Northern America

FAO Data Show Rising Agriculture Emissions, Declining Net Land-use Change Emissions [viewed]

FAO11 April 2014: Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture, forestry and fisheries and other land uses (AFOLU) have doubled over the past fifty years, according to estimates released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). Without increased efforts to address and reduce these emissions, the FAO cautions that emissions could increase an additional 30% by 2050.

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EU-US Energy Council Urges Adopting New Climate Agreement in 2015 [viewed]

usa-eu-flag2 April 2014: The fifth EU-US Energy Council, which met in Brussels, Belgium, noted the shared EU-US objectives in evolving energy policies in support of a transition to a low-carbon economy and welcomed President Obama's Climate Action Plan and the work underway on the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Package to address key sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the US and EU.

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IISD Assumes Management of Experimental Lakes Area [viewed]

iisd_logo1 April 2014: The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) have signed agreements to ensure the continued operation of the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) research facility. The ELA is a unique, whole-lake laboratory, with 58 lakes used for scientific study of stressors and pollutants on freshwater lakes and watersheds.

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Arctic Council Releases 2013 Overview of Arctic Ocean Acidification [viewed]

Arctic Council28 March 2014: The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), an Arctic Council Working Group, has released the 'Arctic Ocean Acidifcation 2013: An Overview,' which is written for the general public and educational purposes in high schools.

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EU, US Call for Ambitious Mitigation Contributions from Major Emitters [viewed]

usa-eu-flag26 March 2014: The EU and the US held a Summit in Brussels, Belgium, which concluded with the adoption of a joint statement emphasizing the two countries' "strong partnership." In the statement, the US and the EU call on major economies and significant greenhouse gas (GHG) emitters to make ambitious mitigation contributions in the 2015 agreement to be adopted in Paris.

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IEA Publishes 2050 Roadmap for Energy Storage [viewed]

IEA19 March 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a study, titled 'Technology Roadmap: Energy Storage,' which aims to promote understanding of the applications, functions and costs of energy storage technologies, and identify the most important actions needed for their development and deployment in light of global climate and energy goals.

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Bloomberg and CEM Review 2013 Clean Energy Policy and Markets [viewed]

Clean Energy Solutions Center25 February 2014: The Clean Energy Ministerial's (CEM) Clean Energy Solutions Center and Bloomberg New Energy Finance have published their latest bi-annual briefing, summarizing investment, regulatory, and other developments in clean energy. The issue highlights that, while costs of renewables reduced in 2013, so did investment.

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CARIAA Targeting Research on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa and Asia [viewed]

cariaa7 March 2014: The Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) has launched a research programme on climate change adaptation that is to be conducted by four consortia. The research will focus on three climate change “hotspots”—sensitive regions inhabited by large numbers of people: semi-arid regions; deltas; and glacier and snowpack-dependent river basins.

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Event: World Water Day [viewed]

World Water Day 2014 takes place on March 22, with events in 2014 focusing on the theme of "Water and Energy". The events this year are coordinated by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UN University (UNU). Events celebrating World Water Day will take place across the globe, including in Sri Lanka, the US, the Philippines, Benin, Poland and Tunisia among many others, and are expected to engage stakeholders, government officials, non governmental organizations (NGOs), international organizations and youth on issues related to water and energy.  

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IDB Hosts Discussion Panel on Healthy, Green and Sustainable Cities [viewed]

IDB26 February 2014: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/CoA) co-hosted a discussion panel for the launch of the Winter 2014 issue of 'Americas Quarterly,' centered on the theme 'Our Cities, Our Future: Making Cities Healthy, Green and Sustainable.' 

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