Europe

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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Switzerland and Peru Collaborate on GFCS Climate Project [viewed]

WMO30 October 2012: Peru and Switzerland have formed a partnership under the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) to conduct the "Climatic Services with Emphasis on the Andes in Support of Decision-making" (CLIMANDES) project. The project was announced during the World Meteorological Congress Extraordinary Session on the GFCS held from 29-31 October 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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EC Proposes One-Year Deferral of EU ETS International Aviation Compliance [viewed]

20 November 2012: The European Commission (EC) presented a legislative proposal to “stop the clock” on monitoring and reporting of aviation emissions for flights into and out of Europe, by deferring for one year the requirements under the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) for airlines to surrender these emission allowances. Flights within Europe will continue to be covered by the regulation.

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Nordic Countries, IEA Plan for Regional Carbon-Neutral Energy System by 2050 [viewed]

20 November 2012: Developing a carbon-neutral energy system in the Nordic region by 2050 is possible, according to a report preview released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in collaboration with Nordic Energy Research and other research institutes.

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ICAO Council Forms High-Level Group on Market-Based Measures, EU ETS "Stops the Clock" on Aviation [viewed]

15 November 2012: At the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council meeting on 9 November 2012, Council members agreed to form a High-level Group to provide recommendations related to the feasibility of a global market-based measure (MBM) scheme for greenhouse gas emissions from international aviation and to develop a policy Framework to guide the general application of any proposed MBM for air transport activity.

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UNFCCC Releases Report on National GHG Inventory Data for 1990-2010 [viewed]

UNFCCC16 November 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a report on national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory data for the period 1990-2010 for all 42 Annex I Parties (FCCC/SBI/2012/31). It highlights that total aggregate GHG emissions excluding land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) decreased by 8.9%, and including LULUCF decreased by 14.6%.

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