Europe

EC President Outlines Five-year Programme [viewed]

7 September 2010: European Commission (EC) President Manuel Barroso sent a letter to the European Parliament to present his political guidelines for the next five years, including on climate change.

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GEF SGP Funds Bicycle Rental Scheme in Macedonia [viewed]

3 September 2010: The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Program (GEF-SGP)  is funding bicycle rental as an alternative means of urban transportation, and to reduce congested traffic and air pollution, in Skopje, Macedonia.

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EBRD and Japan Sign MoU to Support Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

3 September 2010: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate in the co-financing of environmental projects, the development of carbon emission reduction instruments, and co-financing and non-sovereign financing of municipal infrastructure, in particular linked to climate-related projects.

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FAO's Silva Mediterranea Focuses on Forest Fires and Climate Change [viewed]

August 2010: The latest issue of FAO's Silva Mediterranea focuses on the prevention of forest fires in the Mediterranean region in a changing climate.

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EEA Publishes Coastal Ecosystem Message [viewed]

25 August 2010: The European Environment Agency (EEA) of the EU has published the ninth in its series of '10 messages for 2010,' the International Year of Biodiversity. The newest message focuses on coastal ecosystems.

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WMO Comments on Current Extreme Events [viewed]

11 August 2010: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has published information for the media on the unprecedented sequence of extreme weather events that have recently taken place in different parts of the world.

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WHO Facilitates Exchange of Experience on Health Risks Evaluation [viewed]

4 August 2010: The World Health Organization (WHO), together with the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Government of Costa Rica, organized a meeting in late July 2010 to share experiences in evaluating health risks.

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Event: UNECE Group of Experts on Global Energy Efficiency 21 [viewed]

This meeting will be held in the framework of the project Financing Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation, which seeks to promote the formation of a market for energy efficiency in 12 Eastern European, South-eastern European and Central Asian countries to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  

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Event: IEA Energy Efficiency and Clean Coal Technologies Workshop [viewed]

This workshop will discuss clean coal technologies and policy to improve the efficiency of coal-fired electricity generation and carbon capture and storage (CCS), concentrating on the particular circumstances of the Russian Federation. Taking place in multiple venues, including the Skochinsky Institute of Mining and the All-Russian Thermal Engineering Institute, key Russian stakeholders and international actors will participate to review methods to maximize the utility of coal use and reduce the environmental impact of coal energy generation.  

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World Bank Supports Climate Risk Preparedness in Moldova [viewed]

5 August 2010: The World Bank approved a US$10 million project to manage climate and disaster risks in Moldova, through strengthening the State Hydrometeorological Service's ability to forecast severe weather and improving Moldova's capacity to prepare for, and respond to, natural disasters.

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