Europe

European Commission Launches Urban Adaptation Project [viewed]

17 April 2012: The European Commission Directorate General (DG) Climate Action has launched a project to help European cities adapt to climate change. The project, with is placed with a consortium led by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and others, will prepare cities to address the challenges posed by climate change through capacity building, exchange of knowledge and best practices, and the development of tools and guidance.

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Event: International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 Conference [viewed]

The International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 Conference draws international attention to the polar regions, global change, and related environmental, social and economic issues. Organized around the theme "From Knowledge to Action," the event brings together over 2,000 Arctic and Antarctic researchers, policy- and decision-makers, and a broad range of interested parties from academia, industry, NGO, education and circumpolar communities including indigenous peoples. The conference seeks to build on the momentum of IPY 2007-2008, which increased understanding of how indigenous knowledge could be combined with instrumented data in monitoring the changes in polar ice, snow and vegetation cover, marine and terrestrial animal migrations, and behavioral patterns of polar animals, birds, fish and cetacean species.  

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Climate and Clean Air Coalition Welcomes New Partners [viewed]

24 April 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that the first meeting of the working group and the High Level Assembly of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition welcomed new parties to the Coalition, agreed on five initiatives for rapid implementation, and established a Trust Fund managed by the UNEP-hosted Secretariat.   

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Report Reviews Progress on CCS Deployment [viewed]

26 April 2012: The IEA and Global CCS Institute presented a report at the third Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM3) that tracks progress made on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) against recommendations made in 2011.

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International Polar Year 2012 Conference Discusses Moving from Knowledge to Action [viewed]

27 April 2012: The International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 Conference convened around the theme “From Knowledge to Action,” with discussions on a variety of issues related to Arctic issues. Panel sessions addressed, inter alia: Earth structure and geodynamics; polar ocean processes; permafrost; marine, territorial and freshwater polar ecosystems; and communicating polar science.

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UNECE Workshop Focuses on Climate Change Impacts on Transboundary Basins [viewed]

UNECE26 April 2012: The Third Workshop on Water and Climate Change in Transboundary Basins, which addressed the theme "Making Adaptation Work," called attention to the expected impacts on climate change, including the higher risk of drought and floods, on shared transboundary basins. The event brought together over 140 participants to discuss conflict prevention and cooperation to address climate change adaptation at the transboundary level.

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UNFCCC Releases Parties' Views on a Workplan for the AWG-DPA [viewed]

30 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions from 12 Parties containing their views on a workplan for the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (AWG-DPA) (FCCC/ADP/2012/MISC.3).

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UNFCCC Reports on Status of Fifth National Communications from Annex I Parties [viewed]

30 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a note on the status of submission and review of fifth national communications from Parties included in Annex I to the Convention (Annex I Parties) (FCCC/SBI/2012/INF.6).

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

27 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of the UK (FCCC/ARR/2011/GBR), which shows that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 27.2% between 1990 and 2009, and by 8.7% in 2009 compared with 2008.

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

27 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of Turkey (FCCC/ARR/2011/TUR), which shows that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions increased by 97.6% between 1990 and 2009.

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