Europe

IEA Projects 2.1% Annual Growth in Coal Demand through 2019 [viewed]

IEA15 December 2014: The 2014 Medium-Term Coal Market Report, published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), finds that coal demand will continue to grow at an average annual rate of 2.1% until 2019. China is expected to account for three-fifths of that demand, while modest declines in coal consumption in the US and EU will be offset by growth in India's demand, according to the report.

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EU Ministers Call for Policy Coherence in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

EU16 December 2014: The Council of the European Union (EU) discussed and adopted the conclusions of its Foreign Affairs Council on coordination of international aid efforts in the context of the post-2015 development agenda, highlighting the need to approach the issues in a “truly transformative” manner and to promote policy coherence.

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UNECE Region Adopts Framework to Reduce Air Pollution from Agriculture [viewed]

UNECE12 December 2014: Parties to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP) have adopted an ‘Ammonia Framework Code' to help countries reduce ammonia emissions from agriculture, which threaten human health, causing cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Atmospheric ammonia, a major contributor to air pollution, also leads to acidification and excessive nutrient loading, resulting in biodiversity loss in many of the most vulnerable ecosystems.

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Lima Call for Climate Action Lays Foundation for 2015 Agreement in Paris [viewed]

cop20-closing14 December 2014: The Lima Climate Change Conference concluded with the Lima Call for Climate Action, which lays the groundwork for a 2015 climate agreement in Paris, including rules on how countries can submit intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) during the first quarter of 2015.

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COP 20 Event Reviews Russian Climate Policies, Progress and Prospects [viewed]

limacop2012 December 2014: Organized by the Russian Federation and Center for Environmental Innovation (CEI), the event titled 'Goals and Objectives of the Russian Climate Policy up to 2020 and Prospects for 2030' described the country's goals to: achieve low-carbon sustainable development; implement environmental management systems and ecologically effective technologies; and develop the recycling industry. The event convened on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference.

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COP 20 Panel Discusses Land-Based Adaptation Indicator [viewed]

limacop2011 December 2014: Participants focused on the linkages between adaptation and sustainable land and ecosystem management as well as monitoring progress in these areas at an event organized by the Government of China and supported by the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The side event, titled 'Building a Common Indicator on Land-Based Adaptation for Reporting on the Rio Conventions,' was co-convened with the Governments of Costa Rica, France, Morocco, Myanmar, Panama and Senegal on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference.

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Peru, Colombia, Austria Bring GCF Pledges Near US$10.2 Billion [viewed]

green-climate-fund-new11 December 2014: Peru, Colombia and Austria announced pledges to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) during the Lima Climate Change Conference. The contributions bring the total pledged close to US$10.2 billion equivalent from 27 countries.

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IDDRI Roundtables Consider Latin American Views on Post-2015 Agreement [viewed]

limacop2010 December 2014: Latin American and Caribbean policy makers and representatives from think tanks gathered for two roundtables organized by the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI). The roundtables convened as part of the side event 'Latin America and Caribbean Think Tanks' Views on the Road to Paris 2015,' which took place at the Lima Climate Change Conference.

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GSI COP 20 Event: Fossil-Fuel Subsidies Threaten Decarbonization Efforts [viewed]

limacop2010 December 2014: The Friends of Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform and the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) held an event on 'Maximizing Contributions to Emissions Mitigation from Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform' on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference. The event outlined support available to countries undergoing subsidy reform and launched the GSI publication 'The Impact of Fossil-Fuel Subsidies on Renewable Electricity Generation.'

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Austrian Panel on Climate Change Presents 2014 Assessment Report [viewed]

limacop2010 December 2014: The 'Austrian Assessment Report 2014' of the Austrian Panel on Climate Change (APCC) was presented at a side event at the Lima Climate Change Conference. The report provides an overview of research on climate change in Austria. Participants heard high-level statements and presentations on the findings and potential actions stemming from the report.

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