Health

WHO Highlights Links between Climate Change and Population [viewed]

WhoNovember 2009: A recent article published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO) addresses the links between population growth and climate change.

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UNECE Water Convention Provides Guidance on Water and Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

Unece13 November 2009: Advice on coping with the uncertainties of climate change and effectively tackling its impacts on water in a concerted way has been developed in the framework of an agreement on transboundary freshwater under the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

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CBD Stresses Threat Posed to Ecosystems by Climate Change-Induced Invasive Species [viewed]

threat-posed-to-ecosystems11 November 2009: Scientists and Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) officials have stressed that, as global warming alters temperatures and precipitation patterns around the world, the threat posed by invasive species is rising.

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WHO Points to Health-related Risks Associated with Climate Change [viewed]

Who5 November 2009: The World Health Organization (WHO) has published an article in its Bulletin in which scientists argue that environmental health is a necessary element of any health system and underscore the need to identify and tackle new, emerging and re-emerging risks, including examination of the spatial distribution of diseases such as vector-borne diseases in relation to climate change.

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UNECE and WHO Regional Office for Europe Workshop Highlights Human-Powered Mobility in Cities [viewed]

© UNECE30 September 2009: National and local policies are needed to support walking and cycling as sustainable and alternative ways of transport in urban areas that contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as air and noise pollution, limit urban congestion and favor human health. This is the conclusion of the workshop titled “Safe and Healthy Walking and Cycling in Urban Areas” held in Prague, Czech Republic, from 24-25 September 2009.

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UNEP Releases 2009 Climate Change Compendium [viewed]

© UNEP24 September 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report entitled “Climate Change Science Compendium 2009.” The report, compiled in association with scientists around the world, reviews some 400 major scientific contributions to our understanding of Earth Systems and climate change that have been released through peer-reviewed literature, or from research institutions, over the last three years.

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UN Summit on Climate Change Discusses Measures to Help the Most Vulnerable and Emission Reduction Targets [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon greets US President Barack Obama as he arrives for the Climate Change Summit - © UN22 September 2009: The UN Summit on Climate Change convened in New York, US, on 22 September 2009, bringing together approximately 100 Heads of State and government. At the close of the Summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced optimism that negotiations for a new climate agreement are on the “right track,” but also warned that momentum must be maintained to ensure success in Copenhagen.

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UN Global Climate Week: Activities Start in Hamburg [viewed]

© UNEP19 September 2009: The first “Global Climate Week” was launched on 19 September 2009, in Hamburg, Germany, initiating a week of synchronised activity around the world to encourage urgent action to combat climate change. Global Climate Week officially runs from 21-25 September 2009, involving activities by corporations, community groups and individuals around the world. It coincides with the Summit on Climate Change that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host on 22 September 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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UNEP Develops Discussion Paper on Negotiating Adaptation [viewed]

© UNEP July 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a discussion paper entitled “Negotiating Adaptation: International Issues of Equity and Finance.”

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Pacific Islands Forum Concludes with Call to Action on Climate Change [viewed]

© Pacific Islands Forum 6 August 2009: The 40th Pacific Islands Forum convened in Cairns, Australia, from 5-6 August 2009, and concluded with a call by Pacific leaders to action on climate change.

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