Europe

EEA Report on Energy End-Use Emissions Redraws Understandings of Emissions' Drivers [viewed]

15 December 2011: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report titled "End-user GHG emissions from energy: Reallocation of emissions from energy industries to end users 2005-2009," according to which home energy use is responsible for 25% of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions in the EU.

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UNECE Hosts Expert Panel on Forests 2030 [viewed]

UNECE15 December 2011: Experts from governments, international organizations, NGOs and industry participated in a panel on "Forests 2030: The future of forests in Europe and North America," in Geneva, Switzerland. The panel was chaired by Michael Zammit Cutajar, former UNFCCC Executive Secretary, under the patronage of Janusz Zaleski, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Environment, Poland.

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World Mountain Forum Underscores the Importance of Public-Private Partnerships [viewed]

11 December 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), together with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Fondation pour le Développement Durable des Régions de Montagne (FDDM), the BOTZA Association, the private sector and the Commune de Bagnes, have hosted the World Mountain Forum in Verbier, Switzerland. 

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Event: UNFCCC COP 21 [viewed]

The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in December 2015, in Paris, France.  

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Event: UNFCCC 40th Sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies [viewed]

The 40th sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies to the UNFCCC are expected to take place in June 2014.  

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UN-HABITAT and Partners Recognize Local Governments for Green Building [viewed]

5 December 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability have announced the winners of the Government Leadership Awards for excellence in green building and climate action at the local level. The awards promote best practices to be replicated across cities, and encourage the use of green buildings as a strategy to reduce carbon emissions.

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IFAD President Underlines Links Between Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

2 December 2011: The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo Nwanze, called climate change and food security two of humanity's greatest challenges in the 21st century.

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UN/ISDR Awards Austrian Province with Role Model Status for Community Risk Assessments [viewed]

29 November 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that it has awarded Tyrol, Austria, with role model status for its activities in community-based risk assessment.

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EEA Releases 2011 Update on Renewables in Europe [viewed]

EEA28 November 2011: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has reported that: offshore wind energy capacity in Europe is projected to increase 17-fold between 2010 and 2020; newer renewable technologies such as concentrated solar power and wave/tidal power are also expected to increase more than 11-fold; and European countries are expected to significantly boost solar photovoltaic power, onshore wind and other renewable technologies over the next decade.

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SPC, GIZ to Finance Adaptation Activities to Conserve Fisheries [viewed]

Jimmie Rodgers, SPC Director-General, and Robert Kressirer, GIZ Country Director (Philippines and the Pacific)24 November 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) have signed two financing agreements, committing the two organizations to provide assistance to Pacific coastal communities to adapt to the effects of climate change through improved conservation and sustainable use of fisheries resources.    

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