UNEP's “Billion Tree Campaign” Surpasses Three Billion Trees Planted [viewed]

30 March 2009: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) “Billion Tree Campaign,” a campaign to plant trees around the globe, recently announced that, with the planting of over 300 million trees in Turkey in 2008, the initiative has resulted in the planting of over three billion trees.

read more »

GEF STAP Workshop Considers Climate Change Science and Technology Advice [viewed]

30 March 2009: The Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) held a workshop on 30 March 2009, in Washington DC, US, to develop the Panel's scientific and technical guidance for the Fifth GEF Replenishment's (GEF-5) strategic programming on climate mitigation policies and technologies.

read more »

IFPRI Releases Brief on Including Agriculture in Copenhagen's Agenda [viewed]

30 March 2009: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a brief titled “Agriculture and Climate Change: An Agenda for Negotiation in Copenhagen.”

read more »

AWG-KP 7 and AWG-LCA 5 Talks Kick Off in Bonn [viewed]

30 March 2009: The seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 7) and the fifth meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 5) opened on 29 March 2009, in Bonn, Germany, with a welcoming ceremony followed by the opening sessions of the two Working Groups.

read more »

UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Australia's and Japan's Submissions on Consideration of Scale of Emission Reductions to be Achieved by Annex I Parties [viewed]

30 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an addendum (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/MISC.1/ADD.2) to document FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/MISC.1 on consideration of the scale of emission reductions to be achieved by Annex I Parties and of other relevant issues arising from the implementation of the work programme of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol.

read more »

UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Hungary's GHG Inventory [viewed]

29 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the individual review of the greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory submissions of Hungary submitted in 2007 and 2008 (FCCC/ARR/2008/HUN).

read more »

IDB Approves Energy Efficiency Project in Brazil [viewed]

27 March 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a project to provide Brazil's Usiminas steel company a loan amounting to US$200 million. The first part of the project will finance investments in a new power cogeneration plant and related equipment to produce electricity using excess heat and gases that originate from the production of the steel, allowing the Belo Horizonte-based company to cut its production costs and reduce carbon emissions.

read more »

Policy Update #2: What to Expect on the Bonn Voyage [viewed]

“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

Winston Churchill, 1942

read more »

ITU Focus Group Proposes Methodologies for Calculating ICT Impact on GHG Emissions [viewed]

27 March 2009: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Focus Group on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Climate Change has developed standardized methodologies to calculate the impact of ICTs on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

read more »

UNESCO's “On the Frontlines of Climate Change” Forum Discusses Local Participation in REDD [viewed]

27 March 2009: “On the Frontlines of Climate Change,” an internet forum launched by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, has published an article on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).

read more »