Energy

IEA Publishes Paper on Economics of Transitioning to a Low-Carbon Power Sector [viewed]

January 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released an information paper titled “The Economics of Transition in the Power Sector,” which analyzes the micro-economics of transitioning to cleaner power generation technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, highlighting the importance of risk perception in investment decisions in the power sector.

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EU Increases Funding to Neighboring Countries for Climate Projects [viewed]

2 March 2010: The EU has announced increased funding of up to EUR 2 billion, for the period 2011-2013, to reinforce political cooperation and promote economic integration between the EU and its neighbors. Funding will be used for, among other things, projects in the areas of climate change, transport, energy and environment.

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WHO Publishes Fact Sheet on Climate Change and Health [viewed]

January 2010: The World Health Organization (WHO) published its Fact Sheet N°266 on “Climate change and health,” which includes sections on: the impact of climate change on health; extreme heat; natural disasters and variable rainfall patterns; patterns of infection; measuring health effects; sectors of the population at risk; and the WHO response.

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WTO Environmental Goods and Services Negotiations Focus on Climate-Friendly Products [viewed]

19 February 2010: The World Trade Organization (WTO) held a Special Session of the Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE-SS) to continue negotiations on the liberalization of environmental goods and services, and noted a renewed focus on liberalizing trade in climate-friendly products, such as solar energy-related parts and components, wind and hydro-electric energy and gas-turbines, natural gas and clean-diesel vehicles, and products used in Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects.

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ILO Director-General Highlights Green Jobs as a Means of Achieving and Sustaining an Employment-Based Recovery [viewed]

26 February 2010: Addressing a panel discussion on "Achieving and Sustaining an Employment-Based Recovery: US and Global Strategies for Governments, Businesses, Workers and Families," at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, US, on 26 February 2010, Juan Somavia, International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General, highlighted green jobs as a means of addressing the risk of a prolonged jobs crisis with wide social and political repercussions.

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Commonwealth Publication Suggests Discussing Climate Change at UN Conference on Least Developed Countries [viewed]

26 February 2010: The Commonwealth Secretariat published an article titled “Trade Hot Topics Issue #69: Fourth UN Conference on LDCs - What to Expect?” in preparation for the fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (UNLDC IV). The article highlights, inter alia, the impacts of climate change on LDCs.

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Summit on Latin American and Caribbean Unity Addresses Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

25 February 2010: The Heads of State and government of Latin American and Caribbean countries gathered at the Unity Summit, comprising the 21st Summit of the Rio Group and the second Latin American and Caribbean Summit on Integration and Development. Leaders at the event, which took place in Riviera Maya, Mexico, on 23 February 2010, discussed,  among other things, prospects for the climate change negotiations.

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Event: CSD 19 [viewed]

This policy-year session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) will negotiate policy options related to the thematic cluster for the CSD 18-19 cycle: transport, chemicals, waste management, mining and the Ten-Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Patterns.  

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Fuel-Efficient Stoves and Rechargeable Lights Receive UNEP Prize [viewed]

23 February 2010: Two grassroots climate projects in Africa and South America have been awarded the Sasakawa Prize by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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African Ministers Welcome Calls for New and Innovative Resources for Climate Change [viewed]

21 February 2010:  A meeting of the Committee of African Ministers of Finance and Planning and Governors of Central Banks (Committee of Ten) recognized the importance of pursuing a low-carbon growth path, but emphasized that the additional costs to achieve it should not be at the expense of existing under-resourced development needs.

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