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US President Announces National Climate Action Plan [viewed]

USA Flag25 June 2013: US President Barack Obama presented his Climate Action Plan, which comprises a series of executive actions to reduce carbon pollution, prepare the country for climate change impacts, and lead international efforts to address climate change.

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G8 Identifies Climate Change as one of the Foremost Challenges for the Future [viewed]

lough-erne18 June 2013: "We remain strongly committed to addressing the urgent need to reduce GHG emissions significantly by 2020 (..) with a view to doing our part to limit effectively the increase in global temperature below 2ºC," reads the communiqué released by the leaders from the group of eight industrialized countries (G8). The leaders further identify climate change as one of the foremost challenges for future welfare and economic prosperity.

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WMO Formulates Recommendations to Support Risk Assessment [viewed]

WMO15 June 2013: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) organized the First Technical Workshop on Support to Risk Assessment, where representatives from countries and organizations, as well as experts, met to explore needs for hazard information to conduct risk assessment and analysis. Participants discussed recommendations that could contribute to enhance preparedness for disasters.

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OECD Publication Highlights Household Environmental Attitudes [viewed]

OECD5 June 2013: An Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) publication, titled "Greening Household Behaviour" and published as part of the OECD series on Environmental Policy and Individual Choice (EPIC), highlights household environmental attitudes in 11 survey countries and actions that governments can implement to influence change and increase access to greener choices.

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Event: Food, Forests, and Landscapes [viewed]

This event is being convened by the International Food Policy Research Institute
 (IFPRI) and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), and will explore how the landscape approach can address food security challenges while protecting biodiversity and combatting climate change. IFPRI and CIFOR are members of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). The session will be webcast live.  

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ICAO Symposium Discusses National Action Plans on Emissions from Aviation [viewed]

Icao12 June 2013: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Symposium on Aviation and Climate Change, 'Destination Green,' aimed to foster a dialogue amongst participants on environment and aviation matters. The event brought together 233 participants from 62 member States and 23 international organizations.

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US, China to Collaborate on HFCs Phase Down [viewed]

china_us_flag8 June 2013: The US Government has announced that it will collaborate with the Government of China to phase down the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). US President Barack Obama and China's President Jinping Xi reached the agreement during their recent retreat.

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UNFCCC Releases SBSTA Documents for Bonn Session [viewed]

UNFCCC4 June 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a series of documents that will be discussed by the Subsidiary Body on Scientific and technical Advice (SBSTA) at its 38th session, taking place in Bonn, Germany. The documents relate to methodological issues related to the Kyoto Protocol, the new market-based mechanism, emissions from international transport, the UNFCCC reporting guidelines, high-carbon reservoirs, and a framework for various approaches.

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COMIFAC Workshop Validates Landscape Management Approaches [viewed]

COMIFAC30 May 2013: The Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC), in collaboration with the Central Africa Regional Programme for the Environment (CARPE), the Government of the United States (US) and other partners, convened a workshop to validate guides on land use planning and management.

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World Bank Maps Carbon Pricing Initiatives, Recommends Gradual Development [viewed]

World Bank29 May 2013: The World Bank has released a report, titled 'Mapping Carbon Pricing Initiatives: Developments and Prospects,' which provides an overview of current and prospective carbon pricing initiatives at the international, regional, national and sub-national levels. The report recommends flexibility in carbon pricing, alignment with national priorities, a staged approach for the introduction of new initiatives, and carefully timing the construction of linkages between emissions trading schemes.

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