Transport

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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UNEP and ESCAP Hold Workshop on Air Quality and Climate Change Solutions in Asian Cities [viewed]

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14 November 2008: The Better Air Quality 2008 workshop,

which took place from 12-14 November 2008, in Bangkok, Thailand, brought

together about 1,000 participants from over 35 countries and was organized

around the theme: “Air quality and climate change: scaling up win-win solutions

in Asia.”

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European Council Adopts Directive on Inclusion of Aviation in its ETS [viewed]

27 October 2008: The European Council has adopted a

directive (document 3657/08) that includes aviation activities in the EU

greenhouse gas emission trading scheme (ETS).

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UNGA Second Committee Considers Human Settlements and Climate Change [viewed]

UN-HABITAT Chief, in Second Committee, cites ‘Rapid and Chaotic' Urbanization, Shortage of Affordable Housing as Causes of Global Financial Crisis 28 October 2008: The Second Committee on Economic and Financial issues, of the 63rd UN General Assembly (UNGA), considered the report of the Secretary-General on the Implementation of the Outcome of the UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) and strengthening of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) (document A/63/291).

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