Human Settlements & Population

IPCC Publishes Full Report on Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

IPCC28 November 2014: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published the full version of Working Group III's (WG III) contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), titled ‘Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change,' in advance of the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru. The report explores solutions involved in climate change mitigation based on a comprehensive assessment of the relevant scientific, technical and socioeconomic literature and describes the costs, benefits, risks and trade-offs of alternative policy options.

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UNFCCC Releases Technical Paper on Actions with High Mitigation Potential [viewed]

UNFCCC26 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an updated technical paper compiling information on actions, initiatives and options for enhancing mitigation ambition and outlining their mitigation potential (FCCC/TP/2014/13). The technical paper, which updates similar compilations from 2013, will inform the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) on raising pre-2020 ambition at the seventh part of its second session (ADP 2-7).

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UNFCCC 2014 Lighthouse Activity Award Winners Announced [viewed]

momentum-change25 November 2014: The UNFCCC's Momentum for Change initiative has announced the 12 winners of the 2014 Lighthouse Activity Awards, which include both “large, game-changing solutions and small, entrepreneurial efforts." Each of the 12 activities touches on one of four areas related to action: by and for the urban poor; that fosters women's leadership; that unlocks climate finance; and action that uses information and communications technology (ICT) solutions.

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SDSN Outlines Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the US [viewed]

unsdsn20 November 2014: The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) has released a report demonstrating that the US could achieve an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions below 1990 levels by 2050. Using what the report indicates are conservative economic assumptions and existing or near-commercial technologies, the report creates four low-carbon scenarios, all leading to the 80% cut, which translates into an 83% reduction over 2005 levels.

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Sustainable Transport Advisory Group Sets Priority Areas, 3-Year Work Plan [viewed]

United Nations18 November 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport has agreed on priority areas and a work plan for its three-year term. The Advisory Group agreed to consider the potential for sustainable transport to contribute to poverty alleviation, sustainable urbanization and sustainable growth, among other topics, and to promote the integration of sustainable transport in relevant intergovernmental processes, including the post-2015 development agenda.

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UNFCCC Releases Views on National Adaptation Processes [viewed]

UNFCCC13 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a compilation of countries' adaptation planning experiences, including information on good practices and lessons learned in the areas of ecosystems, human settlements, water resources and health. Parties and partner organizations of the Nairobi Work Programme (NWP) on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change were also invited to submit information on monitoring and evaluation, and processes and structures for linking national and local adaptation planning.

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US, China Announce Emissions Targets [viewed]

china_us_flag11 November 2014: The US and China have released a joint announcement on climate change on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Beijing, China.

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APEC Ministers Address Wildlife, Energy, Oceans and Disaster Management [viewed]

apec10 November 2014: The 26th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting released a Joint Statement addressing the advancement of economic integration; promotion of innovative development, economic reform and growth; and strengthened comprehensive connectivity and infrastructure development, among other issues.

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UNEP Announces 2014 Champions of the Earth Laureates [viewed]

championsoftheearth7 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the recipients of the UN's highest environmental honor, the ‘Champions of the Earth Award,' which recognizes innovators and policymakers for service to the environment, saving lives, improving livelihoods and bettering environmental governance and conservation.

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IEA, ADB Identify Energy Efficiency Recommendations for Southeast Asia [viewed]

iea-adb31 October 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have developed a set of policy recommendations that address energy efficiency opportunities, barriers and policy needs in Southeast Asia. The recommendations come in the context of a decade of strong economic growth in Southeast Asia, where countries are now demonstrating increased political will to implement energy efficiency policies to curb the resulting rise in energy demand.

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