Human Settlements & Population

Conference on Climate Change and Displacement Drafts Guiding Principles [viewed]

7 June 2011: The Nansen Conference on Climate Change and Displacement in the 21st Century drafted a set of principles to guide responses to challenges posed by the impacts of climate change.

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Guest Article #60: Clean Air and Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

The UN Environment Programme estimates that annually, one million people die prematurely around the World by being exposed to high levels of urban air pollution; this number represents about 114 premature deaths worldwide per hour. In Latin America, conservative estimates indicate that 35,000 people die prematurely annually from this exposure. All these deaths can and should be avoided.

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World Bank Publishes Study on Climate Change Impacts in North African Cities [viewed]

4 June 2011: The World Bank led a study on “Climate Change Adaptation and Natural Disasters Preparedness in the Coastal Cities of North Africa,” which estimates that the economic impacts of climate change in Alexandria, Casablanca and Tunis will be more than $1 billion each between now and 2030.

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World Bank Partners with C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group [viewed]

1 June 2011: The World Bank and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), a group of large cities committed to addressing climate change, have partnered to accelerate current action by cities aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improving their resilience to climate change.

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REEEP Interview Highlights Perverse Incentives in Energy Systems [viewed]

6 May 2011: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership's (REEEP) Sustainable Energy Regulation Network (SERN) has published an interview with Walt Patterson, Chatham House, London, on the current state of electricity systems.

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EBRD Supports Energy Efficient Projects in Hungary [viewed]

19 May 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Erste Bank Hungary signed an agreement providing for a EUR15 million loan facility to stimulate energy efficiency projects in Hungarian municipalities, municipal companies and private energy saving companies providing services to local authorities.

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GEF Approves UN-HABITAT/UNEP East Africa Energy Efficient Project [viewed]

18 May 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved a joint UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)/UN Environment Programme (UNEP) project that aims to promote energy efficiency measures in the building sector in East Africa in order to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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OECD Paper Investigates Indian Urban Mobility Challenges [viewed]

May 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) International Transport Forum (ITF) has published a discussion paper titled “Key Mobility Challenges in Indian Cities,” which identifies challenges in urban mobility in India under three sections: urbanization and transport; urban mobility challenges; and current policies and interventions.

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OECD Paper Investigates Challenges of Chinese Urban Transport [viewed]

May 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) International Transport Forum (ITF) has released a new discussion paper, titled “Implementing Sustainable Urban Travel Policies in China,” highlighting the complexity of urban transport decision-making in the Chinese context.

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ADB Supports Lending for Green Buildings in China [viewed]

16 May 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is lending CNY 300 million in partial credit guarantees to Shanghai Pudong Development (SPD) Bank, to support private-sector financing of green buildings in China.

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