Kyoto Protocol Committee Considers Compliance of Ukraine, Lithuania, Canada and Italy [viewed]

20 October 2011: The reports of the ninth meeting of the plenary of the Kyoto Protocol Compliance Committee, the fifteenth meeting of the Compliance Committee enforcement branch and the tenth meeting of the Compliance Committee facilitative branch are now available. The enforcement and facilitative branches held their fifteenth and tenth meetings, respectively, from 11-12 October 2011, and the plenary held its ninth meeting on 13th October 2011, in Bonn, Germany.

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CIMMYT Introduces Climate-Resilient Crops in Ethiopia and China [viewed]

October 2011: The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) has reported on the release of new wheat and maize varieties that are resistant to disease and adapted to climate change in China and Ethiopia.

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Event: CIF SREP Pilot Countries Meeting [viewed]

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program (SREP) will hold a meeting of its pilot countries, to evaluate progress and discuss tasks ahead. Pilot countries taking part in SREP are: Ethiopia, Honduras, Kenya, Maldives, Mali and Nepal.  

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Guest Article #68: The Importance of Standards for Green ICT…and the World [viewed]

Nothing defines our era more than Information and Communication Technology (ICT). It is central to every facet of modern life and yet, despite its all-encompassing application, remains on the fringes of debates concerning climate change and sustainable development. ITU, however, remains committed to its view that ICT has an essential role to play in efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. 

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Climate Research Conference Considers Human Impacts [viewed]

28 October 2011: The World Climate Research Programme's (WCRP) Open Science Conference brought together over 1900 scientists from 86 countries to share research on the impacts of rising temperatures on polar regions, glaciers, ice caps and the oceans.

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UN Launches Flash Appeals to Address Flooding in Central America [viewed]

28 October 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that the UN has launched two flash appeals to provide emergency assistance to the Central American countries of Nicaragua and El Salvador. Both countries are facing the highest rainfall in 50 years, due to Tropical Depression 12-E.

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GEO-Carbon Conference Considers Best Practices for Monitoring Carbon Fluxes [viewed]

FAO27 October 2011: The GEO-Carbon Conference, titled "Carbon in a Changing World," aimed to present scientific progress and identify gaps in obtaining policy-relevant estimates of regional carbon budgets on land and ocean. The event also focused on the building and implementation of a Global Carbon Observing System for land, oceans and atmosphere.

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UNFCCC Publishes Views on Reforestation of Lands with Forest in Exhaustion [viewed]

27 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a document containing a synthesis of parties' views on the implications of the inclusion of reforestation of lands with forest in exhaustion as afforestation and reforestation (A/R) Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project activities (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/INF.15).

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Study for UNEP Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles Identifies Multi-Trillion Dollar Benefits [viewed]

27 October 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) has announced a new study titled the “Global Benefits of Phasing Out Leaded Fuel.” The results of the study were outlined at the PCFV Global Partnership Meeting, which convened from 26-27 October 2011, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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World Bank Supports Large-Scale Renewable Electricity Generation in South Africa [viewed]

World Bank27 October 2011: The World Bank approved a US$250 million loan for South Africa to help implement utility-scale, concentrated solar power and wind power plants for electricity generation.

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