Europe

Climate Change Dominates Pacific Island Forum Meeting [viewed]

3 August 2010: The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) is holding its 41st Annual Meeting in Port Vila, Vanuatu, from 3-6 August 2010, to give political guidance to the region, including on climate change.

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Event: International Scientific Conference on Advanced Scientific Tools for Desertification Policy [viewed]

This conference is co-organized by the Global Mechanism (GM), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). It aims to “set up a discussion on the scientific research tools and results, recently achieved at the European and international levels addressing desertification assessment and mitigation.”  

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European Environment Agency Publishes Mountain Biodiversity Message [viewed]

28 July 2010: The European Environment Agency has published the eighth of its “Ten Messages for 2010,” the International Year of Biodiversity, focusing on mountain ecosystems.

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UNECE, UNDP Organize Workshop on Renewables in CIS [viewed]

26 July 2010: The “Weekly” Newsletter of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) reports on an international workshop on renewable energy prospects in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), which was held in Minsk, Belarus, on 22-23 July 2010.

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EU and China Address Climate and Trade [viewed]

26 July 2010: In the framework of the EU-China Civil Society Round Table, a seminar on trade and development was held in Shanghai, China, from 22-24 July 2010, to address trade and development, trade and climate change, and investment and cooperation.

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IEA Publishes Review of French Energy Policies [viewed]

26 July 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released the latest in its series of policy reviews, “Energy Policies of IEA Countries – France 2009 Review,” which covers energy framework policies, sectoral policies and energy technologies.

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IEA Publishes Review of Turkish Energy Sector [viewed]

23 July 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released the latest in its series of policy reviews, titled “Energy Policies of IEA Countries – Turkey 2009 Review,” which contains evaluations and recommendations of Turkish energy framework policies, sectoral policies and technologies. 

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UNECE Project Explores Algae Biomass Production [viewed]

14 July 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is providing assistance in identifying opportunities to introduce algae biomass production in the Russian Federation through a project on the development of sustainable biomass trade and export opportunities.

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Brazil-EU Summit Addresses Sustainable Development and Bioenergy [viewed]

14 July 2010: The fourth Brazil-EU Summit was held in Brasília, Brazil, on 14 July 2010, and attended by Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. The resulting joint statement contains a section titled “Sustainable development, climate change, energy and biodiversity.”

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EIB Funds Low-Carbon Vehicle Engine Research at Ford [viewed]

12 July 2010: The European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide GBP 450 million to the car-maker Ford for the development of low-carbon emission diesel and petrol engines.

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