JI Project Obtains First Final Verification [viewed]

1 December 2008: The determination of the emission reductions achieved by the “Utilization of Coal Mine Methane at the Coal Mine named after A.F. Zasyadko” Joint Implementation (JI) project has been deemed final. This is the first final verification pertaining to a JI project.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Announces Winners of CDM Photo Contest [viewed]

 UNFCCC/CDM International Photo Contest 2008 1 December 2008: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced the winners of the “changing lives” photo contest, which was launched on 17 October to raise awareness of the clean development mechanism (CDM).

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ECLAC's Geothermal Energy Week Opens in Santiago [viewed]

Experts and Authorities to Analyze Opportunities for Developing Renewable Energy During Geothermal Energy Week 1 December 2008: The “Geothermal Energy Week,” which opened on 1 December 2008, is hosted by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Governments of Chile and Peru. The week will conclude on 5 December and include two main events: an international conference on the “Situation and perspectives for geothermal energy development in Latin America and the Caribbean,” to take place in Santiago, Chile; and a seminar on the potential for the development of geothermal energy in Peru, to be held in Lima, Peru.

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WMO International Polar Day to Focus on Research above the Polar Regions [viewed]

International Polar Day - Above The Poles

December 2008: The seventh quarterly International Polar Day, focusing on research above the Polar Regions, will be marked on 4 December 2008. The Day will include polar meteorology, atmospheric sciences, astronomy, and polar observations from space.

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UNCCD Invites Comments on Draft Report on Water Scarcity [viewed]

December 2008: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has invited comments on a draft report it commissioned entitled “Policies for fighting water scarcity and combating desertification.”

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UN Secretary-General: Fight Against Climate Change Part of the Solution to the Financial Crisis [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at development financing conference in Doha 29 November 2008: At the opening of the International Conference on Financing for Development to Review Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus, taking place in Doha, Qatar, from 29 November-2 December 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for “bold and effective efforts” to ensure that “today's emergency does not become tomorrow's human crisis.”

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CBD Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change Publishes Draft Findings [viewed]

28 November 2008: The first meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Biodiversity and Climate Change of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), including experts from 14 different countries, convened from 17-21 November 2008, in London, UK. The discussions focused on two main themes: the impacts of climate change on biodiversity; and biodiversity and climate change mitigation.

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OECD Releases Booklet on Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

Climate Change Mitigation: What Do We Do? 28 November 2008. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has published a booklet entitled “Climate Change Mitigation: What Do We Do?” that reviews the economics behind climate change mitigation options.

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UNDP Releases Bali Action Plan Briefing Documents [viewed]

28 November 2008: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), with financial support from the UN Foundation and the Governments of Norway, Finland and Switzerland, is providing assistance to 20 developing countries to strengthen national capacity to address climate change policy options under the UNFCCC, including investment assessment and financial flows for key sectors. As a major output of this initiative, UNDP has released Bali Action Plan Briefing documents, which are designed to provide policy makers with background information on the four Bali Action Plan building blocks – mitigation, adaptation, technology, and finance – and land use, land-use change and forestry.

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IEA Releases Report on Second Generation Biofuel Technologies [viewed]

From 1st- to 2nd-Generation Biofuel Technologies: An overview of current industry and RD&D activities 28 November 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report entitled “From 1st- to 2nd-Generation Biofuel Technologies: An overview of current industry and RD&D activities,” which outlines the technical challenges facing second generation biofuels, evaluates their costs and examines related current policies to support their development and deployment.

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