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US COP 20 Event Showcases International Resilience Commitments [viewed]

limacop2011 December 2014: The US Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) organized a side event at the Lima Climate Change Conference to highlight 'US Commitments on International Resilience.' At the event, US officials also invited non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector and developing country partners to join in a consortium on climate information for global resilience.

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FAO Infographic Reveals Growing Agriculture and Livestock Emissions [viewed]

FAO9 December 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) published a factsheet on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU), which highlights global emissions of about 10 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. These emissions are not offset by the two billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent removed from the atmosphere by forests and land, according to the infographic.

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IEA Releases 2014 Insights on Energy, Climate Change and Environment [viewed]

IEA10 December 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) addresses the interconnections between climate change policies and the global energy sector in its report 'Energy, Climate Change and Environment: 2014 Insights.' The report presents: ways to retire high-emission assets, such as coal plants; important lessons for designing an emissions trading system (ETS); examples of co-managing air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; and trends in energy metrics.

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Think Tanks Offer Perspectives on 2015 Agreement, US-China Cooperation [viewed]

limacop209 December 2014: China's National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC) organized an event at the Lima Climate Change Conference that explored the interactions between bilateral and international processes, with a focus on the potential to reach a climate agreement in Paris in 2015. Think tanks from around the world offered their perspectives at the event, 'International Cooperation: Towards the 2015 Agreement: A Perspective from International Think Tanks.'

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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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SustainUS, ANU Propose Options for Intergenerational Equity at COP 20 Event [viewed]

limacop204 December 2014: SustainUS and the Australian National University (ANU) organized a side event at the Lima Climate Change Conference on 'Youth Proposals for the 2015 Agreement: Intergenerational Equity and Bypassing US Ratification.' The side event covered a range of proposals on the UNFCCC negotiations, such as incorporating social discount rate considerations into Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) and recognizing the role of intergenerational education for youth empowerment.

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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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January-October Temperatures Break Records, WMO Reports [viewed]

WMO21 November 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported that, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), global average temperature over land and ocean surfaces for January to October 2014 was the highest on record, and October was the hottest since measurements began in 1880.

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Climate Services Board Reviews GFCS Progress [viewed]

gfcs10 November 2014: A meeting of the Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services reviewed progress and challenges in the provision and use of climate services, including seasonal forecasts and drought and flood management tools. Growing climate impacts highlight the “urgent need” for more cross-cutting climate services and partnerships to help communities adapt to extreme weather and increase disaster resilience.

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