Latin America & the Caribbean

Guest Article #60: Clean Air and Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

The UN Environment Programme estimates that annually, one million people die prematurely around the World by being exposed to high levels of urban air pollution; this number represents about 114 premature deaths worldwide per hour. In Latin America, conservative estimates indicate that 35,000 people die prematurely annually from this exposure. All these deaths can and should be avoided.

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UNFCCC Publishes SBSTA 34 Documents [viewed]

5 June 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published several documents to be considered by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA) at its 34th session, including an addendum (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/1/Add.2) to the supplementary provisional agenda and a SBSTA workshop report (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/INF.6) on the research dialogue.

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CCAFS Releases Study on Hotspots of Vulnerability to Climate-Induced Food Insecurity [viewed]

5 June 2011: The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) programme of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has released a study that identifies hotspots of climate-induced food insecurity. The study combines data from food insecure regions with models from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to measure vulnerability based on exposure and sensitivity to climate change and coping capacity.

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Rainforest Basins Summit Calls for South-South Cooperation [viewed]

3 June 2011: The Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Three Rainforest Basins, namely the Amazon, Congo, and Borneo-Mekong basins, took place in Brazzaville, Congo, from 27 May-3 June 2011, to establish new ways to increase technical cooperation on forest matters, and adopted a joint statement on tropical forests, climate and sustainable development.

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CBD Secretariat Prepares for LAC REDD+ Workshop [viewed]

3 June 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the list of sponsored experts for the Latin American and Caribbean Regional Consultation and Capacity Building Workshop on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks), to be held from 5-8 July 2011, in Quito, Ecuador.

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US-Brazil Global Partnership Dialogue Addresses Environmental Cooperation [viewed]

2 June 2011: The second US-Brazil Global Partnership Dialogue convened on 1 June 2011 in Washington, DC, US, and was preceded by senior-level meetings on: science, technology and the environment; trilateral development cooperation and food security; and regional issues.

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World Bank Supports Design of Carbon Market Instruments in Eight Developing Countries [viewed]

1 June 2011: The World Bank announced that eight developing countries will receive an initial grant of US$350,000 to support the design, pilot and implementation of market-based instruments for greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation.

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"Lessons For Future Action" Ends with Adoption of MOU between SPREP and 5C's [viewed]

26 May 2001: A conference on "Lessons for Future Action," which took place in Apia, Samoa, emphasized the urgency of climate change adaptation and future decisions affecting small island developing States (SIDS), given the threat of natural disasters. At the end of the Conference, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP) and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5C's) adopted a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

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FAO/ITTO Report: Deforestation Rates in Rainforest Basins "Alarming" [viewed]

1 June 2011: A report from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) indicates that deforestation rates continue to be "alarming" in most of the 30 countries in the Amazon, Congo and Southeast Asian rainforest basins.

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CIFOR Releases Annual Report [viewed]

31 May 2011: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released its annual report, titled "Focus on Forests: Time to Act," which includes eight stories outlining CIFOR's global work.

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