IPY Report: September 2008 [viewed]

IPY Report: September 2008 September 2008: The September issue of the International Polar Year (IPY) report has been released.

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PolarCLIMATE Calls for Proposals [viewed]

September 2008: The EUROPOLAR ERA-NET Consortium, in

association with the European Science Foundation, has launched the first call

for pre-proposals leading to potential Joint Projects to be undertaken within

the PolarCLIMATE Programme.

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Senegal Signs First CDM Agreement with World Bank [viewed]

L-R: Samuel Amet Sarr, Minister of Energy, Senegal; Meskerem Mulatu, World Bank; and Modibo Diop, Director General, Senegalese Rural Electrification Agency (ASER)4 September 2008: The Senegalese Agency for Rural

Electrification (ASER) and the World Bank have entered into an agreement for

the provision of 1.5 million compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) to Senegal's

rural areas. The project will be carried out as a Clean Development Mechanism

(CDM) programme of activities, and is Senegal's first CDM project.

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UNEP Uses Google Earth to Allow People to See Climate Change's Effects [viewed]

UNEP uses Google Earth to Put You in the Cockpit of New Eco-Monitoring Service 4 September 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has

developed a new service that utilizes Google Earth to enable people to see the

effects of climate change and other environmental hotspots.

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IPCC Session Concludes [viewed]

Twenty-Ninth Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Twentieth Anniversary of the IPCC 4 September 2008: The 29th session of the Intergovernmental

Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) convened from 31 August to 4 September 2008, in

Geneva, Switzerland, and was attended by more than 300 participants. During the

meeting, which commemorated the IPCC's 20th anniversary, the Panel elected the

new IPCC Bureau and the Bureau of the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas

Inventories (TFB), and reelected Rajendra Pachauri as the IPCC Chair.

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Guest Article #5: Africa's Climate Roadmap: From Johannesburg through Africa to Copenhagen [viewed]

“Africa's Climate Roadmap, from Johannesburg through Africa to Copenhagen” was adopted at the twelfth session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN-12), which took place from 7-12 June 2008, in Johannesburg, South Africa.  In our climate change discussions we highlighted the urgency for Africa to articulate a common position during the ongoing climate change negotiations for a strengthened international agreement beyond 2012, and to exploit the opportunity to build consensus on the complex issues of climate change and sustainable development for the benefit of the continent. Africa agreed to put forward a shared vision based on scientific evidence and broad political consensus. That shared vision would have several key elements: the future climate change regime should accommodate the priorities for Africa of sustainable development, poverty reduction and attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); increased support should be provided under the regime for capacity-building, financing and technology development and transfer for adaptation and mitigation in Africa (the means of implementation); and the agreement should result in the stabilization of emissions in the atmosphere. A deal on climate change requires a deal on development, including Africa.

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CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin Issue 5 Released [viewed]

CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin, Issue No. 5

5 September 2008: IISD Reporting Services is pleased to

announce that the newest issue of CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin is now available. To

access the fifth issue directly, click here.

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IEA Praises the EU's Climate Policy, Calls for Increased R&D Funding [viewed]

4 September 2008: In its review of EU energy policies, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has concluded that the regional grouping is a leader in climate change mitigation through its “bold and innovative” energy policies, and welcomes the European Commission's “climate and energy package” proposed in January 2008.

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New World Bank Report Highlights Africa's CDM Potential [viewed]

World Bank Carbon Finance Unit (CFU) 3 September 2008: A new World Bank report estimates that Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in sub-Saharan Africa could potentially amount to 740 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year.

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FAO Co-organized Conference Addresses Forest Adaptation and Climate Change [viewed]

Adaptation of Forests and Forest Management to Changing Climate with Emphasis on Forest Health 28 August 2008: A conference on “Adaptation of Forests and Forest Management to Changing Climate with Emphasis on Forest Health: A Review

of Science, Policies and Practices” convened from 25-28 August 2008, in Umeå,

Sweden.

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