Chemicals & Wastes

UNECE Releases First Review of Turkmenistan's Environmental Performance [viewed]

UNECE21 December 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released the first Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Turkmenistan, which highlights several environmental issues as particular challenges, including: salinization of irrigated lands; water management; desertification; and biodiversity loss.

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EEA Highlights Findings of European Year of Water [viewed]

EEA27 December 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has issued a press release reflecting on messages and outcomes of the 2012 European Year of Water. Among the key findings is that European waters require protection from increasing pressures.

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CEC Assesses the Comparability of GHG and Black Carbon Emissions Reporting in North America [viewed]

10 December 2012: A report by the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) finds challenges in using current national and subnational reporting regime data to estimate the potential impact of greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction measures and coordinate climate change policy in North America.

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Last Update of 2012 [viewed]

We at IISD RS wish you all the best for this holiday season and throughout the coming year. We will resume publication of our knowledgebases on 7 January 2013. Thank you for your support during 2012.

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ADB Releases Second Edition of the Greater Mekong Subregion Atlas of the Environment [viewed]

ADBDecember 2012: In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Economic Cooperation Program, initiated in 1992, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched the second edition of its GMS Atlas of the Environment.

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UNECE Releases Second Environmental Performance Review of Tajikistan [viewed]

UNECE14 December 2012: The "Second Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Tajikistan" conducted by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) highlights that waste management and clean water and sanitation remain challenges for this country. UNECE EPRs cover ten elements including: environmental policymaking, planning and implementation; financing of environmental policies; waste and water management; biodiversity conservation; and integration of environmental issues into energy and health policies.

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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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