Asia

IEA Predicts Coal to Nearly Overtake Oil as Top Energy Source by 2017 [viewed]

IEA17 December 2012: The International Energy Agency's (IEA) newly released Medium-Term Coal Market Report (MCMR) predicts that coal will come close to overtaking oil as the world's top energy source by 2017. The report expects rising coal use in every region of the world, except the United States, where cheap and abundant shale gas is displacing coal.

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Adaptation Fund Board Accredits NIE, Approves Projects in Argentina and Sri Lanka [viewed]

Adaptation Fund14 December 2012: At its 19th meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) accredited its 15th National Implementing Entity (NIE), the International Cooperation Agency of Chile; and approved $12.3 million in grants to fund projects in Argentina and Sri Lanka.

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GWP NewsFlow Focuses on Doha Climate Change Conference [viewed]

December 2012: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) December 2012 edition of NewsFlow addresses issues ranging from water and climate change, transboundary water management, integrated water resources management (IWRM), gender mainstreaming and food security.

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ADB Releases Second Edition of the Greater Mekong Subregion Atlas of the Environment [viewed]

ADBDecember 2012: In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Economic Cooperation Program, initiated in 1992, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched the second edition of its GMS Atlas of the Environment.

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Icelandic Ambassador Says Japan Could Replace 25 Nuclear Plants Using Geothermal Energy [viewed]

15 December 2012: Stefan Stefansson, Ambassador of Iceland to Japan, delivered a lecture at the UN University (UNU) in Tokyo, Japan, as part of the UNU's Ambassador Lecture Series, recommending that Japan harness its untapped geothermal energy resources to minimize carbon dioxide emissions, lower heating bills and create jobs. 

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UNEP FI Newsletter Spotlights Post-Rio+20 Financing [viewed]

12 December 2012: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has released the December edition of its newsletter, spotlighting the launch event in London, UK, for its publication "Tomorrow's Capital Markets," which addresses new incentives structures for sustainable development, and a roundtable on sustainable finance held in Bensberg, Germany.

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Viet Nam Reflects on Phase I of its UN-REDD National Programme [viewed]

17 December 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (UN-REDD) national programme in Viet Nam has completed its first phase of implementation.

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UNDP Assists Asia Pacific Countries in Making the Most of Domestic Climate Finance [viewed]

UNDP14 December 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has reported on an initiative carried out in the Asia-Pacific region to help countries make the most of existing domestic climate finance to build climate-resilient roads, bridges, schools and other infrastructure, so as to prevent future losses.

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ADB Forum Discusses Flood Management in the Philippines [viewed]

ADB5 December 2012: The "Philippine Flood Management Knowledge Sharing Forum," organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Philippine Department of Public Works and Highways, brought together local and international experts to discuss ways the Philippines can improve its prevention, preparedness, response and recovery from floods. 

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UNISDR Reports on Decreasing Flood Mortality, Increasing Economic Losses in Asia [viewed]

11 December 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)'s early assessment of disaster trends across Asia for 2012 shows that flood event mortality has declined, but economic losses remained significant. Asia is the most disaster-prone region in the world, with 36% of worldwide reported disasters occurring there from 2000-2011.

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