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UNGA Convenes Informal Session on Hurricane Sandy [viewed]

9 November 2012: UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Vuk Jeremić convened an informal meeting of the Assembly to address issues arising from Hurricane Sandy. The session detailed the monies allocated for affected countries from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on countries to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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UNFCCC Releases US' Views on Annex I Parties' National Communications Guidelines [viewed]

9 November 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the US' submission on views from Parties on the elements of the work programme and on the timeline of proposed activities, as well as on key elements of the revision of guidelines for the review of the biennial reports from developed countries and national communications, including national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories from Annex I Parties (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.17/Add.1). 

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UNDP Administrator Calls for Addressing Climate Change for Development [viewed]

UNDP8 November 2012: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark discussed the potential of climate change to stall and reverse development in a lecture titled “Why Tackling Climate Change Matters for Development,” delivered at Stanford University in California, US. 

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London Convention Parties Express Concern over Ocean Fertilization [viewed]

IMO2 November 2012: The 34th Consultative Meeting of States parties to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter, 1972 (London Convention), and to its 1996 Protocol (London Protocol), concluded with the release of an unanimous statement of concern regarding a reported incident of deliberate ocean fertilization activity off the west coast of Canada.

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CEC Presents Guidelines for Designing Climate-Resilient MPAs [viewed]

23 October 2012: The North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has presented a set of scientific guidelines for designing marine protected areas (MPAs) that are resilient to climate change. The Guidelines were developed by the CEC in collaboration with the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea's (ICES) Study Group on Designing Marine Protected Area Networks in a Changing Climate (SGMPAN).

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Presents an Overview of Global and Domestic Action on Climate Change [viewed]

24 October 2012: As part of the Lowy Lecture Series in Sydney, Australia, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), delivered a speech titled “Global Action on climate change: How the world is responding to the challenge,” in which she sought to correct misconceptions about international and domestic actions to address climate change.

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Event: REEEP/NREL Open Data Workshop [viewed]

This workshop, co-organized by the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) and the US Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), will bring together 30 leading providers of clean energy, energy efficiency, and climate data to discuss "linked open data" in the field of clean energy. The goals of the workshop are: to introduce participants to the concept of linked open data, which is a growing movement focused on using up-to-date technologies to share relevant information from a wide variety of online sources, and to make data free for use and re-use; and assess how the concept can be used to promote cooperation among organizations in the field of clean energy.  

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UNESCO IOC Executive Secretary Issues Statement on Risks of Geo-Engineering [viewed]

UNESCO IOC23 October 2012: Following the recent communication to the general public of a large-scale climate engineering experiment carried out in July 2012, Wendy Watson-Wright, Assistant Director General and Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has issued a response.

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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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