ITTO Newsletter Examines the Competitiveness of REDD and Oil Palm [viewed]

1 February 2010:  The latest issue of the International Tropical Timber Organization's (ITTO) newsletter, Tropical Forest Update,  includes an article that questions whether payments for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) can make natural forests competitive with oil palm plantations.

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European Commission Allocates Almost €7.3 Million to Central Asia for Adaptation [viewed]

1 February 2010: The European Commission has allocated €7.295 million to help Central Asian countries reduce their vulnerability to natural disasters, raise awareness among local populations about environmental changes and provide them with tools to adapt to climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Pledges to Mobilize Support to Tackle Challenges Facing Africa [viewed]

31 January 2010: In his opening address to the 14th Ordinary Summit of the African Union (AU), which has convened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 25 January-2 February 2010, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged to mobilize support to tackle the critical challenges threatening peace and prosperity across Africa, including climate change.

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World Economic Forum Addresses Multiple Facets of Climate Change [viewed]

31 January 2010: Climate change was the topic of several of the events held at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, which took place in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, from 27-31 January 2010.

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FAO's Silva Mediterranea Newsletter Focuses on Forest Genetic Resources for Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

31 January 2010: Silva Mediterranea, a statutory body of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that provides a forum for discussion on forestry issues in Mediterranean countries, has released its second newsletter. This issue focuses on forest genetic resources as a key issue for adaptation of Mediterranean forests to climate change.

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ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee Addresses Impact of Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

29 January 2010: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) convened, in cooperation with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the 42nd session of the ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee.

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WHO to Celebrate World Health Day by Focusing on Urbanization and Health [viewed]

28 January 2010: The World Health Organization (WHO) will celebrate World Health Day on 7 April 2010, focusing on urbanization and health.

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EU Joins the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) [viewed]

26 January 2010: At a ceremony held at International Energy Agency headquarters in Paris, France, the EU acceded to the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC).

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UNFCCC Publishes Clarification on Legal Character of the Copenhagen Accord [viewed]

25 January 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a notification to parties (DBO/drl) regarding an earlier notification dated 18 January 2010 (YDB/ DBO/drl) on communication of information relating to the Copenhagen Accord.

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IEA Hosts Second Meeting of CCS Regulators Network [viewed]

21 January 2010: The second carbon capture and storage (CCS) Regulators Network Meeting took place at International Energy Agency  (IEA) offices in Paris, France, from 20-21 January 2010.

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