Human Settlements & Population

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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Guest Article #88: Momentum for Change: Recognizing Climate Action on the Ground [viewed]

As delegates from around the world gather in Doha for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 18/CMP 8), they will have to tackle significant political issues that remain to be resolved in the UNFCCC negotiation process. However, I hope they also keep in mind that action on the ground to address climate change is already taking place and we need to do a better job at recognizing such activities.

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Event: Transforming Transportation 2013 [viewed]

The World Bank and the World Resources Institute's (WRI) sustainable transport center, EMBARQ, will co-host the 10th annual "Transforming Transportation" event on sustainable transport. The 2013 agenda will discuss, inter alia: capitalizing on the multilateral development banks' $175 billion commitment for sustainable transport made during Rio+20; opportunities for sustainable transport in China, India and Latin America; integrating urban transport and development; improving transport health and safety in cities; and bringing shared bicycle solutions to scale in developing countries.  

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Nordic Countries, IEA Plan for Regional Carbon-Neutral Energy System by 2050 [viewed]

20 November 2012: Developing a carbon-neutral energy system in the Nordic region by 2050 is possible, according to a report preview released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in collaboration with Nordic Energy Research and other research institutes.

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Global Compact, Accenture Release Reports on Business Opportunities for Sustainable Energy for All [viewed]

8 November 2012: The UN Global Compact and Accenture have released 19 sectoral reports within the theme of "Sustainable Energy for All: The Business Opportunity." The reports identify priority activities and challenges for businesses to support the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative.

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GEF SGP Supports Renewable Energy Projects in Industrial Region of Ukraine [viewed]

31 October 2012:  The Global Environment Facility's Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) has conceded US$149,415 for the development of three projects to combat climate change in Ukraine. Implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), this funding has the potential to affect 1,200 people in the Teplychne community, GEF SGP notes.

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ADB Releases Evaluation of Disaster Support [viewed]

ADB13 November 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released an independent evaluation study titled “Special Evaluation Study on ADB's Response to Natural Disasters and Disaster Risks,” which reviews the Bank's disaster-related projects and programmes, and explores ways to improve ADB operations in the natural disaster management cycle. 

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IEA BEEP Database Receives Energy Efficiency Innovator Award [viewed]

IEA12 November 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has announced that its Building Energy Efficiency Policies (BEEP) database was awarded the 2012 Energy Efficiency Innovator Award as the best international energy efficiency project.

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UNDP, UN-Habitat Hold Asian Workshop on Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

UNDP29 October 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) held a one-day workshop with mayors and senior officials from ten Asian cities to discuss action on cities, poverty and climate change.

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UNFCCC's Momentum for Change Initiative to Showcase "Lighthouse Activities" in Doha [viewed]

UNFCCC7 November 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the latest round of public-private "lighthouse activities" in developing countries, as part of the Momentum for Change Initiative. Activities selected either contribute to curb greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions or help people adapt to climate change, while benefitting the urban poor. 

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