Energy

UNECE, FAO Release Study on Wood Consumption [viewed]

3 August 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have published a study showing that, while the consumption of wood and paper products fell by 11.6% in the UNECE region in 2009, wood used for energy is the only segment of the market that grew due to government policies aimed at promoting renewable energy sources in order to mitigate climate change and improve energy security.

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IDB Supports Private Bank's Green Portfolio [viewed]

3 August 2010: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a US$30 million loan to Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires to create an innovative sustainable facility to scale up private sector financing for projects in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency and agriculture, among others.

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Event: Eighth International Conference of the African Association of Remote Sensing and the Environment [viewed]

This Conference is organized by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), together with the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE), the Ethiopian Mapping Agency (EMA) and the GIS Society of Ethiopia (GSSE). It aims to bring together scholars and professionals from the African and international geo-spatial information science community to present latest achievements, discuss challenges and share experience. The Conference is organized around four themes: food and water security; energy resources; disaster risk reduction; and marine and coastal management.  

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Climate Change Dominates Pacific Island Forum Meeting [viewed]

3 August 2010: The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) is holding its 41st Annual Meeting in Port Vila, Vanuatu, from 3-6 August 2010, to give political guidance to the region, including on climate change.

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IDB Funds Geothermal Expansion in Nicaragua [viewed]

2 August 2010: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will fund the expansion of geothermal power generation capacity in Nicaragua with a US$40 million loan to the company Polaris Energy Nicaragua S.A.

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World Bank Launches Tenth Edition of Little Green Data Book [viewed]

29 July 2010: The World Bank has released the tenth edition of its Little Green Data Book, which provides evidence of the last decade's achievements - or lack of progress - on the road towards sustainable development.

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CDM Executive Board Releases 55th Meeting Report [viewed]

30 July 2010: The Report of the 55th Meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board (EB), which took place from 26-30 July 2010, in Bonn, Germany, to consider matters relating to the operation of the CDM, is now available.

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UNFCCC Publishes Cook Islands' Submission to AWG-LCA 11 [viewed]

30 July 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a submission (FCCC/AWGLCA/2010/MISC.5) from the Cook Islands on emissions from international shipping and aviation under ideas and proposals on the elements contained in paragraph 1 of the Bali Action Plan (BAP).

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African Union Summit Discusses Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

27 July 2010: The 15th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) met from 25-27 July 2010, in Kampala, Uganda, following the 20th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee (19-20 July) and the 17th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council (22-23 July). Among other items, these meetings featured discussions of ongoing international climate change negotiations.

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UNECE, UNDP Organize Workshop on Renewables in CIS [viewed]

26 July 2010: The “Weekly” Newsletter of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) reports on an international workshop on renewable energy prospects in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), which was held in Minsk, Belarus, on 22-23 July 2010.

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