Northern America

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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UNFCCC Releases Submissions on the Team of Experts for the International Consultation and Analysis [viewed]

20 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released 12 submissions from Parties containing their views on the composition, modalities and procedures of the team of technical experts referred to in decision 2/CP.17, annex IV, paragraph 1 (on modalities and guidelines for international consultation and analysis) (FCCC/SBI/2012/MISC.8).

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Event: International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 Conference [viewed]

The International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 Conference draws international attention to the polar regions, global change, and related environmental, social and economic issues. Organized around the theme "From Knowledge to Action," the event brings together over 2,000 Arctic and Antarctic researchers, policy- and decision-makers, and a broad range of interested parties from academia, industry, NGO, education and circumpolar communities including indigenous peoples. The conference seeks to build on the momentum of IPY 2007-2008, which increased understanding of how indigenous knowledge could be combined with instrumented data in monitoring the changes in polar ice, snow and vegetation cover, marine and terrestrial animal migrations, and behavioral patterns of polar animals, birds, fish and cetacean species.  

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UN Releases Third Annual Carbon Neutrality Report [viewed]

23 April 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in its capacity as secretariat of the UN Environment Management Group (EMG) has released the UN's third annual “Moving Towards a Climate Neutral UN” report, which details the UN's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for 2010, as well as ongoing efforts to reduce them.

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North American Leaders Commit to Cooperation on Energy, Chemicals and Climate [viewed]

2 April 2012: The North American Leaders Summit met in Washington DC, US, on 2 April, with the aim of advancing the economic well-being, safety and security of the US, Mexico, and Canada. The key outcome of the Summit was the Joint Statement by North American Leaders, which detailed North American cooperation on issues including energy, chemicals and climate change.

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UNECE Launches Green Economy Seminar Series With Discussion of Green Homes [viewed]

UNECE16 April 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) discussed residential energy efficiency at the first seminar in a series launched to promote actions towards a regional green economy. The Green Economy seminars will provide a forum for discussing the integration of social and environmental considerations in the lead-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20).

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