Northern America

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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OAS Endorses Inter‐American Plan for Disaster Prevention and Response [viewed]

OAS6 June 2012:  The Organization of American States' (OAS) General Assembly has endorsed the Inter‐American Plan for Disaster Prevention and Response and the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance. The Plan is a management tool for coordinating governments' efforts in dealing with disaster prevention, preparedness, response and mitigation.

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UNISDR Announces Five DRR Parliamentarian Champions [viewed]

3 July 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that five parliamentarians, from Bangladesh, Uganda, Cambodia, Senegal and the East African Legislative Assembly, have been named as parliamentary champions for their ongoing commitment to promoting legislation for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation. 

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UNFCCC Releases Status Report of US' Annual Inventory [viewed]

21 June 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the annual status report of the annual inventory of the US (FCCC/ASR/2012/USA).

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San Francisco Joins UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign [viewed]

20 June 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that the US city of San Francisco has joined UNISDR's Making Cities Resilient Campaign. San Francisco is the first major US city to join the Campaign.

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Report Highlights North America's Efforts Towards Green Buildings [viewed]

UNEP14 June 2012: The US Green Building Council (USGBC), the UN Environment Programme's Regional Office for North America (UNEP RONA) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) have released a new report titled “Advancing the Transformation to a Green Economy through Green Buildings and Resource Efficient Cities: Key Messages from North America.”  

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UNFCCC Releases Status Report of Canada's Annual Inventory [viewed]

12 June 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the annual status report of the annual inventory of Canada (FCCC/ASR/2012/CAN).

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Event: US Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Retreat [viewed]

The Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) initiative, of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), aims to advance the position of women in the field of clean energy. This retreat, hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Energy Initiative, will bring together 25 senior-level US C3E Ambassadors to discuss strategy and review the nominations for the C3E Awards, which will be announced at the C3E Symposium at MIT on 28 September 2012.  

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Sweden, US Launch Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Campaign [viewed]

3 June 2012: Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and HRH Swedish Crown Princess Victoria launched an awareness raising campaign under the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs). The campaign consists of a contest to come up with creative ideas to inform the public about SLCPs and means of addressing the issue.

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