Europe

URBES Highlights Benefits of Green Infrastructure in Urban Areas [viewed]

theurbes28 October 2014: The Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (URBES) project released a factsheet on green infrastructure that highlights how cities can use green infrastructure to tackle economic, environmental and social challenges while becoming more resilient to climate change, improving quality of life and strengthening the economy. The factsheet describes the European Union's (EU) Green Infrastructure Strategy, which aims to create a policy framework for promoting green infrastructure projects, and the benefits of green infrastructure in urban areas.

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UN Holds Inaugural World Cities Day [viewed]

worldcitiesday31 October 2014: The first-ever World Cities Day aimed to promote sustainable urban development, raise awareness about the role of urbanization in everyday lives and celebrate the positive impact that well-managed urbanization can have on environmental, economic and social development. Celebrations took place globally, including at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and in Shanghai, China.

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Conference Adopts Guadeloupe Roadmap on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

guadeloupe201430 October 2014: High-level representatives and experts from more than 40 countries, territories and independent states attending the ‘International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change' adopted the ‘Message from Guadeloupe' on biodiversity loss and climate change impacts in the European Union's (EU) outermost regions (ORs) and overseas countries and territories (OCTs). The message presents a five-year roadmap that addresses five priorities: building resilience to climate change; addressing biodiversity loss; developing a green and blue economy; advancing research; and facilitating access to resources.

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New EU Car Fleet Emissions Performance in Line with Targets [viewed]

EEA30 October 2014: According to a report by the European Environment Agency (EEA), efficiency of passenger cars and vans in the EU has improved over the past years, and the number of electric cars, albeit still low, is increasing rapidly. The report, which presents data on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from these vehicles, finds that, on average, both passenger cars and vans sold in 2013 were already below the maximum permitted emissions per kilometer threshold set by the European Commission for 2015.

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EU-Sponsored Workshop Explores Renewable Energy Projects [viewed]

better9 October 2014: The ‘Bringing Europe and Third Countries Closer Together through Renewable Energies' (BETTER) project, co-funded by the EU's Intelligent Energy Europe Programme, organized an EU stakeholder workshop to discuss research outcomes, potential cooperation mechanisms, policy conclusions, action plans and a roadmap beyond 2020.

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GLISPA Highlights SIDS Conference Commitments [viewed]

glipsa-pubOctober 2014: In the latest issue of its 'Event Spotlight' newsletter, the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) compiles information on events hosted and commitments recorded at the 2014 Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which took place on 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa. The newsletter underscores the importance of island partnerships.

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European Commission JRC Study Identifies Areas at Risk of Desertification [viewed]

EU-SE4ALL22 October 2014: A study by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC) has identified areas in South America, Africa and Asia at climatological risk of desertification. The study, which used information from two indexes, found significant shifts in climate zones resulting from changes in the global hydrological cycle. As a result, arid areas have increased by 1.4-3.4% globally.

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EU to Exceed 2020 Energy and Climate Targets [viewed]

EEA28 October 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published an updated analysis of the EU's progress toward its 2020 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, renewable energy and efficiency goals. The results suggest that the EU is on track to meet all three targets by 2020, but that subsequent targets set for 2030 will require more effort nationally and at the EU level.

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Chairs Summarize Six Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Dialogues on SIDS [viewed]

sids-conference-20148 October 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) included six multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues aimed at launching new partnerships, sharing successes, and documenting progress on key issues important to SIDS' sustainable development. Summaries from the dialogues' Chairs, issued as a UN General Assembly document of 8 October 2014, highlight the array of partnerships committed to at the conference.

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Event: Conference on EU Energy Union [viewed]

The European Commission (EC), in cooperation with the Directorate-General for Energy and the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry, is organizing a conference under the theme 'How to shape Energy Policy so as to boost European competitiveness?'. The conference aims to analyze how the EU can achieve stable and affordable energy prices, increase industrial competitiveness and simultaneously meet climate and environmental objectives. Topics of discussion will include, inter alia, domestic energy resources, taxes and the EU emissions trading system (ETS). Participants will include high-level representatives of national and European institutions, authorities, industry, research centers, academics, civil society, political decision-makers and industry Chief Executive Officers (CEOs).  

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