Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas Launches Clearinghouse Newsletter [viewed]

April 2011: The Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) released the first issue of the ECPA Clearinghouse Newsletter. The newsletter marks the first anniversary of the 2010 Energy and Climate Ministerial of the Americas, held under the auspices of the US Department of Energy, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Organization of American States (OAS), which established the ECPA.

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European Commission Issues Guidance on Carbon Capture and Storage [viewed]

31 March 2011: The European Commission has issued four guidance documents to support coherent implementation of the EU Directive on carbon capture and storage (CCS Directive).

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EU Introduces Carbon Dioxide Emission Limits for Light Vans [viewed]

31 March 2011: The Council of the EU has adopted the first CO2 emission standards for small vans in the EU, introducing a limit of 175g CO2/km for the average CO2 emissions from light commercial vehicles registered in the EU.

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Event: Understanding the Potential Economic Impact of Climate Change in the Caribbean - Policy Implications [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean's (ECLAC) office for the Caribbean in Port-of-Spain will hold this meeting to discuss the policy implications of the economic impacts identified through ECLAC's Review of the Economics of Climate Change (RECC) project for Caribbean island nations.  

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Event: ECLAC Meeting on the Review of the Economics of Climate Change in the Caribbean [viewed]

The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean will be hosting a meeting of the High Level Advisory Committee for a regional project on the Review of the Economics of Climate Change in the Caribbean. The project aims to assess climate change impacts on key sectors of Caribbean economies by simulation modelling analyses under different socio-economic scenarios and carbon emission trajectories.  

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Event: Regional Forum on Rural Development, Climate Change, Biodiversity and Desertification [viewed]

This Ministerial-level forum is organized by the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD), Central American Agricultural Council (CAC) and Council of Health Ministers of Central America (COMISCA). Under the theme "Contributing to the Region's Security and Governability Faced with Climate Change," the Forum will examine progress and identify priority actions and mechanisms for inter-institutional coordination and social participation at the national and regional levels on climate change adaptation and mitigation in the context of the implementation of the Central American Integration System's (SICA) Agro-environmental and Health Regional Strategy (ERAS), and in line with the region's commitments derived from the Conventions on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Biological Diversity (CBD) and Desertification (UNCCD). Also during this Forum, CCAD's Technical Committee on Climate Change will meet to discuss next steps in the region's cooperation on climate change.  

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UNFCCC Climate Change Meeting Opens in Bangkok [viewed]

5 April 2011: The first part of the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14) and the 16th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 16) have opened in Bangkok, Thailand.

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IRENA PrepCom Selects Adnan Amin as Director-General Designate [viewed]

4 April 2011: The Preparatory Commission for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) held its fifth and final session on 3 April, during which it discussed provisional rules of procedure, staff and financial matters, host country agreements, and work programme and budget, among other agenda items.

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World Bank Launches e-Atlas of Global Development [viewed]

4 April 2011: The World Bank has launched an e-Atlas, which provides an interactive tool that maps and graphs more than 175 indicators from the World Bank's development database, including CO2 emissions, energy use, freshwater use, forest areas, marine protected areas and resource depletion.

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UN Secretary-General Visits UNEP and GEF Assisted Geothermal Project in Kenya [viewed]

2 April 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the Joint Geophysical Imaging (JGI) for the Geothermal Reservoir Assessment Project in Olkaria, Kenya, to witness the development of geothermal energy in Kenya's Rift Valley.

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