Northern America

Climate Services Board Reviews GFCS Progress [viewed]

gfcs10 November 2014: A meeting of the Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services reviewed progress and challenges in the provision and use of climate services, including seasonal forecasts and drought and flood management tools. Growing climate impacts highlight the “urgent need” for more cross-cutting climate services and partnerships to help communities adapt to extreme weather and increase disaster resilience.

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NREL, R20 Announce Partnership on Clean Energy [viewed]

nrel-r20November 2014: The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Regions of Climate Action (R20) have formed a partnership that will expand the organizations' assistance on the development and implementation of clean energy policies. The partnership will also enhance NREL's and R20's collaboration with the Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) Global Partnership.

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SPREP, IMO Workshop Focuses on Emissions from Shipping [viewed]

sprep-imo-amsa21 November 2014: A regional workshop on regulations relating to the prevention of air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping sought to encourage more Pacific island countries to ratify Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). Currently eight Pacific countries are parties to MARPOL, according to the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

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Canada Pledges Funding to GCF [viewed]

CANADA Flag21 November 2014: The Government of Canada has announced it will commit CAD$300 million to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The announcement was made ahead of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, to be held in Lima, Peru, in December 2014, and just after the first GCF pledging conference, which took place in Berlin, Germany, on 20 November 2014.

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SDSN Outlines Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the US [viewed]

unsdsn20 November 2014: The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) has released a report demonstrating that the US could achieve an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions below 1990 levels by 2050. Using what the report indicates are conservative economic assumptions and existing or near-commercial technologies, the report creates four low-carbon scenarios, all leading to the 80% cut, which translates into an 83% reduction over 2005 levels.

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El Niño Conference Addresses Regional Processes and Impacts [viewed]

WMO14 November 2014: The Third International Conference on ENSO, which met under the theme ‘Bridging the Gaps between the Global ENSO Science and the Regional Processes, Extremes and Impacts,' aimed to review progress on the science of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and regional processes to improve the ENSO prediction and related regional impacts.

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US$9.3 Billion Pledged to GCF [viewed]

green-climate-fund-new20 November 2014: Representatives from 21 governments presented pledges at the Green Climate Fund (GCF) High-Level Pledging Conference amounting to US$9.3 billion. The GCF underlined that this is the highest sum ever raised within a five-month period for an international financing mechanism dedicated to combating climate change.

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UNECE Committee Discusses Future of Forests as Carbon Sinks [viewed]

FAO UNECE18 November 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section conducted a regional review of carbon sequestration in forests. The review concludes that the European region contains 41% of the world's forests, worth 225 million tons of carbon per year as a forest biomass carbon sink.

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G20 Addresses Growth, Energy, Climate Change, Trade and Ebola [viewed]

G20AUSTRALIA16 November 2014: Group of Twenty (G20) leaders have released a communiqué following the conclusion of the G20 Leaders Summit. The event drew approximately 4,000 delegates and 3,000 media representatives, and provided an opportunity for leaders to discuss global economic issues and use “their collective power to improve people's lives.” The communiqué outlines G20 policy discussions and commitments.

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UNGA Adopts Resolution on Samoa Pathway [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA14 November 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution on the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the 'SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway' (A/69/L.6), by consensus. The Samoa Pathway recognizes the adverse impacts of climate change and sea-level rise on SIDS' efforts to achieve sustainable development as well as to their survival and viability, and addresses economic development, food security, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and ocean management, among other issues.

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