Northern America

Event: 2nd Meeting of the Global Network of Basins Working on Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

Organized under the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) with the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), the 2nd meeting of the global network is expected to compare methodologies and approaches, exchange experience and promote a shared vision on how to address climate change adaptation in river basins. The meeting will include session on: advancing transboundary vulnerability assessments; collecting good practices and lessons; developing basin-wide adaptation strategies and implementing measures; ensuring implementation and financing of adaptation strategies through mainstreaming water and climate change perspectives into river basin management plans and national adaptation activities; and continuing the platform for exchanging experiences.  

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NOAA, Arctic Council Release 2013 Arctic Report Card [viewed]

artic-report-card12 December 2013: The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with the support of two working groups of the Arctic Council, has released the 2013 update to the Arctic Report Card. The Report Card has been published since 2006 and tracks environmental changes in the region, including with regard to the atmosphere, sea ice and ocean, marine ecosystems, terrestrial ecosystems and the terrestrial cryosphere. 

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Event: Workshop on The Future of Social Housing: Environmental and Social Challenges [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and UN-HABITAT, in cooperation the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing (CECODHAS), will hold a workshop exploring the future of social housing in UNECE member states. The second day of the event will focus on environmental sustainability issues of social housing, including energy efficiency, resource efficiency, climate neutrality and "green social housing." Case studies will be examined from Sweden, Trento, Italy and Quebec, Canada.  

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Event Discusses Coherence on Adaptation Across the UNFCCC [viewed]

Promoting-Coherence-on-Adaptation Across the UNFCCC21 November 2013: The Netherlands and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) organized a side event during the Warsaw Climate Change Conference on promoting coherence on adaptation across the UNFCCC, from negotiations to action on the ground.

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CCAFS Releases Success Stories on Climate Smart Agriculture [viewed]

CCAFS15 November 2013: A release from the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Programme (CCAFS) and the Technical Center for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA) has assembled a collection of experiences with climate-smart agriculture (CSA) to contribute to adaptation and mitigation objectives.

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Representatives from Developed Countries Discuss Fast-Start Finance [viewed]

enbots-event112 November 2013: The UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat organized a side event on 'Fast-Start Finance - Lessons Learned 2010-2012,' during which representatives from a number of developed countries discussed their efforts related to fast-start finance.

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IEA Geothermal Annual Report Highlights Increased Growth in Geothermal Deployment [viewed]

iea-gia10 October 2013: The International Energy Agency's (IEA) Geothermal Implementing Agreement (GIA) has released its Annual Report for 2011 and published country reports for Australia, the European Commission, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the US.

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Event: 22nd Session of the UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy [viewed]

At its 22nd session, the UN Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) Committee on Sustainable Energy will discuss issues including: achieving Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) in the UNECE region; reliable and stable transit of energy resources and its role in ensuring sustainable development and international cooperation; reducing carbon intensity in the energy sector; and the role for gas in a green economy.  

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UNFCCC Releases Parties' Submissions on the GCF, the GEF and Gender [viewed]

UNFCCC18 September 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions by parties on the Green Climate Fund (GCF), on the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and on the gender balance goal. The submissions will be considered by the Conference of the Parties at its 19th session (COP 19) to be held in Warsaw, Poland, from 11-22 November 2013.

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FAO Assesses Food Waste Impacts on Land, Climate, Water and Biodiversity [viewed]

FAO11 September 2013: The Food and Agriculture of the UN (FAO) has released a study documenting the environmental impacts of global food wastage as well as its direct economic impacts, which it reports add up to $750 billion annually.

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