Europe

European Commission Releases Methodologies for Estimating Shipping Emissions [viewed]

20 December 2010: The European Commission's Joint Research Centre has published a report aiming to provide the first comprehensive overview of methodologies for estimating air emissions from shipping, which describes technological solutions and analyzes policy options for reducing carbon emissions in the sector.

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EU Works Towards Resource-Efficiency Strategy [viewed]

20 December 2010: Environment ministers discussed a proposal to establish a strategy on resource efficiency in 2011, as well as preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20).

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Germany Commits Funding to FAO for Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

17 December 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN announced Germany's commitment of almost $6 million for climate-smart agriculture, sustainable livelihoods and food and nutrition security.

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EU and Pacific Islands Forum Launch Joint Climate Initiative [viewed]

15 December 2010: Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development, and Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, launched a "Joint Pacific-EU Initiative on Climate Change" to mobilize EU member States and international partners to jointly support the reinforcement of Pacific countries' capacity to address the impacts of climate change more efficiently.

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EU Ministers Discuss CAP Reforms, Disaster Response [viewed]

14 December 2010: EU ministers for agriculture met in Brussels, Belgium, on 13-14 December 2010, to discuss a new agricultural policy, while the Council of EU Ministers on General Affairs met in Brussels, Belgium, on 14 December 2010, to discuss options for an enhanced and cost-effective European disaster response.

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UNECE, WHO Organize Symposium on Green Investment in Transport [viewed]

13 December 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the World Health Organization's (WHO) Regional Office for Europe organized a symposium on “Green and health-friendly investment and jobs in transport,” in the framework of The Pan-European Programme on Transport, Health and Environment (THE PEP).

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European Commission Unveils Proposed Strategy for Danube Region [viewed]

9 December 2010: The European Commission has released a proposal for an EU Strategy for the Danube Region, aimed at developing sustainable growth and environmental protection. By establishing a framework for long-term cooperation on a wide range of issues, the Strategy is expected to contribute to improving sustainable transport, linking energy systems, protecting the environment, preserving water resources and stimulating business.

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World Bank, UNDP, Denmark and AOSIS to Support Renewable Energy in SIDS [viewed]

8 December 2010: The Government of Denmark, the World Bank and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) to support island countries in scaling up their renewable energy efforts and shift to greater energy efficiency.

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UNFCCC Publishes Liechtenstein's GHG Inventory Report [viewed]

7 December 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the annual GHG inventory submission report (FCCC/ARR/2010/LIE) of Liechtenstein.

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GEF Approves Housing Energy Efficiency Project [viewed]

3 December 2010: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved a US$9.6 million project to improve energy efficiency of houses in the Russian Federation.

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