Northern America

SPREP, SPC and US Government Join Forces to Advance Climate Adaptation [viewed]

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)8 September 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced that it, along with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the US Government, have initiated a partnership to advance climate change adaptation.

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OECD Paper Reviews Policies for Investing in Renewable Energy Plants [viewed]

July 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a working paper entitled “Sources of Finance, Investment Policies and Plant Entry in the Renewable Energy Sector,” which reviews public policies promoting investment in renewable energies at the plant level.

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UNFCCC Publishes Fast-start Finance Submissions [viewed]

UNFCCC15 August 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions (FCCC/CP/2011/INF.1) on information from developed country parties on the resources provided to fulfil the commitment referred to in decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 95 (The Cancun Agreements: Outcome of the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) (Finance)).

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UN Greening the Blue Reports on World Bank Cycling Initiative [viewed]

2 August 2011: UN Greening the Blue has reported that the World Bank has instituted a Bike to Work Day, in an effort to reduce corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to encourage environmentally friendly methods of commuting in Washington DC, US, where the World Bank headquarters are located.

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Indonesia-US Joint Commission Meeting Discusses Climate, Environment and Energy [viewed]

26 July 2011: The second Indonesia-US Joint Commission Meeting was held in Bali, Indonesia, and included reports from the working groups on climate and environment, and on energy.

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Ban on Heavy Fuel Oil in Antarctic Enters into Force [viewed]

29 July 2011: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has reported that a ban on heavy fuel oil from the Antarctic will enter into force on 1 August 2011, and that a new North American Emission Control Area (ECA) will be created. The ban and ECA aim to reduce pollution in the Antarctic region.

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IDB Joins Airplane Companies in Funding Research on Jet Biofuel from Sugarcane [viewed]

IDB27 July 2011: Boeing, Embraer and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have announced they will jointly fund a sustainability analysis for renewable jet fuel production based on Brazilian sugarcane.

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WTO Establishes First Dispute Settlement Panel on Renewable Energy Subsidies [viewed]

20 July 2011: The World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Mechanism has established a Panel to arbitrate in the Japan vs. Canada case on measures applied to Canada's renewable energy sector.

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US, India Discuss Energy and Climate Change Cooperation [viewed]

19 July 2011: During the second annual meeting of the US-India Strategic Dialogue, the two countries committed to continuing to broaden and deepen their global strategic partnership, including efforts to address climate change, ensure mutual energy security, and build a clean energy economy that will drive investment, job creation, and economic growth throughout the 21st century.

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OECD Report Examines Environmental Effectiveness of Car Fleet Renewal Schemes [viewed]

June 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) International Transport Forum (ITF) has published a report titled “Car Fleet Renewal Schemes: Environmental and Safety Impacts” under the aegis of the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI). 

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