UNEP's Global Green New Deal Gains Momentum with Investments from Japan and South Korea [viewed]

 Japan and the Republic of Korea Launch Green New Deals

9 January 2009: In an effort to spur economic growth, Japan and the Republic of Korea have both announced plans to invest billions of dollars in green projects. Speaking about the countries' plans, Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), noted that investments in clean technologies and renewable energy infrastructure can “counter recession and unemployment” and lay the basis for more sustainable economic growth in the 21st century.

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UNEP Champion of the Earth Prince Albert II Begins Antarctic Expedition [viewed]

 Prince Albert II Visits Antarctica to Assess the Effects of Global Warming 9 January 2009: Prince Albert II of Monaco has begun a month-long visit to Antarctica to assess the impact and raise awareness of climate change.

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UNHCR Warns of Climate-Induced Displacements [viewed]

High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres addresses the Security Council

8 January 2009: In an address to the UN Security Council, António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), warned of new forms of displacement, with natural disasters on the rise due to climate change.

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World Bank Releases Guide to Mainstream Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Development Programs [viewed]

World Bank 8 January 2009: The World Bank has released a guide on “Policy and Institutional Reforms to Support Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Development Programs.” The publication offers targeted guidance on the linkages between the design of development programs and the objectives of adapting to climate change and limiting emissions of greenhouse gases.

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CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin Issue 9 Released [viewed]

CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin 6 January 2009: IISD Reporting Services is pleased to announce that the newest issue of CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin is now available.

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ITTO Plan Includes Actions on Climate Change [viewed]

ITTO Plan Includes Actions on Climate Change 6 January 2009: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has made available its Action Plan 2008-2011, adopted by the International Tropical Timber Council at its 44th Session, held in November 2008. The Action Plan elaborates a strategy for advancing ITTO's objectives, and as such, provides guidance on the Organization's overall direction in terms of both policy initiatives and project activities.

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UNEP Reports Successful Testing of Jatropha-Fuelled Flight [viewed]

Safe landing for Air New Zealand's jatropha-fuelled flight 31 December 2008: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Climate Neutral Network has reported that Air New Zealand successfully tested a new jatropha-fuelled jumbo jet. The airline said the experience demonstrated that jatropha biofuel is suitable for use in airplanes without the need for engine modifications.

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IFPRI Publishes Discussion Paper on Opportunities for Sub-Saharan Africa in Global Carbon Markets [viewed]

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) December 2008: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has published a discussion paper entitled: “Global Carbon Markets: Are There Opportunities for Sub-Saharan Africa?” The paper investigates the constraints that prevent Sub-Saharan countries from fully participating in global carbon markets and suggests policies for better integration.

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Guest Article #8: Climate change, energy and food security, economic development - in the end, it all trickles down to water [viewed]

We can be certain about one thing related to the future. The pressure on water resources will continue to increase. This is a fundamental challenge as water resources, unlike fossil fuels, are an irreplaceable natural resource for human survival. In light of climate change, and dwindling fossil fuel resources, the quest to find alternative sustainable energy sources will escalate. Eventually we will succeed, no doubt, but on the way the fundamental role of water will become even more evident, also in relation to energy security. And it is not only about hydropower – water is fundamental for cooling purposes, to grow bioenergy crops, and for storing and transporting energy.

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UNWTO Conference to Consider Economic Downturn [viewed]

UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) January 2009: The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is organizing a seminar on “World Tourism: Responding to the New Challenges in the Global Economy,” to be held on 29 January 2009, in Madrid, Spain.

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