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Montreal Protocol Inches Closer to Negotiations on HFC Phase-down [viewed]

iisdrs-oewg3624 July 2015: The 36th meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 36) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MP) devoted most of its time to addressing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a group of greenhouse gases (GHG) widely used in the refrigeration, air conditioning, foam and aerosol sector as a substitute for ozone-depleting substances (ODS).

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White House Launches American Business Act on Climate Pledge [viewed]

USA Flag27 July 2015: The White House has launched the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, supported by 13 of the largest American companies whose pledges represent more than US$1.3 trillion in revenue in 2014 and a combined market capitalization of at least US$2.5 trillion.

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UNECE Calls for Comments on Draft CCS Specifications [viewed]

UNECE8 July 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has announced that a draft document, titled 'Specifications for the Application of the UN Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 (UNFC-2009) to Injection Projects for the Purpose of Geological Storage,' is open for public review. UNECE describes storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) as the "initial and main focus" of the specifications, although they potentially could be applied to other projects, such as storing natural gas.

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Major Economies Forum Discusses Elements of a Legally-Binding Climate Agreement [viewed]

mef19 July 2015: At its 22nd meeting, the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) focused on issues related to the global climate change agreement that is expected to be adopted at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. The participating economies, mostly represented at the ministerial level, discussed their views on the legal form and contents of the agreement. Despite diverse positions on these aspects, the co-chairs called the meeting "productive" and "very constructive."

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2014, First Half of 2015 Warmest on Record [viewed]

wmo-noaa21 July 2015: In a report titled 'State of the Climate in 2014,' the American Meteorological Society has described 2014 as the warmest year on record. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has also reported that the January-June 2015 period was the hottest on record, citing figures provided by the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) of the US Department of Commerce in its 'State of the Climate: Global Analysis for June 2015' report.

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APEC Advances Sustainable City Development Efforts [viewed]

apec16 July 2015: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies have announced accelerated support for sustainable city development in the region. According to the APEC Energy Working Group, APEC officials are advancing technical support for solar-powered, energy-efficient buildings and high efficiency lighting, improved vehicle fuel efficiency labeling and consumer information, and accessible green energy financing.

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Event: Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) [viewed]

The second meeting of the MEF in 2015 is scheduled for 18-19 July 2015, in Mondorf-les-Bains, Luxembourg. The meeting will be chaired by Caroline Atkinson, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics, and Todd Stern, Special Envoy for Climate Change. The MEF intends to convene four times in 2015. The Forum, launched in 2009 by US President Barack Obama, is aimed at facilitating candid dialogue among major emitting countries, both developed and developing, to garner the political leadership needed to advance efforts against climate change. The 17 major economies participating are: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the EU, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, the Russian Federation, South Africa, the UK and the US.  

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Climate Summit of the Americas Issues Climate Action Statement [viewed]

iisd_climate_summit9 July 2015: The Climate Summit of the Americas has issued the first-ever Pan-American Climate Action Statement leading up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), scheduled to take place in Paris, France, from 30 November to 11 December 2015. The Government of Ontario convened over 300 government, business and civil society leaders to foster and strengthen partnerships among jurisdictions for global climate action, and build motivation and support for carbon pricing.

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June 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

june20151 July 2015: During the month of June, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Commission, the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank announced funding for sustainable energy projects. AfDB, ADB, EBRD, the European Commission and the World Bank also released publications on financing and deploying clean energy.

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US-Brazil Intensify Collaboration on Climate Change [viewed]

us-brazil30 June 2015: During an official visit to Washington DC, US, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff agreed with US President Barack Obama to intensify the collaboration between the two countries, both bilaterally and under the UNFCCC. They issued a Joint US-Brazil Statement on Climate Change that addresses: leadership on the road to the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015; ambitious climate action; the launch of a Brazil-US Joint Initiative on Climate Change; cooperation on sustainable land use; and cooperation on clean energy and on climate change adaptation.

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