Transport

UNCTAD Organizing Expert Meeting on Maritime Transport and Climate Change [viewed]

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January 2009: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is organizing an expert meeting on “Maritime transport and the climate change challenge.” The meeting, which will convene from 16-18 February 2009, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, aims to help identify relevant policy actions for climate change mitigation and adaptation in maritime transport, while furthering other objectives such as transport efficiency, trade facilitation, trade competitiveness and sustainable development.

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UNEP Reports Successful Testing of Jatropha-Fuelled Flight [viewed]

Safe landing for Air New Zealand's jatropha-fuelled flight 31 December 2008: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Climate Neutral Network has reported that Air New Zealand successfully tested a new jatropha-fuelled jumbo jet. The airline said the experience demonstrated that jatropha biofuel is suitable for use in airplanes without the need for engine modifications.

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World Bank Releases Report on Latin American and Caribbean Responses to Climate Change [viewed]

Global financial & climate crises 10 December 2008: The World Bank released a new report entitled “Low Carbon, High Growth: Latin American Responses to Climate Change.” The study argues that a shift towards low carbon activities could enhance the region's competitiveness and contribute to a faster recovery from the current economic meltdown.

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UN Environment Management Group Discuss Climate Neutral UN [viewed]

10 December 2008: The 14th Senior Officials Meeting of the Environment Management Group (EMG) convened on 10 December 2008, in Poznań, Poland. Participants discussed: implementation of the 2007 commitment by the Chief Executives Board on moving towards a climate-neutral UN, including the development of a Climate Neutral Knowledge Management website that will document individual agency's greenhouse gas emissions and reductions; the cost implications and budgetary modalities of purchasing carbon offsets; and future EMG work, including a possible strategic process and the strategy for implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and the 2010 biodiversity targets.

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World Bank Releases Report on Weather and Climate Services in Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

Climate Weather Data 6 December 2008: A new report released by the World Bank suggests that forecasting improvements in Europe and Central Asia can play a critical role in improving the economy and mitigating the impacts of disasters in the region. The report “Weather and Climate Services in Europe and Central Asia: A Regional Review” explains why improving weather monitoring systems can help mitigate damaging economic impacts of weather disasters, support increased productivity of agriculture, conserve energy, and promote safe aviation and transport by road and rail.

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IEA Releases 25 Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations [viewed]

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5 December 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released 25 energy efficiency policy recommendations that were endorsed by G8 Heads of State.

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ICAO to Hold Workshop on Aviation and Alternative Fuels [viewed]

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December 2008: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is organizing a Workshop on Aviation and Alternative Fuels.

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ICAO Council President: “Ultimate Goal” Must be the Elimination of Carbon Emissions from Aviation [viewed]

Roberto Kobeh González, President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) 24 November 2008: The 45th Conference of Directors General of Civil Aviation of the Asia and Pacific Regions is taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 24-28 November 2008, under the theme “Cooperating towards enhanced aviation safety, security, efficiency and environment.”

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Brazil's President Lula Closes International Biofuels Conference, Calls for Investments in New Energy Sources [viewed]

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva 21 November 2008: Speaking at the closing of the International Conference on Biofuels, which convened from 17-21 November 2008, in São Paolo, Brazil, Brazil's President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva called on industrialized countries to invest in the production of biofuels in impoverished countries that have available land, such as African countries.

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First Carbon Neutral Airline Joins UNEP's Climate Neutral Network [viewed]

Cnet 20 November 2008: The first carbon neutral airline,

NatureAir of Costa Rica, has joined the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP)

Climate Neutral Network (CN Net).

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