Europe

UNFCCC Photo, Video and Podcast Contest Winners Announced in Doha [viewed]

29 November 2012: The winners of the UNFCCC Photo and Video Contests for 2012 were announced at a ceremony in Doha, Qatar, hosted by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres.

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EIB Supports Water Sector Investments in Cantabria, Spain [viewed]

28 November 2012: The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved a €50 million loan to support investments in water and sanitation facilities in the Spanish region of Cantabria. The loan will help finance a project aimed at increasing water supply and wastewater management in coastal areas through the construction of new treatment plants and other sewage infrastructure.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Submission from Parties on Various Approaches [viewed]

UNFCCC29 November 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has circulated a submission to the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action (AWG LCA) from Australia, Canada, Japan, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Russian Federation, Ukraine and the US on various approaches, including opportunities for using markets, to enhance the cost-effectiveness of, and to promote, mitigation actions.

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EEA Reports on Participatory Scenarios of Security Risks from Climate Change [viewed]

EEA28 November 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a report presenting participatory-based scenarios of security risks from climate change, titled "Using Scenarios to Improve Understanding of Environment and Security Issues."

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Mitigation and MRV Newsletter Highlights Capacity-building Efforts [viewed]

November 2012: The International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV (Measuring, Reporting and Verification) has released the second edition of its quarterly Mitigation Newsletter. The October 2012 newsletter features the Partnership's first Autumn School on MRV, as well as a review of capacity-building workshops in Chile, Thailand and Costa Rica.

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EU Set to Meet €7.2 Billion Pledge in Fast Start Funding [viewed]

28 November 2012: The EU has reported that it is on track to deliver €7.2 billion in fast start funding by 2013 to developing countries to strengthen their resilience to climate change. According to a new publication, the EU and its member states have already mobilized €7.14 billion, amounting to almost one-third of the US$30 billion pledged by developing countries over the three years 2010-2012.

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COP 18 Participants Call for Greater Coordination of CBD, UNFCCC on REDD+ Safeguards [viewed]

27 November 2012: The Philippines Climate Change Commission, the Federal Office for the Environment Switzerland, the Ateneo School of Government and Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation jointly convened a side event on common guidance for safeguards on REDD+. The event included the presentation of results of a joint initiative between Switzerland and the Philippines.

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UNFCCC Releases QELRO's from Australia, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein and Ukraine [viewed]

UNFCCC26 November 2012: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG KP) released the quantified emission limitation or reduction objectives (QELROs) for the second commitment period from Australia, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein and Ukraine.

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UNFCCC Releases Submissions on the New Market Mechanism [viewed]

UNFCCC26 November 2012: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG LCA) released additional submissions from Cyprus and the European Commission (EC) on behalf of the EU and its member States and Papua New Guinea on views on the new market based mechanism.

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EEA Report Identifies Climate Change Impacts and Vulnerability in Europe [viewed]

EEA20 November 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a report, titled “Climate Change, Impacts and Vulnerability in Europe 2012: An Indicator-Based Report,” which stresses that climate change already has observable impacts on environmental and social systems in Europe and that further impacts are anticipated in the future.

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