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Monaco Submits INDC

monaco29 July 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that Monaco is the 50th Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which sets out a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of 50% below 1990 levels by 2030. The INDC is communicated in the context of Monaco's previously announced goals of reducing emissions 30% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.

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UNISDR to Develop Disaster Risk Management Standards for Hotels in Asia and Pacific

UNISDRS29 July 2015: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has announced a plan to develop and pilot disaster risk management standards for the hotel industry in Asia and the Pacific, where 80% of the world's disaster events take place.

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Pacific Islands, Partners to Strengthen Weather and Climate Services

wmo-sprep25 July 2015: The Third Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC-3), which met under the theme 'Sustainable Weather and Climate Services for a Resilient Pacific,' brought together over 100 Pacific Meteorological Directors, partners and stakeholders to discuss how to strengthen meteorology in the Pacific. The meeting, which convened from 20-23 July 2015, in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, preceded the first Pacific Ministers Meeting on Meteorology (PMMM) on 24 July.

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Montreal Protocol Inches Closer to Negotiations on HFC Phase-down

iisdrs-oewg3624 July 2015: The 36th meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 36) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MP) devoted most of its time to addressing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a group of greenhouse gases (GHG) widely used in the refrigeration, air conditioning, foam and aerosol sector as a substitute for ozone-depleting substances (ODS).

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White House Launches American Business Act on Climate Pledge

USA Flag27 July 2015: The White House has launched the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, supported by 13 of the largest American companies whose pledges represent more than US$1.3 trillion in revenue in 2014 and a combined market capitalization of at least US$2.5 trillion.

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UNISDR Spearheads Training for Local Governments on Sendai Framework for DRR

UNISDRS24 July 2015: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has begun training programmes for local governments, focusing on developing strategies based on action priorities outlined in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), agreed in March 2015, which emphasizes the role of local governments in achieving DRR and a reduction in the loss of lives, livelihoods and health over the next 15 years.

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WMO Calls for Comments on Draft 2015 GCOS Status Report

GCOS24 July 2015: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has announced that the draft 2015 Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Status Report, which assesses the adequacy of the global observing systems for climate, is open for public review. The report will be submitted to GCOS's sponsoring organizations, as well as Parties to the UNFCCC, who in November 2012 invited the GCOS Secretariat to prepare such an assessment.

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Researchers Report Increased Arctic Sea Ice Volume

20 July 2015: In an article titled 'Increased Arctic Sea Ice Volume after Anomalously Low Melting in 2013,' researchers report that the volume of Arctic sea ice increased by around a third after an unusually cool summer in 2013, which, they say, suggests that Arctic sea ice might be more resilient than previously thought.

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UNECE Calls for Comments on Draft CCS Specifications

UNECE8 July 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has announced that a draft document, titled 'Specifications for the Application of the UN Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 (UNFC-2009) to Injection Projects for the Purpose of Geological Storage,' is open for public review. UNECE describes storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) as the "initial and main focus" of the specifications, although they potentially could be applied to other projects, such as storing natural gas.

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ADP Co-Chairs Issue Streamlined Geneva Negotiating Text

UNFCCC24 July 2015: The Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) have issued a scenario note for the tenth part of the second session of ADP (ADP 2-10) that includes a consolidated version of the formal Geneva negotiating text. The Co-Chairs also released a document containing elements for a draft decision on ADP workstream 2 (pre-2020 ambition).

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Africa Kick Starts Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction Implementation

unisdr_au23 July 2015: African Governments gathered in Yaoundé, Cameroon, from 20-23 July 2015, to launch a global drive to apply the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). Representatives from 37 African Governments agreed to work together towards substantial reductions in disaster losses over the next 15 years, including reductions in mortality, the numbers of people affected and the economic damage caused by natural and human-induced hazards.

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European Environment Ministers Discuss SDGs, Climate Finance

European Council23 July 2015: During an informal Council of Environment Ministers, European Ministers agreed that the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be adopted at the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda are a challenge and an opportunity leading towards more sustainable, equitable and coherent policy making at the international and European level. The UN summit is to take place in September 2015, in New York, US.

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Stern Confirms Economic Case for Climate Action

nicholas_stern22 July 2015: An article released ten years after the 'Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change' reaffirms that the cost of inaction on climate change is still greater than the cost of action. Authored by Nicholas Stern, who authored the original Review, the article, titled 'Economic Development, Climate and Values: Making Policy,' finds that the case for climate action is even stronger today than at the time of the Stern Review's publication a decade ago.

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Vatican, Mayors Highlight Links between Climate Change and Human Trafficking

pontifica_academia21 July 2015: At a summit for mayors of 70 cities from around the world, Pope Francis spoke on climate change and its links to human trafficking, health problems and unemployment. During the event, titled 'Modern Slavery and Climate Change: The Commitment of Cities,' the Pope and the mayors signed a declaration highlighting the "very vital role" of cities "in the face of the emergencies attributable to human-induced climate change, social exclusion, and extreme poverty."

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Major Economies Forum Discusses Elements of a Legally-Binding Climate Agreement

mef19 July 2015: At its 22nd meeting, the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) focused on issues related to the global climate change agreement that is expected to be adopted at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. The participating economies, mostly represented at the ministerial level, discussed their views on the legal form and contents of the agreement. Despite diverse positions on these aspects, the co-chairs called the meeting "productive" and "very constructive."

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France Hosts Informal Ministerial Consultations

France-Flag21 July 2015: The French Government hosted the first of a series of informal ministerial consultations to prepare for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, which will take place in November-December 2015. The consultations brought together approximately 40 delegations, including 30 ministers, who discussed: the overall balance of the draft climate change agreement; its level of ambition; and the degree of differentiation that should be retained in order to take into account the situation and levels of development of the different UN member States.

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World Summit Issues Call to Conscience for the Climate

why-do-i-care21 July 2015: A 'Call to Conscience for the Climate' was officially launched at the World Summit of Conscience. The Summit gathered people from many of the world's religions and wisdoms to discuss fundamental moral questions related to climate change, such as why we should care, how one can show one cares, and how to inspire the world to care. The Summit also saw the launch of the "Why Do I Care?" campaign, which has so far garnered over 1,200 participants.

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2014, First Half of 2015 Warmest on Record

wmo-noaa21 July 2015: In a report titled 'State of the Climate in 2014,' the American Meteorological Society has described 2014 as the warmest year on record. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has also reported that the January-June 2015 period was the hottest on record, citing figures provided by the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) of the US Department of Commerce in its 'State of the Climate: Global Analysis for June 2015' report.

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Marshall Islands Submits INDC

marshall-flag21 July 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that the Marshall Islands is the first small island developing State (SIDS) Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which sets out a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of 32% below 2010 levels by 2025. The INDC also includes an indicative target of reducing emissions 45% below 2010 levels by 2030. The submission from the Marshall Islands brings the total number of Parties to submit an INDC to 48.

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UNESCO Reports on Climate Change Education Activities

UNESCO21 July 2015: A report by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reviews the organization's recent work to support education policymakers and educators of teachers to incorporate climate change into their curriculum. The report, titled 'Not Just Hot Air: Putting Climate Change Education into Practice,' presents results and lessons learned from country pilots in the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Mauritius, Tuvalu and South Africa.

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