Northern America

Arctic Council Task Force Reviews Actions to Curb SLCPs [viewed]

Arctic Council9 June 2014: At the fourth meeting of the Arctic Council's Task Force for Action on Black Carbon and Methane, delegates reviewed and discussed regional, national and international mitigation actions for possible inclusion in their final report to the Ministerial meeting in 2015.

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G7 Declaration Highlights Energy Security, Climate Change, Sustainable Development [viewed]

g7-eu5 June 2014: The Presidents of the European Council and European Commission (EC) have gathered with leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US for a G7 Summit, during which they discussed issues related to Ukraine and global foreign policy issues, as well as energy, climate, economy and development, among others. The resulting Brussels G7 Summit Declaration addresses each of these issues and affirms the G7's commitment to “the values of freedom and democracy, and their universality and to fostering peace and security.”

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Montreal Protocol Multilateral Fund Approves over US$2.7 Million for National Projects [viewed]

MultilateralfundMay 2014: The Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol has approved financing for institutional strengthening projects in 18 countries. It also approved hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) Phase out Management Plan (HPMP) projects in 11 countries. The projects were approved during the 72nd meeting of the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund (ExCom).

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US EPA Proposes 30% Emission Reductions from Power Plants by 2030 [viewed]

EPA2 June 2014: The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed regulations requiring existing coal-fired power plants to reduce their emissions. The Clean Power Plan is a flexible proposal aimed at ensuring a healthier environment, spurring innovation and strengthening the economy, which, for the first time, cuts carbon pollution from existing power plants, the single largest source of such pollution in the US. The plan is expected to protect public health and fight climate change while supplying reliable and affordable power.

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World Bank Report Highlights Growing Momentum to Price Carbon [viewed]

World Bank28 May 2014: The World Bank and Ecofys have released a report, titled ‘State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2014,' which states that momentum for carbon-pricing initiatives is building and initiatives such as emission trading schemes (ETS) and carbon taxes have increased significantly over the past year. 

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Event: G7 Summit [viewed]

The leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom (UK), the US, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission (EC) will convene for a G7 Summit from the evening of 4 June through the morning of 5 June 2014. Leaders are expected to discuss: the situation in Ukraine and relations with the Russian Federation; climate change and development; energy security; the global economy; trade; and other foreign policy topics. The 40th meeting of the G8 summit was scheduled to be held in the Russian Federation in June 2014. At their meeting in The Hague, the Netherlands in March 2014, the G7 leaders decided to hold a meeting without the Russian Federation, due to the Crimean crisis.  

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May 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

ebrd-worldbank-adb-gef-eib-afdbMay 2014: During May, international and regional financial institutions, including the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), undertook a variety of actions related to water resources, including presenting the results of existing projects, participating in regional conferences and approving new loans. Projects this month addressed issues including transboundary water cooperation, water supply and sanitation, hydroelectric generation, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and ecosystem service conservation, among others.

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As CO2 Concentrations Top 400 ppm, WMO Warns Time is Running Out [viewed]

WMO26 May 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirmed that atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have crossed a new threshold, with April's monthly concentration topping 400 parts per million (ppm) throughout the northern hemisphere. While atmospheric carbon dioxide levels reached 400 ppm in April 2012, this record is the first time the monthly average did. The WMO predicts the global annual average carbon dioxide concentration will cross this threshold in 2015 or 2016.

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Military Advisory Board Identifies Climate Change as Security Threat [viewed]

accelerating-risks-climate-change13 May 2014: The CNA Corporation's Military Advisory Board has published a report, titled ‘National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change,' which provides an update to a 2007 CNA report that described climate change as a “threat multiplier.” The 2014 report reexamines climate change impacts on US national security within a more complex and integrated world and, looking at new vulnerabilities and tensions, identifies climate change as a “catalyst for instability and conflict.”

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Fifth Clean Energy Ministerial Addresses Finance, Markets and Energy-Water Nexus [viewed]

cem513 May 2014: Energy ministers and high-level delegates from 23 countries, as well as representatives from the private sector and international organizations, gathered for the Fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5) to discuss accelerating the transition toward a global clean energy economy and to assess progress made since CEM1 in 2010. Around 250 participants attended the meeting, which convened a set of public-private roundtables and a Ministerial segment on clean energy, integration, energy efficiency and human capacity.

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