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ESMAP Report Outlines Global and National-Level Policy Lessons for Low-Carbon Development [viewed]

October 2012: According to a report from the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank, countries seeking to balance economic growth with carbon reduction can achieve both. The report details case studies on low-carbon development in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Poland and South Africa.

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WMO, IGAC Release Report on Impacts of Megacities on Air Pollution and Climate [viewed]

16 October 2012: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) project have released a report, titled “Impacts of Megacities on Air Pollution and Climate.” The report provides an initial assessment of available information on air pollution and climate impacts in megacities globally.

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Second Committee Holds Substantive Discussion on SDGs [viewed]

16 October 2012: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee convened a special event on “Conceptualizing a Set of Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 16 October 2012. The event served as an initial opportunity for participants to discuss the SDGs, in light of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) outcome decision to develop a proposal for SDGs to be considered during the UNGA's 68th session.

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UNFCCC Publishes Report of Parties' Views on Common Tabular Format [viewed]

UNFCCC9 October 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a synthesis report of parties' submissions of their views on the common tabular format (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/INF.4), which is intended to serve as input to a workshop to be held on the same matter.

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Event: 12th IEA-IETA-EPRI Annual Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading [viewed]

This two-day annual workshop hosted by the International Energy Agency (IEA), in collaboration with Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the International Emission Trading Association (IETA), will bring together more than 130 senior officials from OECD countries, non-OECD countries corporate executives from electric companies, energy-intensive industries, brokerage companies and the financial community, analysts and researchers from non-governmental organizations and academia. Participants will discuss the evolution of GHG emissions trading programmes around the world. Topics to be addressed include: new and evolving global carbon markets; carbon market updates; the role of the carbon markets in future international efforts to finance climate mitigation; and the role of GHG emissions trading in current and emerging international trade disputes.  

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UNFCCC Publishes Report of US GHG Inventory Review [viewed]

28 September 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of the United States (FCCC/ARR/2011/USA), which outlines that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions increased by 7.2% between 1990 and 2009.

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OECD Report Recommends Policies for the Promotion of Green Cars [viewed]

OECDSeptember 2012: A new report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), titled "Market Development for Green Cars," analyzes the barriers to the development of the market for alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) and proposes policies to overcome them.

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IDB Buildings Earn LEED Green Building Certification [viewed]

IDBAugust 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Headquarters buildings in Washington, DC, US and its Country Office located in San Jose, Costa Rica have obtained Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification as environmentally sustainable structures. 

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Canada and US Amend Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement [viewed]

7 September 2012: Lisa Jackson, Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Peter Kent, Minister of Environment, Canada, have signed an amendment to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, originally signed in 1972. The amendments strengthen US and Canadian cooperative action to address water quality threats and prevent harm.

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WMO, UNCCD Call for Coordinated Efforts to Manage Risks from Drought [viewed]

21 August 2012: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have announced plans to help countries improve their drought risk management and develop effective, long-term solutions.

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