Europe

UNECE Meeting on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution Amends Gothenburg Protocol [viewed]

UNECE4 May 2012: The 30th Session of the Executive Body for the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP) adopted amendments to the 1999 Gothenburg Protocol to Abate Acidification, Eutrophication and Ground-level Ozone (Gothenburg Protocol). The amendments include national emission reduction commitments to be achieved by 2020 and beyond, and address, for the first time, particulate matter, including black carbon, a short-lived climate forcer.

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European Commission Vice-President Kroes Calls for ICT to Build Sustainable Cities at Energy and ICT Conference [viewed]

EC3 May 2012: The European Commission Vice-President responsible for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, addressed the Smart Energy and Sustainable Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Conference, calling for Europe to use ICT to address the “challenge of managing energy resources.”

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EU-China High Level Meeting on Energy Sees Declarations on Urbanization, Energy Security, and Electricity Markets [viewed]

European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso and Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang3 May 2012: European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso and Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang met in Brussels, Belgium, in the First EU-China High Level Meeting on Energy, which saw the signing of a number of agreements and declarations.

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Guidelines for Technical Review of EU Member States' GHG Inventories Released [viewed]

EU2 May 2012: The European Commission has published a Staff Working Document, prepared by the European Environment Agency (EEA) in consultation with the EU Climate Change Committee, containing guidelines for a technical review of EU Member States' greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories. The review will be overseen by a review secretariat within the EEA and a technical expert review team.

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UNEP/GRID-Arendal, British Council Host Wadden Sea Climate Training [viewed]

3 May 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/GRID-Arendal and the British Council hosted, with support from Youth in Action, the Wadden Sea Climate Training. The training allowed 15 European youth to experience first-hand the world's most important inter-tidal zone on the frontline of climate change.

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European Environment Agency Models Predict Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

3 May 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a series of maps produced using Eye on Earth, which predict climate change impacts in Europe through 2100. Based on projections from the ENSEMBLES project, Europe will be, on average, 1.5°C warmer from 2021-2050 than it was from 1960-1990, and the temperature increase will average 3°C between 2071-2100, with the highest warming in Eastern Scandinavia, and South and South-East Europe.

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EU Grants €8 Million to ClimDev Africa [viewed]

27 April 2012: A grant agreement was signed by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the EU and the African Union (AU) in support of the ClimDev Africa programme, a flagship initiative in the Africa-EU Partnership on Climate Change and Development.

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

26 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of Slovenia (FCCC/ARR/2011/SVN), which shows that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 3.3% between 1990 and 2009.

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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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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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