Energy

CMS Secretariat Highlights Threats Posed by Energy Demand to Gorilla Conservation [viewed]

© CMS22 May 2009: On the occasion of the International Biodiversity Day, the Secretariat of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) stressed that the ever-growing human demand for energy and its consequences represent an omnipresent yet invisible threat to gorillas and their habitats.

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World Bank Funds Coal Alternatives in China [viewed]

© World Bank20 May 2009: The World Bank approved a loan of US$80 million to fund the utilization of coal bed methane (CBM) and coal mine methane (CMM) as substitutes to coal in China.

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IEA Contributes to Renewables Global Status Report [viewed]

© REN2113 May 2009: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has contributed to the “REN21 Renewables Global Status Report,” which was released on 13 May 2009.

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UNDP Administrator Discusses Development Priorities with UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [viewed]

13 May 2009: The new Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Helen Clark, recently met the UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Hilary Benn.

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Event: UNFCCC COP 17 and COP/MOP 7 [viewed]

The 17th session of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 17) and the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 7) to the Kyoto Protocol will take place in Durban, South Africa. South Africa's website: http://www.cop17durban.com  

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UNEP Announces SEED Awards [viewed]

© UNEP12 May 2009: The winners of the 2009 SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development were announced at an event in conjunction with the 17th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), convening in New York, US. The SEED Award is the flagship programme of the SEED Initiative, a partnership founded by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and IUCN.

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UNCTAD's Trade and Development Commission Addresses Energy Issues in the Context of Climate Change [viewed]

12 May 2009: The UN Conference on Trade and Development's (UNCTAD) Trade and Development Commission is holding its first session in Geneva, Switzerland, from 11-15 May 2009.

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IMO, ICAO and UNFCCC Hold Preparatory Meeting to COP15 [viewed]

© UNFCCC8 May 2009: Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, and Kobeh González, President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), met in London, UK, on 30 April 2009, for a preparatory meeting to the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the UNFCCC, which will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December.

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Report of 20th Meeting of CDM Small-Scale Working Group Released [viewed]

© UNFCCC8 May 2009: The report and annexes of the 20th meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Small-Scale Working Group (SSC WG), which took place from 29 April-2 May 2009, in Bonn, Germany, are now available on the CDM website. At the meeting, the Group considered requests for creation of new methodologies for small-scale CDM projects, and agreed to recommend seven of the proposed new methodologies.

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EU and Canadian Leaders Address Climate Change, the Environment and Energy Security [viewed]

© EU6 May 2009: The leaders of the EU and Canada met in Prague, Czech Republic, on 6 May 2009, for their regular summit and adopted a declaration reiterating that their priority areas include climate change and the environment, and energy security and sustainability. In the declaration, the EU and Canadian leaders expressed their commitment to continue their cooperation in the context of their High-Level Dialogue on Energy, highlighting carbon capture and storage (CCS), bioenergy, and distributed generation and smart electricity networks as priority collaboration areas.

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