Europe

FAO Note Provides Overview of Agriculture in UNFCCC Negotiations [viewed]

FAO9 May 2012: Ahead of the first UNFCCC climate change negotiations since the Durban Climate Change Conference concluded in South Africa at the end of 2011, the Economics and Policy Innovations for Climate-Smart Agriculture (EPIC) Programme at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a note that aims to help participants follow the UNFCCC agenda items relevant to agriculture.

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Informal Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change Calls for Building on Durban [viewed]

EU8 May 2012: An Informal Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change brought together representatives from 30 countries, including from least developed countries (LDCs) and the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), to build on the achievements of the Durban Climate Change Conference. The meeting, which was hosted by the EU, also provided an opportunity for Ministers to discuss the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Publication Surveys Electric Vehicle Policies in 16 Asian, European and North American Cities [viewed]

EV City Casebook5 May 2012: An International Energy Agency (IEA) supported publication, titled "EV City Casebook: A Look at the Global Electric Vehicle Movement," addresses best practices for electric vehicle usage.

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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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