Northern America

Publication Surveys Electric Vehicle Policies in 16 Asian, European and North American Cities [viewed]

EV City Casebook5 May 2012: An International Energy Agency (IEA) supported publication, titled "EV City Casebook: A Look at the Global Electric Vehicle Movement," addresses best practices for electric vehicle usage.

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UNECE Meeting on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution Amends Gothenburg Protocol [viewed]

UNECE4 May 2012: The 30th Session of the Executive Body for the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP) adopted amendments to the 1999 Gothenburg Protocol to Abate Acidification, Eutrophication and Ground-level Ozone (Gothenburg Protocol). The amendments include national emission reduction commitments to be achieved by 2020 and beyond, and address, for the first time, particulate matter, including black carbon, a short-lived climate forcer.

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UNFCCC Publishes Canada's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

26 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of Canada (FCCC/ARR/2011/CAN), which shows that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions increased by 17% between 1990 and 2009, with the energy sector accounting for about 82% of total GHG emissions.

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IDB to Manage Canadian Climate Fund for the Private Sector in the Americas [viewed]

IDB30 April 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has been selected by the Canadian Government to manage the Canadian Climate Fund for the Private Sector in the Americas. The CAD$250 million Fund will focus on financing private sector climate mitigation and adaptation projects in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) that need concessional financing to become viable.

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UNFCCC Releases Parties' Views on a Workplan for the AWG-DPA [viewed]

30 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions from 12 Parties containing their views on a workplan for the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (AWG-DPA) (FCCC/ADP/2012/MISC.3).

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UNFCCC Reports on Status of Fifth National Communications from Annex I Parties [viewed]

30 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a note on the status of submission and review of fifth national communications from Parties included in Annex I to the Convention (Annex I Parties) (FCCC/SBI/2012/INF.6).

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International Polar Year 2012 Conference Discusses Moving from Knowledge to Action [viewed]

27 April 2012: The International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 Conference convened around the theme “From Knowledge to Action,” with discussions on a variety of issues related to Arctic issues. Panel sessions addressed, inter alia: Earth structure and geodynamics; polar ocean processes; permafrost; marine, territorial and freshwater polar ecosystems; and communicating polar science.

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Report Reviews Progress on CCS Deployment [viewed]

26 April 2012: The IEA and Global CCS Institute presented a report at the third Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM3) that tracks progress made on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) against recommendations made in 2011.

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Climate and Clean Air Coalition Welcomes New Partners [viewed]

24 April 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that the first meeting of the working group and the High Level Assembly of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition welcomed new parties to the Coalition, agreed on five initiatives for rapid implementation, and established a Trust Fund managed by the UNEP-hosted Secretariat.   

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UNFCCC Releases Submissions on Quantified Economywide Emission Reduction Targets [viewed]

24 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released nine submissions from parties containing additional information relating to the quantified economywide emission reduction targets contained in document FCCC/SB/2011/INF.1/Rev.1 (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.1).

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