Europe

CIF Program to Help Overcome Barriers to Geothermal Investments [viewed]

CIF18 December 2013: The World Bank has reported on efforts to implement the US$115 million Utility Scale Renewable Energy Program, which was launched in October 2013 by the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF). The Program will foster private sector involvement in geothermal energy exploration and test drilling, the riskiest element of geothermal energy development.

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Event: Arctic Biodiversity Congress [viewed]

Organized by the Arctic Council's Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group, this event will promote the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity through dialogue among scientists, policy-makers, government officials, industry, civil society and indigenous peoples. It is closely linked to the findings and recommendations of the first Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA) released in May 2013.  

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Event: 2nd Meeting of the Global Network of Basins Working on Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

Organized under the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) with the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), the 2nd meeting of the global network is expected to compare methodologies and approaches, exchange experience and promote a shared vision on how to address climate change adaptation in river basins. The meeting will include session on: advancing transboundary vulnerability assessments; collecting good practices and lessons; developing basin-wide adaptation strategies and implementing measures; ensuring implementation and financing of adaptation strategies through mainstreaming water and climate change perspectives into river basin management plans and national adaptation activities; and continuing the platform for exchanging experiences.  

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UN Secretary-General Appoints Climate Change Envoys [viewed]

United Nations23 December 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonhas  appointed two Special Envoys on Climate Change. John Kufuor, former President of Ghana, and Jens Stoltenberg, former Prime Minister of Norway, will assist him in mobilizing political will and action, and raising ambition in advance of the 2014 Climate Summit.

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EU Agrees to Reduce Fluorinated Gases by Two-Thirds [viewed]

European Union 18 December 2013: The Council of the EU's Committee of Permanent Representatives has agreed to reduce emissions of fluorinated gases (F-gases). The legislation includes a phase-down schedule that commits to a two-thirds reduction in F-gases emissions in Europe by 2030.

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Event: 9th Meeting of the Ozone Research Managers of the Vienna Convention [viewed]

This meeting is expected to consider various issues including the state of the ozone layer and the interactions between ozone depletion and climate change.  

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EEA Describes CO2 Emissions Accounting Methods [viewed]

EEA18 December 2013: A European Environment Agency (EEA) report,  ‘European Union CO2 emissions: different accounting perspectives,' explains key characteristics of different air emissions accounting methods and the resulting emissions data at the EU level, highlighting the need for methodological improvements, as well as better data coverage and quality.

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NOAA, Arctic Council Release 2013 Arctic Report Card [viewed]

artic-report-card12 December 2013: The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with the support of two working groups of the Arctic Council, has released the 2013 update to the Arctic Report Card. The Report Card has been published since 2006 and tracks environmental changes in the region, including with regard to the atmosphere, sea ice and ocean, marine ecosystems, terrestrial ecosystems and the terrestrial cryosphere. 

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FCPF Adopts Methodological Framework, Norway Pledges $100 Million [viewed]

Forest Carbon16 December 2013: The Eighth Meeting of the Carbon Fund (CF8) of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) approved the Methodological Framework, which presents a set of rules guiding the finance of large-scale investments in tropical forest conservation and restoration.

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EEA Black Carbon Report Highlights Health and Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

EEA10 December 2013: A new report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) on measuring black carbon in the air reviews monitoring networks currently measuring black carbon, measurement methodologies and the use of data.

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