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UNFCCC Publishes Views on the NAP Process Guidelines [viewed]

UNFCCC3 May 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a miscellaneous document containing the views of five parties, one intergovernmental organization, and one NGO on experience with the application of the guidelines for the national adaptation plan (NAP) process for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) (FCCC/SBI/2013/MISC.2).

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G8 Identifies Climate Change as Contributing Factor to Security Risks [viewed]

g8_uk11 April 2013: Foreign Ministers of the Group of Eight (G8) met in London, UK, from 10-11 April 2013, to address a number of international issues, challenges and opportunities that impact on global peace, security and prosperity. The joint statement adopted at the conclusion of the meeting addresses, among other issues, climate change.

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UNFCCC Publishes Parties' Views on Response Measures [viewed]

UNFCCC18 April 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a miscellaneous document containing parties' views on the work programme on the impact of the implementation of response measures (FCCC/SB/2013/MISC.2).

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OCED Outlines Lessons from Adaptation Planning in OECD Countries [viewed]

OECD18 April 2013: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released an Environment Working Paper, titled "National Adaptation Planning: Lessons from OECD Countries," which underscores the role that national governments play in establishing incentives, frameworks and enabling conditions for adaptation to climate change.

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Ministerial Meeting Discusses Scaling Up Climate Finance [viewed]

17 April 2013: Ministers and senior officials from over a dozen donor countries met in Washington, DC, US, on 10-11 April 2013, to discuss ways to meet the challenge of scaling up climate finance and low-carbon investment in developing countries.

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FAO Updates Database of Agriculture, Forestry and Land Mitigation Projects [viewed]

FAOMarch 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has produced an updated assessment of the current status of land-based sectors in carbon markets through its Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture Project (MICCA). The report, titled "Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use Mitigation Project Database," presents analyses of project methodologies and sizes, as well as regional differences in project types and scheme development.

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UNEP Year Book 2013 Highlights Need for Effective Arctic Governance, Chemical Risk Reduction [viewed]

UNEP Year Book 201318 February 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the 2013 edition of its Year Book, which presents events and developments from 2012 on key environmental indicators. The Year Book highlights two emerging issues, namely the need for effective governance of the fragile Arctic region, and reaching the goal of sound chemicals management by 2020.

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Arctic Environment Ministers Recommend Action on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants [viewed]

8 February 2013: Arctic Environment Ministers met in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, from 5-6 February 2013, to address the rapid environmental changes in the Arctic. They discussed climate change and ocean acidification, contamination in the Arctic, biodiversity loss, and ecosystem based management.

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Clean Energy Solutions Center Seeks Feedback on Tool for Evaluating Solar Social and Economic Impacts of Solar Technologies [viewed]

13 February 2013:  The Clean Energy Solutions Center, an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), is seeking feedback on the Global Renewable Energy Opportunity Tool, which facilitates analysis of technical and economic potential for solar electric technologies.

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OECD Inventory Highlights Fossil Fuel Subsidies in OECD Member Countries [viewed]

OECD11 February 2013: A new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), titled "Inventory of Estimated Budgetary Support and Tax Expenditures for Fossil Fuels 2013," provides examples from over 550 measures that support fossil-fuel production or use in the 34 OECD member countries. The report indicates that, between 2005 and 2011, these measures cost taxpayers between US$55-90 billion annually.

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