Health

WHO Workshop Discusses Adaptation to Health Impacts of Climate Change in Southern and Eastern Africa [viewed]

WHO19 December 2012: The first inter-country workshop for the preparations of national plans of action for public health adaptation to climate change in Southern and Eastern Africa discussed identification of public health risks of climate change, implementation of adaptation plans and strategies and interventions to mitigate the health impacts of climate change.

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Barefoot Power's Solar Lighting Activities Registered under the CDM [viewed]

20 December 2012: The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and World Bank's Lighting Africa programme has announced that the clean energy company Barefoot Power has successfully registered its programme of activities under the UNFCCC Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

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UNECE Releases Second Environmental Performance Review of Tajikistan [viewed]

UNECE14 December 2012: The "Second Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Tajikistan" conducted by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) highlights that waste management and clean water and sanitation remain challenges for this country. UNECE EPRs cover ten elements including: environmental policymaking, planning and implementation; financing of environmental policies; waste and water management; biodiversity conservation; and integration of environmental issues into energy and health policies.

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UNU Urges COP 18 to Tackle Loss and Damage by Addressing Social Vulnerability [viewed]

4 December: Climate researchers at the UN University (UNU) in Bonn, Germany, have urged negotiators at the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC in Doha, Qatar, to tackle issues of loss and damage through addressing social vulnerability.

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NRF Journal Explores Sustainable Development Scenarios [viewed]

November 2012: Natural Resources Forum (NRF) has issued a special section on sustainable development scenarios. NRF is a quarterly journal published by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Division for Sustainable Development (DSD).

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WHO Side-Event Discusses Improving Climate Resilience of Public Health Systems [viewed]

WHO3 December 2012: Speakers at a side event held at the margins of the Doha Climate Change Conference, co-organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Government of Norway, discussed the challenges that climate change presents to public health, and presented recent and ongoing initiatives to build capacity in assessing and addressing climate risks to health.

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UNEP Global Environment Alert Raises Concerns About Gas Fracking [viewed]

UNEPNovember 2012: Hydraulic fracturing, a gas extraction technique also known as gas fracking, presents considerable environmental and health challenges, according to a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Environment Alert. According to the report, the question of whether and how to allow fracking merits careful review of laws, regulations, and impacts on environment and health.

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WHO Releases Guide on Mainstreaming Gender in Health Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

WHONovember 2012: The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a guideline for project managers in health-related adaptation to climate change, providing information, tools and recommendations for effective gender mainstreaming, including gender analysis of health vulnerability, adverse health impacts of climate change, and design of gender-responsive adaptation programmes and actions.

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UNU Report Highlights Loss and Damage in Five Countries [viewed]

27 November 2012: The UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) has released a report on climate-induced loss and damage, based on case studies from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Gambia, Kenya and the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). The study found that all five countries have suffered climate-induced loss and damage, despite implementing adaptation and coping measures.

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EEA Report Identifies Climate Change Impacts and Vulnerability in Europe [viewed]

EEA20 November 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a report, titled “Climate Change, Impacts and Vulnerability in Europe 2012: An Indicator-Based Report,” which stresses that climate change already has observable impacts on environmental and social systems in Europe and that further impacts are anticipated in the future.

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