Northern America

Arctic Biodiversity Congress Discusses Arctic Biodiversity Assessment, Climate Change [viewed]

arctic4 December 2014: Participants at the Arctic Biodiversity Congress addressed the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity through three main themes: Arctic change, resilience and adaptation; mainstreaming biodiversity and linking Arctic ecosystems to society; and understanding cumulative effects and managing impacts.

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SustainUS, ANU Propose Options for Intergenerational Equity at COP 20 Event [viewed]

limacop204 December 2014: SustainUS and the Australian National University (ANU) organized a side event at the Lima Climate Change Conference on 'Youth Proposals for the 2015 Agreement: Intergenerational Equity and Bypassing US Ratification.' The side event covered a range of proposals on the UNFCCC negotiations, such as incorporating social discount rate considerations into Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) and recognizing the role of intergenerational education for youth empowerment.

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Member States Debate Working Methods, Scope and Timing of Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

Post 2015 Process3 December 2014: UN Member States convened for an informal plenary meeting on “the organization and modalities for intergovernmental negotiations and remaining issues related to the Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.” Governments responded to the co-facilitators' “food for thought” paper of 17 November 2014, which had been issued following the consultations of 4 and 10 November. Member States are expected to meet again next week to discuss a new calendar of eight negotiating dates, circulated by the co-facilitators at the end of the session.

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EU-US Energy Council Statement Highlights Climate Change Commitments [viewed]

usa-eu-flag3 December 2014: The EU and the US are committed to leading the fight against climate change, according to a joint statement released by the sixth meeting of the EU-US Energy Council. As outlined in the statement, the Council welcomed the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction commitments of the EU and the US, applauded their respective pledges to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and discussed mobilizing long-term investments in sustainable energy for developing regions.

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January-October Temperatures Break Records, WMO Reports [viewed]

WMO21 November 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported that, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), global average temperature over land and ocean surfaces for January to October 2014 was the highest on record, and October was the hottest since measurements began in 1880.

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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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