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Event: ICAO Environmental ​Seminars in the European and North Atlantic Region [viewed]

As part of a series of two environmental seminars held back-to-back in each region of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Aviation and Environment Seminar will be held from 18-19 March 2015, and the States' Action Plans Seminar will be held from 19-20 March 2015, in Warsaw, Poland, for the European and North Atlantic (EUR/NAT) Region. The seminars are supporting ICAO Member States in their efforts to institute climate-friendly aviation. The first seminar, intended for civil aviation, environment, energy, industry, civil society, academia, and National Action Plan (NAP) representatives, as well as the general public, will cover: aviation and environmental outlook, aircraft noise, local air quality, global emissions, sustainable alternative fuels, market-based measures, technology, operations, green airports, States' action plans, assistance to States and financing​. The second seminar is for NAP Focal Points to learn about ICAO Guidance on State Action Plans; the Action Plan Emissions Reduction (APER) website, supporting documents and ICAO tools; assistance for the implementation of the Action Plan; and States' best practices.  

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IEA Reviews US Energy Policies [viewed]

IEA18 December 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its 'Energy Policies of IEA Countries: The United States 2014 Review.' The report reviews the oil and gas boom in the US, developments in the national energy policy framework and efforts toward sustainability in the energy system and stability in the electricity sector.

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IEA Projects 2.1% Annual Growth in Coal Demand through 2019 [viewed]

IEA15 December 2014: The 2014 Medium-Term Coal Market Report, published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), finds that coal demand will continue to grow at an average annual rate of 2.1% until 2019. China is expected to account for three-fifths of that demand, while modest declines in coal consumption in the US and EU will be offset by growth in India's demand, according to the report.

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US COP 20 Event Showcases International Resilience Commitments [viewed]

limacop2011 December 2014: The US Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) organized a side event at the Lima Climate Change Conference to highlight 'US Commitments on International Resilience.' At the event, US officials also invited non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector and developing country partners to join in a consortium on climate information for global resilience.

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FAO Infographic Reveals Growing Agriculture and Livestock Emissions [viewed]

FAO9 December 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) published a factsheet on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU), which highlights global emissions of about 10 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. These emissions are not offset by the two billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent removed from the atmosphere by forests and land, according to the infographic.

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IEA Releases 2014 Insights on Energy, Climate Change and Environment [viewed]

IEA10 December 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) addresses the interconnections between climate change policies and the global energy sector in its report 'Energy, Climate Change and Environment: 2014 Insights.' The report presents: ways to retire high-emission assets, such as coal plants; important lessons for designing an emissions trading system (ETS); examples of co-managing air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; and trends in energy metrics.

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Think Tanks Offer Perspectives on 2015 Agreement, US-China Cooperation [viewed]

limacop209 December 2014: China's National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC) organized an event at the Lima Climate Change Conference that explored the interactions between bilateral and international processes, with a focus on the potential to reach a climate agreement in Paris in 2015. Think tanks from around the world offered their perspectives at the event, 'International Cooperation: Towards the 2015 Agreement: A Perspective from International Think Tanks.'

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Arctic Biodiversity Congress Discusses Arctic Biodiversity Assessment, Climate Change [viewed]

arctic4 December 2014: Participants at the Arctic Biodiversity Congress addressed the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity through three main themes: Arctic change, resilience and adaptation; mainstreaming biodiversity and linking Arctic ecosystems to society; and understanding cumulative effects and managing impacts.

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SustainUS, ANU Propose Options for Intergenerational Equity at COP 20 Event [viewed]

limacop204 December 2014: SustainUS and the Australian National University (ANU) organized a side event at the Lima Climate Change Conference on 'Youth Proposals for the 2015 Agreement: Intergenerational Equity and Bypassing US Ratification.' The side event covered a range of proposals on the UNFCCC negotiations, such as incorporating social discount rate considerations into Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) and recognizing the role of intergenerational education for youth empowerment.

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Member States Debate Working Methods, Scope and Timing of Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

Post 2015 Process3 December 2014: UN Member States convened for an informal plenary meeting on “the organization and modalities for intergovernmental negotiations and remaining issues related to the Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.” Governments responded to the co-facilitators' “food for thought” paper of 17 November 2014, which had been issued following the consultations of 4 and 10 November. Member States are expected to meet again next week to discuss a new calendar of eight negotiating dates, circulated by the co-facilitators at the end of the session.

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