Northern America

Event: 38th Summit of the G8 [viewed]

The US will host the 38th Summit of the Group of Eight (G8) at Camp David, Maryland, in May 2012. The G8 comprises Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation, the UK, and the US. The meeting was originally scheduled to take place in Chicago, back-to-back with the NATO summit, but the US announced the change in location and dates on 5 March (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/05/statement-press-secretary-g-8-and-nato-summits). The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will hold its summit in Chicago from 20-21 May (see http://www.chicagonato.org/ for more information). The Presidents Benin, Ghana and Tanzania and Prime Minister of Ethiopia are expected to join in the discussions on food security in Africa.  

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CEC Report Details Greenhouse Gas Emissions from North American Power Plants [viewed]

7 December 2011: A report by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) on the air emissions of electric power plants in North America finds that its 3,144 fossil fuel-burning plants generate the majority of several key pollutants and emit more greenhouse gases (GHG) than any other industrial sector.

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UNECE Experts on Regulatory Cooperation Focus on Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNECE9 December 2011: The 21st session of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) included a session on "Standards and regulations: tool for promoting sustainable development."

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UNECE Hosts Expert Panel on Forests 2030 [viewed]

UNECE15 December 2011: Experts from governments, international organizations, NGOs and industry participated in a panel on "Forests 2030: The future of forests in Europe and North America," in Geneva, Switzerland. The panel was chaired by Michael Zammit Cutajar, former UNFCCC Executive Secretary, under the patronage of Janusz Zaleski, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Environment, Poland.

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Canada Withdraws from Kyoto Protocol [viewed]

12 December 2011: The Government of Canada has announced its formal withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol. In a statement delivered in the Canadian House of Commons, Peter Kent, Canadian Minister for the Environment, stated that "we are invoking our legal right to formally withdraw from Kyoto. This decision formalizes what we have said since 2006 that we will not implement the Kyoto Protocol."

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UN-HABITAT and Partners Recognize Local Governments for Green Building [viewed]

5 December 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability have announced the winners of the Government Leadership Awards for excellence in green building and climate action at the local level. The awards promote best practices to be replicated across cities, and encourage the use of green buildings as a strategy to reduce carbon emissions.

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Ozone COP/MOP Does Not Address HFCs Phase-Down [viewed]

Indonesian Minister for Environment, Balthasar Kambuaya, banging a gong to officially open the high-level segment25 November 2011: Parties to the Montreal Protocol have agreed to a US$450 million replenishment of the Multilateral Fund to the Montreal Protocol (MLF), in order to phase-out hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), ozone depleting substances (ODS) with high-global warming potential (GWP).

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CARICOM Secretary-General Calls for US to Embrace COP 16 Outcome [viewed]

CARICOM22 November 2011: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque has urged the United States to formally commit to the outcome of the 16th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 16) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which convened in December 2010, in Cancun, Mexico.

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IEA Publishes Papers on Policies for Renewables Deployment and Market Prospects [viewed]

IEA24 November 2011: Accompanying the publication of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) new book “Deploying Renewables 2011: Best and Future Policy,” the IEA has released three Information Papers on various aspects of renewables deployment.

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UNFCCC Publishes Ten Submissions under the Bali Action Plan [viewed]

UNFCCC22 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/MISC.9/ Add.1) from parties under ideas and proposals on the elements contained in paragraph 1 of the Bali Action Plan (decision 1/CP.13).

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