Chemicals & Wastes

UNEP Hosts Fumigation Training to Assist with Methyl Bromide Phase-Out in Africa [viewed]

UNEP10 October 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) convened phosphine fumigation training in Douala, Cameroon, from 8-10 October 2012. The training aimed to demonstrate available methyl bromide alternatives for the management of stored grain pests, and analyzed the application, efficacy, cost, availability, global warming potential, registration, phytotoxicity, and corrosiveness of alternatives.

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London Convention Parties Express Concern over Ocean Fertilization [viewed]

IMO2 November 2012: The 34th Consultative Meeting of States parties to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter, 1972 (London Convention), and to its 1996 Protocol (London Protocol), concluded with the release of an unanimous statement of concern regarding a reported incident of deliberate ocean fertilization activity off the west coast of Canada.

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European Commission Publishes Kyoto Protocol Target Progress Report [viewed]

24 October 2012: The European Commission has released an annual report detailing progress in 2011 towards achieving the EU target under the Kyoto Protocol, while the European Environment Agency (EEA) has published an associated analysis of EU greenhouse gas (GHG) trends. The report on progress finds that EU GHG emissions have decreased for the 27 EU Member States by 2.5% in 2011.

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ACP-MEAs Newsletter Focuses on Participation in the CDM and Carbon Finance [viewed]

September 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Commission have released the latest issue of the newsletter on the Multilateral Environment Agreements in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP MEAs) Project. The newsletter features a guest article by Mette Annelie Rasmussen and Miriam Hinostroza, UNEP Risø Centre, outlining efforts to “level the playing field” for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and carbon finance.

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International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV Holds NAMAs Workshop in Costa Rica [viewed]

18 October 2012: The International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV (Measuring, Reporting and Verification) held its fourth technical workshop in Costa Rica to help that country realize its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2021.

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UNECE/FAO Forest Newsletter Highlights Wood Energy Impacts and Data Reliability [viewed]

UNECEOctober 2012: The latest Forest Newsletter of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) focuses attention on two workshops on the impacts of wood energy use and wood energy data reliability, as well as their Joint Wood Energy Enquiry, which provides information on the origin and amount of wood energy consumption.

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African Policy-Makers Discuss Options to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants [viewed]

22 September 2012: As part of the work of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs), African policy-makers, environmental experts, and industry stakeholders met to discuss options for reducing emissions from SLCPs.

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IMO's Environment Committee Considers Energy Efficiency, Ballast Water Management and Ship Recycling [viewed]

IMO9 October 2012: The 64th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) addressed issues related to energy efficiency, ballast water management and ship-recycling. The session also led to the establishment of a new Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) in the Saba Bank, in the north-eastern Caribbean area of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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UNW-DPAC Publishes Review of UN Publications on Water [viewed]

September 2012: The UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) published its bimonthly publications review, highlighting UN publications on water from June, July and August that address a variety of issues, including green accounting and sustainable development, water and food security, and water security.

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Event: 64th Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) [viewed]

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will meet for its 64th session in London, UK, from 1-5 October 2012. Among other items, the MEPC will consider: matters relating to the implementation of energy efficiency, ballast water management and ship-recycling regulations; the designation of a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) in the North-eastern Caribbean area of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; market-based measures to address the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHGs); the availability of fuel oil to meet air pollution requirements; guidelines for the recycling of ships; and sewage treatment plant guidelines.  

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