool for achieving sustainable development.  

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IICA, GIZ Help Costa Rica Prepare NAMAs for Coffee, Waste and Public Transport Sectors [viewed]

23 November 2012: The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Germany's international cooperation agency (GIZ) and Costa Rica's Environment Ministry (MINAET) are assisting that country's coffee, solid waste management and public transport sectors in preparing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMAs) for their sectors to gain financing for reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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BCIE Funds Study of Energy Generation from Porcine Wastes in Honduras [viewed]

12 November 2012: The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) is partially funding a feasibility study, by the firm BioenergyR4E Choloma, of a project for a power generation plant using manure from pig farms as its fuel.

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