Freshwater

Informal Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change Calls for Building on Durban [viewed]

EU8 May 2012: An Informal Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change brought together representatives from 30 countries, including from least developed countries (LDCs) and the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), to build on the achievements of the Durban Climate Change Conference. The meeting, which was hosted by the EU, also provided an opportunity for Ministers to discuss the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Guest Article #76: Indian Ocean Islands Call on Rio+20 to Focus on Climate Change [viewed]

“Islands are the barometers of international environmental policies. The entire world will first witness their success or their failure on our islands.” These words, of James Michel, the President of Seychelles, deserve to be spoken out loud as delegates from small island developing States (SIDS) gear up to defend their interests at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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World Bank Publishes Comprehensive Book on Low Carbon Urban Development in China [viewed]

Sustainable Low-Carbon City Development in China3 May 2012: The World Bank published a book titled, “Sustainable Low-Carbon City Development in China,” offering practical lessons to policymakers in China to organize and coordinate sustainable low-carbon urban development.

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European Environment Agency Models Predict Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

3 May 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a series of maps produced using Eye on Earth, which predict climate change impacts in Europe through 2100. Based on projections from the ENSEMBLES project, Europe will be, on average, 1.5°C warmer from 2021-2050 than it was from 1960-1990, and the temperature increase will average 3°C between 2071-2100, with the highest warming in Eastern Scandinavia, and South and South-East Europe.

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CIF Releases Video on Climate Change in Dominica [viewed]

27 April 2012: The Climate Investment Fund (CIF) has released a video on the impacts of climate change in Dominica, which shows the impacts of extreme weather events and highlights the urgent need to invest in fostering climate resilience.

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AfDB Green Bank Initiative Reports Resource Use Savings [viewed]

AfDB20 April 2012: The African Development Bank's Green Bank Initiative has reported that it has achieved positive results through large savings in water, energy and paper use.

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International Polar Year 2012 Conference Discusses Moving from Knowledge to Action [viewed]

27 April 2012: The International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 Conference convened around the theme “From Knowledge to Action,” with discussions on a variety of issues related to Arctic issues. Panel sessions addressed, inter alia: Earth structure and geodynamics; polar ocean processes; permafrost; marine, territorial and freshwater polar ecosystems; and communicating polar science.

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UNECE Workshop Focuses on Climate Change Impacts on Transboundary Basins [viewed]

UNECE26 April 2012: The Third Workshop on Water and Climate Change in Transboundary Basins, which addressed the theme "Making Adaptation Work," called attention to the expected impacts on climate change, including the higher risk of drought and floods, on shared transboundary basins. The event brought together over 140 participants to discuss conflict prevention and cooperation to address climate change adaptation at the transboundary level.

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AfDB Finalizes Climate Safeguard Systems Design [viewed]

AfDB23 April 2012: The final design of the African Development Bank's (AfDB) Climate Safeguard Systems (CSS), comprising four modules for assessing risk and identifying adaptation measures, was announced during a two-day workshop held in March 2012.

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UNEP, SPC Assess Threats to Pacific Freshwater Resources [viewed]

23 April 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Applied Geoscience and Technology Division, have released a report titled “Freshwater Under Threat – Pacific Islands,” which assesses the vulnerability of freshwater resources to environmental change. 

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