Europe

European Commission JRC Study Identifies Areas at Risk of Desertification [viewed]

EU-SE4ALL22 October 2014: A study by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC) has identified areas in South America, Africa and Asia at climatological risk of desertification. The study, which used information from two indexes, found significant shifts in climate zones resulting from changes in the global hydrological cycle. As a result, arid areas have increased by 1.4-3.4% globally.

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EU to Exceed 2020 Energy and Climate Targets [viewed]

EEA28 October 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published an updated analysis of the EU's progress toward its 2020 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, renewable energy and efficiency goals. The results suggest that the EU is on track to meet all three targets by 2020, but that subsequent targets set for 2030 will require more effort nationally and at the EU level.

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Chairs Summarize Six Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Dialogues on SIDS [viewed]

sids-conference-20148 October 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) included six multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues aimed at launching new partnerships, sharing successes, and documenting progress on key issues important to SIDS' sustainable development. Summaries from the dialogues' Chairs, issued as a UN General Assembly document of 8 October 2014, highlight the array of partnerships committed to at the conference.

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Event: Conference on EU Energy Union [viewed]

The European Commission (EC), in cooperation with the Directorate-General for Energy and the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry, is organizing a conference under the theme 'How to shape Energy Policy so as to boost European competitiveness?'. The conference aims to analyze how the EU can achieve stable and affordable energy prices, increase industrial competitiveness and simultaneously meet climate and environmental objectives. Topics of discussion will include, inter alia, domestic energy resources, taxes and the EU emissions trading system (ETS). Participants will include high-level representatives of national and European institutions, authorities, industry, research centers, academics, civil society, political decision-makers and industry Chief Executive Officers (CEOs).  

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Western Balkans and Turkey Agree to Develop Regional Early Warning System [viewed]

unisdr.wmo.ec27 October 2014: Representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia and Turkey agreed to establish a region-wide approach to climate change adaptation and disaster resilience at the conclusion of a two-year project, ‘Building Resilience to Disasters in Western Balkans and Turkey.'

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GHGT-12 Examines CCS Advancements [viewed]

ieaghg27 October 2014: The Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme of the International Energy Agency (IEA) hosted the 12th Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Conference (GHGT-12), holding a series of technical discussions, an exhibition, poster session and plenaries to advance and share knowledge of technologies that do or can potentially allow the use of fossil fuels without further contributing to climate change.

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UN-REDD Summarizes Climate Summit 2014 Discourse on Forests [viewed]

UN-REDD ProgrammeOctober 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released summaries of forest-related outcomes from the UN Climate Summit 2014. The reports, which present proceedings of the Forests Plenary and Forests Pavilion held during the Summit, highlight the New York Declaration on Forests, a multi-stakeholder pledge to reduce deforestation and accelerate forest restoration.

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Workshop Addresses Urban Climate Change Resilience in Southeast Asia [viewed]

UN-HABITAT24 October 2014: UN-Habitat participated in a two-day, high-level event examining 'Environment Change and Urbanization in the South East Asia Region.' Commenting on how climate change will affect rapidly urbanizing areas in the region, Nguyen Quang, Director of UN-Habitat Viet Nam, noted that climate change has had "a direct effect on key urban infrastructure such as transportation, water supply and energy, and exacerbates urbanization problems."

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3GF Launches Partnerships on Waste, Energy, SCP [viewed]

3gf22 October 2014: The Fourth Global Green Growth Forum (3GF 2014) focused on the transformative actions required to promote sustainable consumption and production (SCP) for a greener economy. The Forum, held on 20-21 October 2014, in Copenhagen, Denmark, resulted in the launch or leveraging of 11 collaborative partnerships on waste, green energy solutions, sustainable production, and other issues.

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European Council Agrees on 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework [viewed]

European Council24 October 2014: The European Council has endorsed a binding EU target of at least a 40% domestic reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 compared to 1990, and will submit its contribution under the UNFCCC by the first quarter of 2015, in accordance with the timeline agreed at the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19). The target is part of the 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework agreed by the European Council at its meeting on 23-24 October 2014.

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