Northern America

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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IEA Wind Annual Report Highlights 24% Increase in Global Wind Generation in 2011 [viewed]

IEA31 July 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published IEA WIND's 2011 Annual Report, outlining trends in wind energy deployment, as well as cooperative research, development and deployment efforts of IEA member governments and organizations.

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APEC Energy Overview 2011 Provides Policy, Market, Investment and Infrastructure Information for APEC's 21 Members [viewed]

2 August 2012: The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) has released a report, titled “APEC Energy Overview 2011,” which provides an overview of energy data, energy policy information, and new energy developments in its 21 member economies.

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CEC Ministerial Meeting Updates Submission on Enforcement Matters Process [viewed]

11 July 2012: The Council of the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has adopted new guidelines for submissions regarding the CEC's public Submission on Enforcement Matters (SEM) process, and instructed the CEC Secretariat to undertake new initiatives, including on short-lived climate forcers (SLCFs), e-waste and clean energy.

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IWC Discusses Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling, Environmental and Health Matters [viewed]

6 July 2012: The 64th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the associated meetings of its Scientific Committee and other sub-groups took place in Panama City, Panama, from 11 June - 6 July 2012. The Commission addressed administrative and substantive matters, including aboriginal subsistence whaling, animal welfare, and climate change and cetaceans.

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Gas Flaring Increase in the US and Russia Reverses GHG Reduction Trend [viewed]

World Bank3 July 2012: The World Bank and the Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR) caution that new data show a two-billion cubic meter increase in gas flared in 2011, reversing the downward trend that had been achieved in recent years.

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