European Parliament Calls for Increasing the Global Alliance Against Climate Change's Budget [viewed]

16 September 2008: The European Parliament's Development Committee has adopted a report arguing that the budget proposed by the European Commission to help developing countries fight climate change is not enough, and suggesting that the Global Climate Change Alliance should receive at least 25% of the revenue of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Global Solution to Climate Change Crisis [viewed]

15 September 2008: Noting that media interest in climate

change issues has been fading since the release of the Intergovernmental Panel

on Climate Change's Fourth Assessment Report in November 2008, UN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the importance of cooperation among

all sectors of society to tackle this challenge.

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CBD Executive Secretary Underlines Effect of Climate Change on Biodiversity Loss [viewed]

14 September 2008: Speaking at the Sixteenth Environment

Congress for Asia and the Pacific, which took place in Nagoya, Japan, from

13-14 September 2008, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on

Biological Diversity (CBD), underscored the unprecedented rate of biodiversity

loss due to the pressures on the planet's natural functions caused by human

activity.

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EU Parliament Supports Biofuel Targets, Recommends Higher Share for Alternative Biofuels and Calls for Tighter Sustainability Criteria [viewed]

EU Parliament Supports Biofuel Targets 11 September 2008: The EU Parliament's Industry Committee decided to support the EU Commission's target to achieve a 10% share of biofuels used in road transport by 2020, while insisting that 40% of that renewable energy must come from alternative sources not competing with food production, such as electricity and hydrogen produced from renewable sources as well as “second generation” biofuels made from waste, lingo-cellulosic biomass or algae.

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IFPRI Releases Report on Monitoring and Assessing Impacts of Global Food Crises [viewed]

GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS. Monitoring and Assessing Impact to Inform Policy Responses September 2008: The International Food Policy Research

Institute (IFPRI) has released an advance copy of its report entitled ‘Global

Food Crises: Monitoring and Assessing Impact to Inform Policy Responses.'

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UNESCO: International Symposium on the Water-Energy Nexus to Convene [viewed]

September 2008: An International Symposium on ‘Resolving the Water-Energy Nexus' will be held in Paris, France, from 26-28 November 2008. The Symposium will convene within the framework of the UN Educational,

Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) International Hydrological Programme (IHP) in collaboration with UNESCO's Renewable Energy Programme, and will be organized by the non-profit association RED-Ethique.

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UN Secretary-General Rides Solar-Powered Car to UN Headquarters [viewed]

Secretary-Genetral Ban-Ki moon driven to work by Solartaxi, a fully solar powered car. UN Photo/Mark Garten 12 September 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon rode a

“Solartaxi,” a fully solar-powered car, from his home in New York to UN

Headquarters, as part of his efforts to raise awareness of climate change and

promote environmentally-friendly technologies.

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IAEA Predicts Continued Expansion of Nuclear Power in Coming Decades [viewed]

According to the IAEA´s 2008 high projection, growth in nuclear generation will match the 3.2% per year growth in overall generation. In the photo, the Dukovany Nuclear Power Plant, Czech Republic. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA) 11 September 2008: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has released the 2008 edition of ‘Energy, Electricity and Nuclear Power Estimates for the Period to 2030,' which predicts that, in line with growing global demand for energy, nuclear power will continue to expand in the coming decades.

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UNDP: Higher Food Prices Likely to Deepen Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia [viewed]

Progress in achieving MDGs under threat, new report finds 11 September 2008: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has

released the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Report 2008, which finds that

the strong and sustained progress in reducing extreme poverty achieved by the

world is being undercut by higher prices, particularly of food and oil, and the

global economic slowdown.

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CBD to Nominate Experts for Ad hoc Technical Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

11 September 2008: Ahmed Djoghlaf, Convention on Biological

Diversity (CBD) Executive Secretary, has announced that the first meeting of

the CBD Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Biodiversity and Climate

Change will convene from 17-21 November 2008, in London, UK.

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