IEA Releases India Energy Outlook [viewed]

IEA27 November 2015: India is poised to demand more new energy over the next 25 years than any other country, according to a World Energy Outlook (WEO) Special Report by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The report, titled ‘India Energy Outlook,' finds that 600 million new electricity consumers will be added in the country by 2040, requiring more than US$140 billion in energy supply and energy efficiency investments annually.

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PROFOR Investigates How Forests Enhance Climate Resilience of Drinking Water Supply [viewed]

PROFOR24 November 2015: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) has issued a case study demonstrating how forest preservation and restoration can enhance the climate change resilience of drinking water supplies, focusing on Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Issued as a PROFOR Working Paper, the case study was produced in collaboration with the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) of the CIGAR Consortium.

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FAO Issues Summary Report on Economics of Climate Change Mitigation Options in the Forest Sector [viewed]

fao_headquartersDecember 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has issued a publication containing key messages from the February 2015 International Online Conference on the 'Economics of Climate Change Mitigation Options in the Forest Sector.' The report addresses afforestation and reforestation, reduced deforestation and degradation, changing forest management practices, wood energy, green building and sustainable packaging.

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Paris Climate Change Conference Opens with Financial Pledges at Leaders Event [viewed]

iisdrs_cop2130 November 2015: Heads of State and Government attending the Leaders Event on the first day of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 21) addressed, inter alia: the inclusion of gender for ensuring climate justice; the importance of differentiation; the legal form of the agreement; the periodicity of the review process; transparency and accountability rules; whether or not to anchor loss and damage in a permanent mechanism; the role of natural capital accounting; the link between climate change and development; balancing mitigation and adaptation finance; technology transfer in providing mitigation support; and the need to address the degradation of forests, desertification, and biodiversity loss.

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Donors Pledge US$248 Million to LDC Fund [viewed]

Global Environment Facility (GEF)30 November 2015: At the opening of the Paris Climate Change Conference, eleven donor countries made pledges totaling US$248 million to the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to continue financing actions to reduce vulnerability in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and enable climate-resilient sustainable development and livelihoods.

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UNFCCC Report Identifies Ways to Realize Mitigation Potential [viewed]

UNFCCC30 November 2015: The UNFCCC has published a report outlining policies, initiatives and actions that could be scaled up and replicated by countries to realize significant mitigation potential in the pre-2020 period. Together, the report, titled ‘Climate Action Now: Summary for Policymakers 2015,' and a dedicated website, Climate Action 2020, aim to highlight the potential for greater climate action and ambition before 2020.

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International Resource Panel Releases 10 Key Messages for COP 21 [viewed]

irep_unep30 November 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) International Resource Panel (IRP) has released a note, titled 'Ten Messages on Climate Change,' emphasizing the need for a whole-system approach to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, building on the decoupling of economic growth from resource use and degradation.

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MDBs Issue Joint Statement on Increasing Climate Investments [viewed]

mdb30 November 2015: The heads of the multilateral development banks (MDBs) released a joint statement to work together to increase climate investments and to “consider climate change across our strategies, programs, and operations to deliver more sustainable results, with a particular focus on the poor and most vulnerable.” The MDBs released their statement on the sidelines of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC.

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Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform Communiqué Presented to UNFCCC [viewed]

UNFCCC30 November 2015: At the opening of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, New Zealand's Prime Minster John Key presented the Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform Communiqué to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christina Figueres. The Communiqué, which calls on the international community to increase efforts to phase out subsidies for fossil fuel production and use, was endorsed by 40 governments and more than 100 businesses and international organizations.

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Transformative Carbon Asset Facility to Provide Financial Incentives to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

world_bank_new30 November 2015: Germany, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland announced a US$500 million initiative to help developing countries tackle climate change by transitioning to carbon-pricing mechanisms. The Transformative Carbon Asset Facility (TCAF) will help developing countries implement plans to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by providing them with results-based payments for large scale programs in areas such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, low carbon cities and solid waste management.

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