Europe

EEA Report Addresses End-User GHG Emissions From Energy [viewed]

EEA20 December 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a technical report examining the demand-side aspects of energy sector greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions trends in the European Union, titled “End-User GHGEmissions from Energy: Reallocations of Emissions from Energy Industries to End Users 2005-2010.”

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EC, Germany Pledge Support to UNDP GHG Mitigation Efforts [viewed]

UNDP20 December 2012: The European Commission (EC) and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) have each announced a €5 million contribution to the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Programme.

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EEA Report Highlights Impacts of Invasive Alien Species in Europe [viewed]

EEA20 December 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a report on the impacts of invasive alien species (IAS) in Europe, aiming to raise awareness and inform all stakeholders, including the general public about the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of IAS.

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Global LEAP Awards Outstanding Off-grid Solar Lighting Products [viewed]

19 December 2012: The Clean Energy Ministerial's (CEM) Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) has announced the laureates of the Lighting Global Outstanding Product Awards, which recognizes sustainable off-grid solar lighting products for people without access to electricity in developing countries.

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IEA Predicts Coal to Nearly Overtake Oil as Top Energy Source by 2017 [viewed]

IEA17 December 2012: The International Energy Agency's (IEA) newly released Medium-Term Coal Market Report (MCMR) predicts that coal will come close to overtaking oil as the world's top energy source by 2017. The report expects rising coal use in every region of the world, except the United States, where cheap and abundant shale gas is displacing coal.

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Flood Prevention Funds Sought by Italy, UNISDR Reports [viewed]

18 December 2012: Reporting on recent flooding in Italy and the Italian Government's efforts to secure €40 billion over the next 15 years for flood prevention, the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction - Regional Office for Europe (UNISDR EUR) highlighted the need for risk management and reduction to address known and emerging risks.

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Event: INC-Forests 4 [viewed]

The fourth and final session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests 4) is slated to complete negotiations for a legally binding agreement (LBA) on forests.  

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Emissions Revenues Contribute to €1.2 Billion in New EU Renewable Energy Grants [viewed]

18 December 2012: The European Commission has awarded over €1.2 billion in grants to 23 renewable energy projects covering a range of technologies, including: bioenergy; concentrated solar power; geothermal power; wind; ocean energy and smart grids for distributed renewable energy management.

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Icelandic Ambassador Says Japan Could Replace 25 Nuclear Plants Using Geothermal Energy [viewed]

15 December 2012: Stefan Stefansson, Ambassador of Iceland to Japan, delivered a lecture at the UN University (UNU) in Tokyo, Japan, as part of the UNU's Ambassador Lecture Series, recommending that Japan harness its untapped geothermal energy resources to minimize carbon dioxide emissions, lower heating bills and create jobs. 

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OSCE Project Reduces Flood Risk in Western Ukraine [viewed]

17 December 2012: A project supported by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), implemented by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the OSCE, installed two automated monitoring stations on the Dniester River in Western Ukraine.

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