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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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World Bank Building Earns LEED Gold Certification [viewed]

World Bank6 July 2011: Two World Bank Washington office buildings have earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council, as a result of the implementation of green activities aimed at reducing its energy use and carrying out awareness raising campaigns.

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Event: 62nd Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) [viewed]

Delegates at this meeting will consider: mandatory measures to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from international shipping for adoption; amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) to designate a new US Caribbean sea area emission control area; the designation of the Baltic Sea as a Special Area with respect to pollution by sewage from ships; and the adoption of a revised Annex V related to control of garbage. The MEPC will also discuss issues relating to the implementation of the ship recycling and ballast water management conventions and consider the adoption of new guidelines on bio-fouling.  

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IRI Publication Highlights Climate Information for Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

A Better Climate for Disaster Risk Management20 June 2011: The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at Colombia University has released a publication titled "A better climate for disaster risk management," which addresses recent advances in the use of climate information for managing risks and improving livelihoods.  

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