Oceans & Coasts

IMO Circulates Interim Measures to Reduce GHG from International Shipping [viewed]

© IMO17 July 2009: The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) held its 59th session from 13-17 July 2009, in London, UK, and agreed to circulate interim voluntary measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping. The MEPC also issued a work plan of market-based instruments to offset growing emissions in other sectors and to serve as an incentive for the industry to invest in more fuel-efficient technologies.

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CBD Report on Impacts of Ocean Fertilization on Marine Biodiversity Open for Peer-Review [viewed]

© CBD16 July 2009: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), has prepared a report on the potential impacts of direct human-induced ocean fertilization on marine biodiversity.

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AOSIS Calls on Major Economies to Adopt More Ambitious and Concrete Targets [viewed]

© UN-DESA SIDS10 July 2009: In a press conference held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, Dessima Williams, Permanent Representative of Grenada and Chairperson of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), welcomed the statements on climate change made by the leaders of the G8 industrialized economies and the 17 participants in the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, who met in L'Aquila, Italy, noting they signal their growing and positive engagement with the on-going negotiations.

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IWC Adopts Resolution on Climate and Other Environmental Changes and Cetaceans [viewed]

© IWC26 June 2009: At its 61st Annual Meeting, which took place from 22-26 June 2009, in Madeira, Portugal, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) adopted by consensus a resolution on Climate and Other Environmental Changes and Cetaceans, which had been submitted by the US and Norway.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Asia's Involvement in the Fight Against Climate Change [viewed]

16 June 2009: In a video message to the High-Level Dialogue: Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific, which was organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, the Philippines, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recalled that 2009 is the year of climate change and listed its impacts in the Asian region, including shrinking glaciers that threaten water supplies and food security, rising sea levels, desertification and land degradation.

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UN/ISDR Presents Reports on Disaster Risk and Climate Change [viewed]

© UN12 June 2009: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) presented two reports on risk reduction, adaptation and insurance within the context of climate change, at a side event held during the climate change talks in Bonn, Germany.

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World Oceans Day Highlights Impacts of Climate Change on Marine Life [viewed]

8 June 2009: World Oceans Day was celebrated officially for the first time on 8 June. The 2009 event focused on the theme “Our Oceans, Our Responsibility.” In a message to mark the Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the impacts of human activities on marine life, emphasizing that climate change causes sea temperature increases, sea-level rise and ocean acidification.

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CCS High-Level Conference Concludes [viewed]

© CCS Norway31 May 2009: Organized by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum and the Ministry of the Environment, the High-Level Conference on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) took place in Bergen, Norway, from 27-28 May 2009.

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Ramsar's Standing Committee Tasks its Scientific Panel to Review Wetlands and Climate Change [viewed]

© RAMSAR26 May 2009: During its 40th meeting, which took place from 11-15 May 2009, in Gland, Switzerland, the Ramsar Standing Committee approved the Scientific and Review Panel (STRP) work plan for 2009-2012.

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World Health Assembly Agrees to Climate Change and Health Action Plan [viewed]

© WHO22 May 2009: The 62nd World Health Assembly met from 18-22 May 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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