Europe

Stakeholder Conference Discusses Drinking Water and Climate Change, Intersectoral Importance of Water [viewed]

3 October 2012: The European Commission's Directorate-General for the Environment has held a stakeholder conference under the framework of the project on “Adapting Drinking Water Resources to the Impacts of Climate Change in Europe" (ADWICE).

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UNDP Publication Highlights Biodiversity Loss, Recovery Strategies in Europe and CIS [viewed]

2 October 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a publication on biodiversity loss in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), highlighting the state of biodiversity in the region particularly in the context of climate change, and presenting some outcomes of its biodiversity work funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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Event: 12th IEA-IETA-EPRI Annual Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading [viewed]

This two-day annual workshop hosted by the International Energy Agency (IEA), in collaboration with Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the International Emission Trading Association (IETA), will bring together more than 130 senior officials from OECD countries, non-OECD countries corporate executives from electric companies, energy-intensive industries, brokerage companies and the financial community, analysts and researchers from non-governmental organizations and academia. Participants will discuss the evolution of GHG emissions trading programmes around the world. Topics to be addressed include: new and evolving global carbon markets; carbon market updates; the role of the carbon markets in future international efforts to finance climate mitigation; and the role of GHG emissions trading in current and emerging international trade disputes.  

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Leaders Stress Climate Action at UNGA High-level Debate [viewed]

28 September 2012: World leaders gathered for the fourth day of the High-level Debate of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) highlighted connections between climate change and sustainable development, and called for urgent action to address climate change.

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OECD Report Recommends Policies for the Promotion of Green Cars [viewed]

OECDSeptember 2012: A new report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), titled "Market Development for Green Cars," analyzes the barriers to the development of the market for alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) and proposes policies to overcome them.

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UNFCCC Publishes EU's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

26 September 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of the EU (FCCC/ARR/2011/EU) that states that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 13% between 1990 and 2009.

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UNGA High-level Debate Recognizes Climate Change Effects on Vulnerable States [viewed]

26 September 2012: During the second day of the High-level Debate of the 67th session UN General Assembly (UNGA), several speakers expressed commitments to address climate change. Others expressed concerns about the effects of climate change on vulnerable States and highlighted the potential for climate change to contribute to conflicts.

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UNFCCC Publishes the EU's Views on Implementing the Capacity-building Framework [viewed]

24 September 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a miscellaneous document on activities carried out to implement the framework for capacity building in developing countries under decision 2/CP.7 (FCCC/SBI/2012/MISC.9), which contains the EU's submission.

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Event: Third Mediterranean Forest Week [viewed]

The third Mediterranean Forest Week is being organized by the Governments of Algeria, France, Germany, Tunisia and Turkey along with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Secretariat of the Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions, l'Association Internationale Forêts Méditerranéennes (AIFM), Centre Technique Forestier Tropical (CTFT), The European Forest Institute (EFIMED), the Mediterranean Forests Model Network (MFMN), and Plan Bleu. The Week will be convened under the theme, "Mediterranean forests for sustainable development of territories: what strategies of mitigation and adaptation to global change". It will focus on strengthening links between the scientific community and other stakeholders working in, or reliant upon, Mediterranean Forests examining both the contribution of Mediterranean forests to economic development and ecosystem services and the links between climate change and Mediterranean forests.  

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EU Studies the Cost of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Heavy Duty Vehicles [viewed]

24 September 2012: The EU has released a study discussing the marginal cost abatement curves for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions for heavy duty vehicles (HDVs). The study has been released as part of work towards an EU-wide strategy for HDV emissions reductions.

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