Ramsar's Standing Committee Tasks its Scientific Panel to Review Wetlands and Climate Change [viewed]

© RAMSAR26 May 2009: During its 40th meeting, which took place from 11-15 May 2009, in Gland, Switzerland, the Ramsar Standing Committee approved the Scientific and Review Panel (STRP) work plan for 2009-2012.

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UNESCO's “On the Frontlines of Climate Change” Forum Discusses Indigenous Views and REDD [viewed]

© On the Frontlines of Climate Change19 May 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 (CBD), the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), has published an article on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).

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Guest Article #15: It's Heating Up: The Planet's Largest Civil Society Movement for Change [viewed]

Politicians and world leaders cannot tackle climate change alone. The fight to save the world's ecosystems -and the lives of those who depend on them - must become a central focus of mass mainstream movements of communities throughout the world. As we look towards the climate change negotiations in Copenhagen in December of this year, we need to keep this firmly in mind. During a recent visit to China, I participated in what will surely be one of the most memorable moments of my career: Daoist masters from all over China gathered to agree on a seven-year plan for climate change action. At this meeting, the overall strength and sustainability of all religions was immediately apparent to me. Ancient religious symbols and wisdom combined with modern scientific understanding proved to be a potent mixture inspiring and energizing masters and lay believers alike to take unprecedented action. Do religious and faith-based groups have the potential to take the fight against climate change to the mainstream? Quite possibly.

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UN Secretary-General Urges Business Community to Help “Seal the Deal” [viewed]

© Copenhagen Climate Council26 May 2009: Speaking at the World Business Summit on Climate Change, which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 24-26 May 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the over 500 participating business leaders to use their business acumen to urge government leaders to reach an agreement on reducing greenhouse gases at the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) in December 2009.

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UN Secretary-General on World Environment Day: Citizens Should Press Their Governments to Seal the Deal in Copenhagen [viewed]

26 May 2009: In a message to mark World Environment Day, which will be celebrated on 5 June under the theme “Your planet needs you,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that “the Earth faces the grave threat of climate change.”

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EIB Co-financing Climate Change Mitigation in Viet Nam [viewed]

26 May 2009: The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced that it will co-finance investments that will contribute to the mitigation of climate change through a EUR100 million loan.

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G8 Energy Ministers Define Joint Strategies to Respond to Climate Change [viewed]

© G826 May 2009: The Group of Eight (G8) Energy Ministers Meeting took place in Rome, Italy, from 24-25 May 2009, under the theme “Beyond the crisis: towards a new world energy leadership.”

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CMS Secretariat Highlights Threats Posed by Energy Demand to Gorilla Conservation [viewed]

© CMS22 May 2009: On the occasion of the International Biodiversity Day, the Secretariat of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) stressed that the ever-growing human demand for energy and its consequences represent an omnipresent yet invisible threat to gorillas and their habitats.

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UNGA President Releases Interim Draft of Report of the Commission of Experts on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System [viewed]

21 May 2009: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) President has released an interim draft of the Report of the Commission of Experts of the President of the UNGA on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System.

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World Bank Funds Coal Alternatives in China [viewed]

© World Bank20 May 2009: The World Bank approved a loan of US$80 million to fund the utilization of coal bed methane (CBM) and coal mine methane (CMM) as substitutes to coal in China.

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