Europe

Norway Pledges US$258 Million to GCF [viewed]

norway-flag5 December 2014: Norway has announced it will provide US$258 million to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) over the next four years, bringing the total amount pledged to the GCF to US$9.95 billion and closer to the GCF Pledging Conference's goal of US$10 billion.

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Arctic Biodiversity Congress Discusses Arctic Biodiversity Assessment, Climate Change [viewed]

arctic4 December 2014: Participants at the Arctic Biodiversity Congress addressed the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity through three main themes: Arctic change, resilience and adaptation; mainstreaming biodiversity and linking Arctic ecosystems to society; and understanding cumulative effects and managing impacts.

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FAO, World Bank Quantify Benefits of No-till Agriculture in Ukraine [viewed]

fao-worldbank5 December 2014: The national annual benefits from no-till conservation agriculture in Ukraine could counterbalance natural capital depletion caused by soil erosion, according to an analysis by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Bank. Their report, titled ‘Ukraine: Soil Fertility to Strengthen Climate Resilience,' provides recommendations on addressing soil erosion, climate change impacts and excessive land tillage in Ukraine.

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EuropeAid Event Discusses Regional Cooperation on Climate Change [viewed]

limacop205 December 2014: The European Commission's (EC) Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation (EuropeAid) hosted a side event titled 'EUROCLIMA: Joint Latin America-European Union (EU) Regional Responses to Climate Change Challenges' on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference. The event focused on key results of regional responses to climate change challenges and opportunities for collaboration with Latin America through programmes such as EUROCLIMA.

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UK Environmental Audit Committee Hears Evidence on SDGs, Post-2015 Process [viewed]

UK Parliament2 December 2014: The Environmental Audit Committee of the UK House of Commons conducted a hearing on the Government's priorities and positioning in negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The hearing covered, inter alia, the number of goals, the possibility of an SDG on climate change, and UK representation in the overall post-2015 process.

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European Commission Event Elaborates on EU 2030 Targets [viewed]

limacop203 December 2014: The European Commission (EC) Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA) presented the state of play following the recent adoption of the European Council Conclusions on the 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework, including 2030 targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, renewable energy and energy efficiency. The event, held on the margins of the Lima Climate Change Conference, also looked ahead to next steps, such as implementing new provisions for the European Union (EU) Emissions Trading System (ETS).

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Member States Debate Working Methods, Scope and Timing of Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

Post 2015 Process3 December 2014: UN Member States convened for an informal plenary meeting on “the organization and modalities for intergovernmental negotiations and remaining issues related to the Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.” Governments responded to the co-facilitators' “food for thought” paper of 17 November 2014, which had been issued following the consultations of 4 and 10 November. Member States are expected to meet again next week to discuss a new calendar of eight negotiating dates, circulated by the co-facilitators at the end of the session.

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EU-US Energy Council Statement Highlights Climate Change Commitments [viewed]

usa-eu-flag3 December 2014: The EU and the US are committed to leading the fight against climate change, according to a joint statement released by the sixth meeting of the EU-US Energy Council. As outlined in the statement, the Council welcomed the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction commitments of the EU and the US, applauded their respective pledges to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and discussed mobilizing long-term investments in sustainable energy for developing regions.

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COP 20 Side Event Focuses on Clean Technology Funds [viewed]

limacop202 December 2014: Participants discussed the role of innovative models to support clean energy technologies and their international replicability, including in the context of shaping Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), at a side event at the Lima Climate Change Conference. ClimateNet and the Swiss Association for Environmentally Conscious Management convened the event, titled 'Implementing and Replicating Innovative Energy Transition Programs and Clean Technology Funds.'

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MINES ParisTech Examines Urban Energy Strategies at COP 20 Event [viewed]

limacop202 December 2014: An event organized by the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris (MINES ParisTech) on the margins of the Lima Climate Change Conference focused on the design of climate-friendly strategies for cities to address climate change vulnerability and promote sustainability. 'The Need and Challenge of Ambitious Climate-Energy Strategies at the Urban Scale' presented concrete initiatives being undertaken by academia, local authorities and industry.

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