Europe

Germany, UK Launch Joint Initiative for NAMA Support [viewed]

6 December 2012: The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) of the UK have launched the "NAMA Facility" to support countries to implement Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMAs) to address climate change.

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UNECE Releases Second Environmental Performance Review of Tajikistan [viewed]

UNECE14 December 2012: The "Second Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Tajikistan" conducted by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) highlights that waste management and clean water and sanitation remain challenges for this country. UNECE EPRs cover ten elements including: environmental policymaking, planning and implementation; financing of environmental policies; waste and water management; biodiversity conservation; and integration of environmental issues into energy and health policies.

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UNFCCC Publishes Corrigendum to Russia's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

13 December 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a Corrigendum to the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of the Russian Federation (FCCC/ARR/2011/RUS/Corr.1). The corrigendum introduces some amendments to the information reported on emissions by sources and removals by sinks of greenhouse gases (GHGs) resulting from land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) activities, in accordance with Article 3, paragraphs 3 and 4.

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EEA Assesses Emissions Performance of Car Manufacturers [viewed]

EEA11 December 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report, titled “CO2 emissions performance of car manufacturers in 2011,” showing that between 2010 and 2011, all major car makers in the EU had reduced carbon dioxide emissions of vehicles they manufactured, with all but two companies meeting or reaching beyond the standard required for 2012.

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FAO Stresses Importance of Neglected Crops to Tackle Climate and Food Security Challenges [viewed]

FAO10 December 2012: Addressing a seminar on "Crops for the 21st Century," José Graziano da Silva, Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), described the importance of conserving crop diversity, noting that approximately 7,000 plant species have been consumed as food throughout human history, and that many of these species are disappearing.

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FAO Infosylva Highlights Brazils' Low Deforestation Rate in the Amazon [viewed]

FAODecember 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the 22nd edition of its 2012 Infosylva newsletter, which highlights the lowest rates of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon since records began in 1988.

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EC Launches Public Consultation on Emissions Trading System [viewed]

7 December 2012: The European Commission has launched an online public consultation, calling for comments from all stakeholders or experts in the field of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). The Commission is seeking feedback on structural options and views reflected in the report, titled “The state of the European carbon market in 2012,” which was published in November 2012. The consultation is open until 28 February 2013.

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EEA, OSCE Brochure Promotes Scenario Building for Assessing Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

28 November 2012: The Organization for Security Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the European Environment Agency (EEA) have published a brochure, titled "Using Scenarios to Improve Understanding of Environment and Security Issues," which summarizes the findings of a project to assess the security implications of climate change in Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans and Central Asia.

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Six Countries Join CCAC, Pledge to Reduce SLCPs [viewed]

6 December 2012: Chile, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Maldives, the Netherlands and the Republic of Korea joined the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) at a ministerial meeting on the sidelines of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC in Doha, Qatar. The CCAC aims to catalyze action on reducing black carbon, methane, certain hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and other short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) to maximize agricultural, climate, energy and health benefits.

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IEA Bioenergy Newsletter Highlights Bioenergy Potential and Challenges in Austria [viewed]

IEA5 December 2012: The December issue of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) Implementing Agreement on Bioenergy (IEA Bioenergy) newsletter highlights activities at the 70th meeting of the IEA Bioenergy Executive Committee (ExCo70), bioenergy in Austria, and Task 40 on Sustainable International Bioenergy Trade.

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