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Hundreds of Australian climate change scientists to be struck off

  Hundreds of Australian climate change scientists to be struck off
2:04pm - 10 February 2016

The worrying move has resulted from the Australian government’s opinion that they have already learnt everything.

Oceania, Carbon Reduction, Policy

Private Sector Invited to Showcase Sustainable Solutions at the World’s Premier Environment Meeting

  Private Sector Invited to Showcase Sustainable Solutions at the World’s Premier Environment Meeting
3:06pm - 10 February 2016

Climate Action’s latest videographic explores the opportunities available to businesses at the Sustainable Innovation Expo, held during at 2nd biennial UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), which will welcome up to 25 organisations to present their solutions for driving equitable, low carbon growth.

Worldwide, Policy, Tech. & Innovation

UN aviation body to address new emission rules rift

  UN aviation body to address new emission rules rift
9:48am - 10 February 2016

The new set of standards on aircraft emissions could impact the larger planes built by the likes of Boeing and Airbus.

Worldwide, Featured, Policy, Transport
🎤CLIMATE INTERVIEWS
  Sustainability in the automobile industry

Sustainability in the automobile industry

Europe, Smart Cities, Transport

Climate Action spoke to Erik Jonnaert, Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA), about sustainability and emissions reduction in the automobile industry.

🎤PRESS RELEASES
  Low Carbon Innovation for Africa – A Survey: Help us to Identify Sustainable Solutions for Africa

Low Carbon Innovation for Africa – A Survey: Help us to Identify Sustainable Solutions for Africa

Africa, Agriculture, Carbon Reduction, Policy, Sustainable Energy, Tech. & Innovation

Climate Action needs your help in identifying the leading low carbon solutions being deployed across Africa

🎤CLIMATE LEADER PAPERS
  Terri Wills

Green building in Africa: reinventing growth

by Terri Wills
World Green Building Council
  Achim Steiner

Climate Action for COP21

by Achim Steiner
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  Adnan Z Amin

Renewable energy on islands: a pathway to prosperity

by Adnan Z Amin
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  Tine Sundtoft

Giving living forests an economic value

by Tine Sundtoft
Ministry of Climate and Environment, Norway
EDITOR'S PICKS
  Fracking linked to Californian earthquakes

Fracking linked to Californian earthquakes

North America, Carbon Reduction, Sustainable Energy

The process of injecting wastewater from fracking sites has been linked to earthquakes in California in a new study.

  Sustainable momentum at Avery Dennison

Sustainable momentum at Avery Dennison

Worldwide, Carbon Reduction, COP 21, Tech. & Innovation

Climate Action spoke to Dean Scarborough, Chairman and CEO at Avery Dennison, about the company's approach to sustainability and the low-carbon solutions the company will be offering at COP21 in Paris in December

  A Danish solution to a global challenge?

A Danish solution to a global challenge?

Europe, Worldwide, Agriculture, Carbon Reduction, COP 21, Policy, Sustainable Energy

Lars Christian Lilleholt, Minister for Energy, Utilities, and Climate, Denmark

CLIMATE ACTION UNEP PUBLICATION

Climate Action and UNEP have launched the ninth edition of Climate Action for COP21 - read and download the new edition here

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  • ADB Provides $400 Million to Support Philippines CCT Program

    ADB has approved a $400 million loan to help the Philippines further expand its flagship conditional cash transfer program, which provides regular health and education grants to millions of the country’s poorest households.

    President Nakao Signs Partnership Framework with Australia

    ADB President Takehiko Nakao today signed a new framework for cooperation to reinforce ADB’s partnership with Australia to reduce poverty and achieve inclusive and sustainable economic growth in Asia and the Pacific.

    ADB, IFC to Help Extend Mobile Telecom Services Across Myanmar

    ABD and IFC are providing loans of $300 million to Ooredoo Myanmar for the rollout of a mobile telecommunication network across Myanmar. 

    New ADB Cambodia Country Director Assumes Office

    ADB has appointed a new Country Director for Cambodia, Samiuela T. Tukuafu. A Tongan national, Mr. Tukuafu officially started in this post on 1 February, 2016.

    ADB Supports Disaster Risk Management, Financial Inclusion Projects

    ADB nd the governments of Thailand and Japan launched two projects which will help Thailand strengthen community-based disaster risk management, and support efforts to enhance financial inclusion in low income communities.

  • Publication: The context of natural forest management and FSC certification in Brazil

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    Publication: Agrarian change in tropical landscapes

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    Register now: Asia-Pacific Forestry Week

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    Highlights of 2015: Social impacts of oil palm in Indonesia: A gendered perspective from West Kalimantan

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    Publication: Power, policy and the Prunus africana bark trade, 1972-2015

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  • EIB, the EU Bank, strengthens support for economic growth and competitiveness in Romania

    Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), will visit Romania later today to discuss the European Investment Bank’s engagement in the country and explore opportunities to provide greater support for long-term investment to accelerate economic development in Romania and improve the quality of life of the country’s citizens. In his first visit to the country since the new government took office in November 2015, EIB President Werner Hoyer will meet the Romanian President Kla...

    La BEI et la Caisse des Dépôts financent l’Université de Lyon à hauteur de 230 M€

    Ambroise Fayolle, Vice-Président de la Banque européenne d’investissement (BEI) et Odile Renaud-Basso, Directrice générale adjointe, directrice des Fonds d'épargne de la Caisse des Dépôts, annoncent leur financement conjoint d’un montant global de 230 M€ pour financer les travaux de réhabilitation énergétique de l’opération Lyon Cité Campus, en présence de Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Ministre de l'Éducation nationale, de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche, de Gérard Collomb, Président de...

    Spain: EIB and Bankia sign EUR 500 million agreement to finance SME projects

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Bankia signed this morning a EUR 500 million loan contract designed to facilitate access to credit for SMEs and midcaps. Bankia will match the loan with a further EUR 500 million, meaning that a total of EUR 1 billion will be made available for financing Spanish businesses under this agreement. The contract was signed today by EIB Vice-President Román Escolano and Bankia’s CEO, José Ignacio Goirigolzarri. SMEs and midcaps (firms with up to 3 000 employee...

    Finland: record high support in 2015 and EUR 230m loan for Helsinki Airport expansion

    In 2015 the European Investment Bank (EIB), the EU’s long-term lending institution, fostered projects in Finland with loans totalling EUR 1.62bn – this is an all-time record high EIB commitment in Finland. Today, the EIB provided a EUR 230m loan to Finavia Corp., the Finnish airport operator, for the expansion of Helsinki Airport. This investment will enable the international hub to serve 20 million passengers by 2020. EIB Vice-President Jan Vapaavuori said, opening the press conference: “The...

    Visit to Turkey of an official EIB delegation led by Vice-President Pim van Ballekom

    A top-level European Investment Bank Group delegation, led by EIB Vice-President Pim van Ballekom , is in Ankara today and tomorrow for talks with Turkish Government representatives. The discussions are intended to further strengthen and broaden the scope of EIB Group financing in Turkey. Vice-President van Ballekom met with Mr Mehmet Şimşek, Deputy Prime Minister , Ms Fatma Güldemet Sarı , Minister of the Environment and Urbanisation , and Mr Cavit Dağdaş, Acting Treasury Undersecretary . Du...

  • The 7th International Climate & Environmental Fair

    Gwangju, Republic of Korea

    Call for Proposals for Sub-Saharan Cities: Explore Support from Covenant of Mayors

    The Covenant of Mayors is expanding beyond the wider European region, into Africa - aiming to...

    Hopes for the Second Week of COP21

    Taz - 5 December 2015

    Resilient Cities January Update

    • Registration for Resilient Cities 2016 opens February 15th • Thank you for contributing to shape...

    President Benigno S. Aquino III Supports National Launch of Compact of Mayors in Philippines

    In November 2015, in advance of COP21, the Compact of Mayors was officially launched in the...

  • Inter-American Development Bank becomes first regional development bank to join partnership to advance digital payments

    Inter-American Development Bank supports digital payments to promote financial inclusion and government savings in Latin America.

    IDB joins multilateral lenders to explore support to economic program for Suriname

    IDB joins multilateral lenders to explore economic support program to help Suriname meet the challenges it is currently facing.

    Peru to expand access to financing for small producers at the base of the pyramid

    IDB approves loan of $5 million to benefit small rural producers in Peru.

    IDB closed 2015 with $11.3 billion in financing approvals

    IDB approved loans and guarantees totaling $11.3 billion to borrowing countries in Latin America and Caribbean during 2015.

    IDB supports climate change adaptation program for Buccoo Reef, Tobago

    IDB grant of $500,000 for climate change adaptation on Buccoo Reef in Tobago

  • Watershed Indicators: The challenge of consistency

    Across Canada, different levels of government (federal, provincial, municipal, First Nations), non-governmental organizations, academics, citizen science groups and other stakeholders collect data related to watersheds and their health.

    Not only are environmental data (e.g., water quality, biodiversity) relevant to watershed health, but so too are data on social and economic measurements (e.g., human health, economic activities).

    While a significant amount of data exists, shaping it into indicator frameworks to help measure and guide watershed management poses particular challenges. Foremost among these challenges is the fact that watersheds often cross borders. Not only do many cross municipal, provincial or territorial boundaries, a large number are also international watersheds. With this fragmentation of jurisdictions and wide range of stakeholders collecting data, there are often differences in data types and collection methods. This variation poses a challenge in getting a coherent picture of the entire watershed. When using different indicator sets within the same watershed, how can watershed managers and decision-makers ensure they are getting an accurate picture and comparing “apples to apples”?

    In 2014–2015, with support from Environment Canada, the Canadian Sustainability Indicators Network (CSIN) explored the question of watershed indicator consistency and coherency across Canada and between Canada and the United States.

    The ultimate goal was to advance understanding of indicator consistency between and among regions of Canada and to create a strengthened umbrella forum for organizations working on sustainability indicators at the local, regional and national levels. It is anticipated that the lessons learned about consistency and coherency in indicators can be transposed to non-watershed topics, as fragmentation of jurisdictions and differences in data collection techniques are hardly unique to watersheds.

    Publication Year: 
    2015

    Sustainability Impacts of Chinese Outward Direct Investment: A review of the literature

    Outward direct investment (ODI) by the People’s Republic of China has grown very rapidly since 2004, and in 2014, China’s ODI flows attained USD 123.1 billion.

    The past decade has witnessed remarkable growth in Chinese outward investments, and there is a growing number of academic studies, policy papers and media reports discussing the operations and impacts of Chinese companies overseas. This literature review aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of the sustainable impact of Chinese outward investments. The specific objectives of this literature review are:

    1. Providing a balanced view of the current state of knowledge of the sustainable development impact of Chinese ODI.
    2. Providing an overview of the diverse perspectives and concerns relevant to Chinese policy-makers and companies “going out.”
    3. Providing insights into the Chinese policy and business strategy measures that would improve outcomes and address concerns.
    4. Providing direction on further avenues for research and possible future collaboration.

    In this review exercise, 384 papers were collected, including 262 in English, 83 in Chinese and 39 in Spanish, based on an inventory of the available research drawing on academic databases, think tanks and international organizations, and a search of non-governmental organizations’ reports, private sector reports and newspaper articles.

    Publication Year: 
    2016

    Canada in the Post-2015 World (French recording)

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    IISD in collaboration with the International Development Research Centre were pleased to host a half-day panel to discuss the implications of the Paris Climate Change Conference and the SDGs for Canada and the international community.

    Here is a recording of the event in French.

    Click here for more information about the event.

    Canada in the Post-2015 World (English recording)

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    IISD in collaboration with the International Development Research Centre were pleased to host a half-day panel to discuss the implications of the Paris Climate Change Conference and the SDGs for Canada and the international community.

    Here is a recording of the event in English.

    Click here for more information about the event.

    Webinar: Fiscal Instruments and Energy Subsidies within Nationally Determined Contributions

    Join us for this webinar on February 16, 2016 at 10:00 am (CET), 2:30 pm (IST), 4:00 pm (WIB).

    Following the success of the agreement of UNFCCC talks in Paris it is clear that the urgent and early effort to reform government subsidies to fossil fuels can be considered alongside other energy carbon mitigation actions that countries have at their disposal through the use of economic instruments. 68 countries recognised the role of economic instruments within their NDCs, with 13 including fossil fuel subsidy reform. The removal of energy subsidies to fossil fuels is estimated to lead to emission reductions of USD 93 per tonne of CO2.

    This webinar enables participants to:

    • understand the process of fuel tax reforms and links to sustainable development and climate resilient energy systems;
    • understand how countries have practically incorporated this within their INDC based on previous or planned policy changes;
    • learn more about existing models available to assess the removal of government subsidies to consumers and producers of fossil fuels on emissions baselines and intensities;
    • the next steps for technical support regarding monitoring, reporting and verification from changes in economic instruments for climate mitigation outcome; and
    • discuss opportunities for building bankable projects.

    Speakers include:

    • Satryo Bramono Brotodiningrat, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to the UN, WTO and other International Organization
    • Ms. Inkar Kadyrzhanova, UNFCCC
    • Dr. Ivetta Gerasimchuk, Global Subsidies Initiative, IISD
    • Laura Merrill, Global Subsidies Initiative, IISD
    • Phillip Gass, IISD

    The webinar will take place on Tuesday February 16th at 10.00 Geneva, 14.30 Delhi, 16.00 Jakarta, via Webex and will last for 1.5 hours.

    To register for this webinar click here, or more information please contact Laura Merrill at lmerrill@iisd.org.

    Date: 
    Tuesday, February 16, 2016
    Location: 
    Online

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    Op Ed by IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin (originally published in Gulf News) Less than two months ago, world leaders adopted a landmark climate agreement in Paris, securing decisive global action on climate change. The 32-page agreement has two goals, to hold the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, … Continue reading From Negotiation to Action: Scaling-up Renewables Post COP21

    Sustainable Energy and Cities at WFES

    “Renewable energy and cities” was the theme of high-level meetings held on the side lines of the World Future Energy Summit. These thematic meetings discussed priorities for a New Urban Agenda and developed policy recommendations in advance of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). The event resulted in thematic … Continue reading Sustainable Energy and Cities at WFES

    Scaling up Renewable Energy in the GCC

    According to a report released today by IRENA, scaling up renewable energy in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries would reap multiple benefits. Renewable Energy Market Analysis: The GCC Region, finds that GCC countries could save 11 trillion litres of water withdrawal (a 16 per cent decrease), save 400 million barrels of oil in power … Continue reading Scaling up Renewable Energy in the GCC

    IRENA and Terrawatt Seek Massive Solar Scale-Up

    IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin met with Isabelle Kocher, Deputy General Manager of Engie and first Chairperson of the private sector Terrawatt Initiative, today on the sidelines of the World Future Energy Summit. The meeting took place in the presence of H.E. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates and the … Continue reading IRENA and Terrawatt Seek Massive Solar Scale-Up

    Thought Leaders Talk Renewable Energy Solutions, Innovation and Action at Fourth Annual IRENA Financial Times Event

    Over 500 leaders from government, business and civil society gathered yesterday at the headquarters of IRENA to discuss scaling up renewable energy as the cornerstone of global climate change mitigation. For the fourth consecutive year, the Financial Times-IRENA Question Time Debate provided a unique opportunity to discuss the international renewable energy agenda following the conclusion … Continue reading Thought Leaders Talk Renewable Energy Solutions, Innovation and Action at Fourth Annual IRENA Financial Times Event

  • Press release: ITU’s 2nd Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications adopts ICT strategies to reduce impact of natural disasters

    Forum recognizes the key role of information & communication technologies in preventing and mitigating disaster impact Kuwait City, 28 January 2016 – Over 500 participants from 70 countries attending ITU’s 2nd Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications: Saving Lives (GET2016, Kuwait City, 26-28...

    Press Release: Harnessing ICTs to save lives: Emergency telecommunications in disaster management

    ITU’s Second Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications opens in Kuwait City Kuwait City, 26 January 2016 – The Second Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications: Saving Lives opened today in Kuwait City, welcoming leaders from government, business, academia, non-governmental organizations and...

    Submarine comms cables for climate monitoring and disaster warning: New publications from ITU/WMO/UNESCO-IOC Joint Task Force

    A new ITU/WMO/UNESCO-IOC study has analyzed potential sources of funding for the use of submarine communications cables in ocean and climate monitoring and disaster warning, finding that the most promising sources of funding appear to be in select development banks,...

    ITU-T to develop framework for VoLTE/ViLTE interconnection

    Year 2016 kicks-off with a new, high-priority ITU-T standards initiative to broker the international agreement of a framework for the interconnection of Voice and Video over LTE (VoLTE/ViLTE)-based networks. The framework will assist in expanding industry’s offer of VoLTE/ViLTE ‘roaming’,...

    Press release: Global partners join forces at Davos to connect the unconnected by 2020

    Estimated cost of connecting next 1.5 billion is USD 450 billion Davos, 21 January 2016 – A new global dialogue focused on getting the next 1.5 billion unconnected people online was forged at a special session of the UN Broadband Commission for...

  • NRDC: Clean Power Plan Will Prevail on Legal Merits

    WASHINGTON (February 9, 2016) -- The Supreme Court today blocked implementation of President Obama's Clean Power Plan, pending litigation in the lower courts over a challenge by the coal industry.

    Obama Budget Sets Priorities to Continue Progress

    WASHINGTON (February 9, 2016) – President Obama today submitted a budget proposal that would double funding for clean energy research, create a $1.65 billion fund for infrastructure projects to lessen the impacts wrought by climate change, impose a $10-per-barrel tax on oil to help develop clean vehicles, public transit and urban planning, and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

    NRDC, Allies Urge Supreme Court to Deny Industry’s Bid to Block Carbon Pollution Limits

    WASHINGTON (February 4, 2016) -- The Natural Resources Defense Council today urged the U.S. Supreme Court to deny a coal industry request to block President Obama's Clean Power Plan, saying the industry’s assertions of irreparable harm have no substance.

    Obama’s Plan to Increase Transportation Investments also is Good for Climate

    WASHINGTON (February 4, 2016) -- President Obama in his budget proposal next week will propose increased  U.S. investments in public transit, high-speed rail and a new generation of energy-efficient cars, trucks and aircraft, to be paid for with a $10-per-barrel fee on oil that would be phased in over five years, the White House announced Thursday.

    NRDC: Flint Hearing Most Notable for Key Absences

    NEW YORK (February 3, 2016) – The U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing today to explore the Flint water crisis.  

  • Your guide to making the business case for saving energy in your building portfolio

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    Indore moves towards sustainable mobility for all

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    WBCSD launches action plan to reduce energy consumption in Jakarta’s building stock

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    New “Champions 12.3” Coalition to Inspire Action to Reduce Food Loss & Waste

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    New Global Commission to Put Business at the Centre of Sustainable Development

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  • South Africa Pledges to Peak Its Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2025

    South Africa’s newly released climate plan pledges to peak national emissions that cause climate change by 2025 and goes further than other countries on adaptation by quantifying what it will cost to adapt to climate change in light of several possible emissions scenarios. National greenhouse gas emissions will peak between 2020 and 2025, plateau for approximately a decade, and decline in absolute terms thereafter under South Africa’s plan, known as an Intended National Determined...

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    A Closer Look at Brazil’s New Climate Plan (INDC)

    This week Brazil formally submitted its climate plan, also known as its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC). The country’s INDC comes on the heels of joint climate change declarations it’s made in recent months with China, Germany and the United States, showing that the country is committed to a creating a successful international climate agreement in Paris later this year. The INDC calls for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 37 percent below 2005 levels by 2025; 43...

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    7 Big Moments from Climate Week 2015

    Even for those of us who work on climate change every day, last week was one of the most inspiring events in a long time. From the Pope’s messages to renewed business engagement to major countries throwing their support behind action, the sense of momentum was striking. With the Paris climate summit only two months away, leaders harnessed the opportunity to raise their voices and make it known that business, the public, governments, faith groups and civil society are taking climate action to...

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    Setting the Bar for Success at the Paris Climate Summit

    This December, negotiators from nearly 200 countries will convene in Paris with the aim of forging a legally-binding international climate agreement. The new pact will incorporate more ambitious national commitments to address climate change than ever before. What is the proper yardstick for measuring success in Paris? Is it whether country leaders agree to a new global pact, or does success hinge on whether country commitments will limit global warming to under 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F)?...

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    US-China Climate Change Announcement Signals New Phase for Global Action

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