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Event: International Conference on Cryosphere: Changes, Impacts and Adaptation [viewed]

This conference will examine the current state of cryospheric research and will also provide a forum to discuss ongoing research efforts and international cooperation, to explore future research projects and to define a general strategy for cryosphere studies and management. The cryosphere is that part of the Earth System consisting of all snow, ice and frozen ground on and beneath the surface of the Earth and ocean. It includes ice sheets, glaciers, ice caps, icebergs, sea ice, snow cover, permafrost and seasonally frozen ground, as well as lake- and river-ice. The cryosphere is a sensitive component of the climate system, and provides key indicators of climate change. The conference is organized by the State Key Laboratory of Cryospheric Sciences (SKLCS), CAREERI, CAS; Key Laboratory of Tibetan Environmental Change and Land Surface Processes; and the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences (CAMS). It is co-sponsored by, inter alia, the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO.  

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UNDP Launches Small Hydropower Project in Tajikistan [viewed]

UNDP9 August 2012: The Energy and Environment Programme of the UN Development Program (UNDP) has launched the “Technology Transfer and Market Development for Small Hydropower in Tajikistan” project, which aims to accelerate small-scale hydropower (SHP) generation through capacity building, supportive legal and regulatory frameworks and sustainable delivery models.

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World Bank Supports Methane from Wastes Recovery Project on Pig Farms in the Philippines [viewed]

World Bank7 August 2012: The World Bank is supporting the Philippines in the development of an efficient farm waste collection system in the Philippines. The system allows farmers to obtain carbon credits through the installation of anaerobic wastewater treatment systems that save methane emissions.

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Many Strong Voices Highlights Historical Documents on Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

August 2012: Many Strong Voices (MSV), a collaboration between coastal communities in the Arctic and small island developing States (SIDS) that seeks to promote action on climate change, is working to ensure that information on historical documents relevant to climate change adaptation is available. As part of this effort, MSV highlighted two historical environment and climate change initiatives.  

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IEA Wind Annual Report Highlights 24% Increase in Global Wind Generation in 2011 [viewed]

IEA31 July 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published IEA WIND's 2011 Annual Report, outlining trends in wind energy deployment, as well as cooperative research, development and deployment efforts of IEA member governments and organizations.

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Event: Third Asian Development Bank Transport Forum [viewed]

The third Asian Development Bank (ADB) Transport Forum will convene under the theme "Inclusive and Sustainable Transport". The Forum aims to provide the opportunity to discuss and debate the most critical issues currently facing transport in the Asia Pacific region. Sessions will address, inter alia, urban transport, road safety, green freight and transport technologies, climate change resilience, mode choice, socially inclusive transport, road asset management, and cross-border transport.  

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UNEP Announces Winners of World Environment Day Challenge [viewed]

UNEP2 August 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the five winners of the World Environment Day (WED) Challenge 2012. UNEP announced winners from Kenya, Colombia, Australia, India and Bangladesh, who will each win a fuel-efficient car.

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APEC Energy Overview 2011 Provides Policy, Market, Investment and Infrastructure Information for APEC's 21 Members [viewed]

2 August 2012: The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) has released a report, titled “APEC Energy Overview 2011,” which provides an overview of energy data, energy policy information, and new energy developments in its 21 member economies.

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World Bank Outlines DRR Plans in Viet Nam [viewed]

World Bank2 August 2012: The World Bank has reported on projects implemented in Viet Nam since 2006 to promote disaster risk reduction (DRR), with partners including the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and AusAID.

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GEF Reports on Renewable Energy Innovative Approaches in Nepal [viewed]

GEFJuly 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) has released a publication titled “A Dozen Innovative Renewable Energy Technologies,” which describes recent projects and focuses on successful experiences in promoting renewable energy in Nepal.

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