IEA Reports: China Becomes the World's Largest Energy Consumer [viewed]

20 July 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has announced that China's energy consumption has surpassed that of the US sooner than expected, and is now the highest in the world.

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UNEP Opens Applications for SEED Awards [viewed]

20 July 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the opening of applications for the 2010 SEED Awards. The annual competition, run by the SEED Initiative, which is hosted by UNEP, aims to identify and help develop the most promising social and environmental start-ups in emerging and developing countries.

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CGIAR's Climate Change Programme Opens Call for Methodology Proposals [viewed]

July 2010: The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Challenge Programme (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has opened a call for methodological proposals.

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Event: IRENA: Fourth Session of the Preparatory Commission [viewed]

This meeting will be the fourth and final session of the International Renewable Energy Agency's (IRENA) Preparatory Commission. IRENA became a fully-fledged international organization on 8 July 2010, with the 25th ratification of its statute. The agenda will include: the nomination of a second interim Director General to replace departing interim Director General, Hélène Pelosse; propositions for the 2011 Work Programme and its budget (currently assumed to be about US$ 18 million for 2011); more closely defining its permanent institutions; the planning of the first General Assembly; and presentations of winner of the “Solar for all” design competition.  

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UNDP Publishes Guidebook on Gender and Community-Based Adaptation [viewed]

July 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a guidebook titled "Gender, Climate Change, and Community-Based Adaptation," which aims to ensure that community-based adaptation projects contribute to the achievement of gender equality and women's empowerment by integrating a gendered perspective into programming and project design.

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World Bank Publishes Report on Transport-Related Emissions in Chinese Cities [viewed]

22 July 2010: The World Bank has published a working paper titled "Urban Transport and CO2 emissions: Some evidence from Chinese cities" that seeks to establish a baseline for carbon dioxide transport-related emissions in China.

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Renewables Initiatives Announced at Clean Energy Ministerial [viewed]

21 July 2010: Ministers and industry leaders from 24 countries representing over 80% of the world's energy and a similar percentage of the world's market for clean energy technologies met in Washington DC, US, on 19-20 July 2010, to participate in the first Clean Energy Ministerial.

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WMO Commission for Agriculture Addresses Improved Climate Services [viewed]

21 July 2010: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Commission for Agricultural Meteorology held its 15th session from 15-21 July 2010, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

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FAO/UN-REDD Draft Protocol on Terrestrial Carbon Open for Review [viewed]

21 July 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), as part of the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD Programme), is developing a project to systematically analyze literature on methods used to measure and assess terrestrial carbon stocks, using an evidence-based approach.

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CDM Executive Board Launches Call for Public Inputs on Draft Methodology [viewed]

21 July 2010: The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has launched a call for public inputs on the draft methodology “Consolidated methodology for electricity and heat generation from biomass residues” prepared by the CDM Methodologies Panel.

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