Northern America

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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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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