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Event: Conference on the Global Pact for the Environment

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 01:59
The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), and Laurent Fabius, President of the Constitutional Council of the French Republic, will host this one-day conference to discuss the draft for a Global Pact for the Environment. In its November 2015 report titled, 'Increasing the Effectiveness of International Environmental Law: Duties of States, Rights of Individuals,' the Environmental Commission of Le Club des Juristes (CDJ) proposed the adoption of a Global Pact for the Environment to serve as a binding, universal “umbrella text” synthesizing the principles outlined in the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, the Earth Charter, the World Charter for Nature, and other instruments shaping environmental governance. Subsequently, a draft pact was developed and presented to an event in Paris in June 2017, during which French President Emmanuel Macron promised to present the draft to the UN in September.

El mercado: herramienta para reducir emisiones de GEI

Climate Change Headlines - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 07:54
Source: Animal Político - Implementar un Sistema de Comercio de Emisiones posicionaría a México como la primera economía en desarrollo en considerar al mercado como una herramienta para lograr un desarrollo de bajo carbono y el crecimiento del Producto Interno Bruto.

La Reserva de la Biosfera La Palma hará un seguimiento de los indicadores del cambio climático en el ecosistema insular

Climate Change Headlines - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 07:54
Source: La Palma Ahora - Ha presentado un proyecto a la Fundación Biodiversidad que pretende asimismo generar material divulgativo que logre una mayor conciencia y sensibilidad de la ciudadanía respecto a este fenómeno.

WWF pide un consumo de energía responsable ante el calor y visitar su web 'eurotopten' de electrodomésticos eficientes

Climate Change Headlines - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 07:54
Source: Europa Press - La organización WWF ha pedido un consumo responsable ante la subida de las temperaturas y ha recomendado visitar su web, en la que aconsejan a los consumidores sobre los equipos electrónicos "más eficientes", con el objetivo de reducir las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero (GEI), que aceleran el cambio climático, según ha informado la ONG.

Gobierno (argentino) lanza convocatoria para generar energía de fuentes renovables

Climate Change Headlines - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 07:54
Source: El Cronista - Así lo dispuso mediante una resolución publicada hoy en el Boletín Oficial. Se licitan 1200 MW, de los que un 45,83% corresponde a energía eólica, 37,5% a energía solar y 8,3% a biomasa, entre otros.

CEO of wind energy giant says it would be better if US was in Paris Agreement

Climate Change Headlines - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 07:54
Source: CNBC - At the beginning of June, President Donald Trump announced the U.S would withdraw from the Paris Agreement and commence negotiations to re-enter or renegotiate a new accord

Calls to participate in COP23 Pacific photo competition

Climate Change Headlines - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 07:54
Source: Fiji Times - THE COP23 Presidency Secretariat is once again appealing to both professional and amateur photographers alike to take part in the Pacific Photo Competition

Sweltering European summer has human fingerprints

Climate Change Headlines - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 07:54
Source: Climate Home - The chance of extremely hot days, such as have been seen across southern Europe this summer has been “greatly increased” by climate change

La culture du café menacée par le réchauffement climatique

Climate Change Headlines - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 07:54
Source: Les Echos - L'offre de café, inférieure à sa demande depuis deux ans, est gravement menacée. Et la consommation ne cesse d'augmenter

Réchauffement climatique : le monde s'enflamme

Climate Change Headlines - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 07:54
Source: France 2 - Des nuages de fumée, des forêts calcinées, nous sommes en Colombie britannique, à l'ouest du Canada.

Asian Development Bank finds new climate finance stream

Climate Change Headlines - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 07:54
Source: UPI - Regional lender teams up with the multilateral Green Climate Fund to facilitate sustainable development.

Guest Article: Harmonisation, Participation and Coherence are Key to Realising the 2030 Agenda

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 23:37
Two challenges – overlapping reporting requirements and less than universal compliance with human rights obligations – could be addressed by involving civil society more meaningfully in substantive processes. Furthermore, it is essential that positions on human rights matters that are taken at the UN Human Rights Council are followed up at the UN General Assembly and, most importantly, are implemented at the local level.

Guest Article: Global Goals Indicators: The Challenge of Ensuring No One is Left Uncounted in Canada

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 23:10
Using aggregate, internationally reported statistics, Canada is ranked 17th out of 157 countries on the 2017 SDG Index, suggesting that Canada is uniformly on track to achieve the ambitious SDGs. Recognizing that the progress reported at the national scale is far from true for all living within Canada, metrics must be formed based not only on aggregated quantitative data, but community-level, qualitative findings premised on reciprocal listening and learning.

Cities Continue to Lead on Climate Action

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 23:09
Former Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Margaret Chan and UN Environment (UNEP) Executive Director Erik Solheim published an op-ed titled, ‘The Asian cities battling the worst air pollution are doing the most to combat it’. Orlando established a goal of moving to 100% renewables by 2050. Nevada City passed a resolution ensuring that the city’s electricity originates entirely from renewable sources by 2030 and that all energy sources are renewable by 2050.

South Australia Commissions Solar Thermal Power Plant for Baseload Energy Supply

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 23:00
The Government of South Australia has commissioned two innovative energy projects to procure all its energy needs from renewable sources. A thermal solar power plant with integrated heat storage will deliver 150MW of baseload electricity. A lithium-ion grid storage battery will stabilize energy supply from an existing wind farm.

UNECE Drafts Guidance for Classification of Resources to Boost SDG 12 Implementation

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 22:55
Human production and consumption activities produce large amounts of residual materials that could provide additional energy or raw materials for other processes. Currently many of these materials are classified as waste, making it difficult to use them for other purposes. UNECE has developed specifications to reclassify such materials as anthropogenic (human-made) resources to facilitate their re-use and recycling.

UNIDO Releases Vienna Energy Forum Report, Participates in Future Energy Forum

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 22:47
The report summarizes and events of the fifth edition of the Vienna Energy Forum, which explored the inter-linkages between energy, the SDGs and the Paris Agreement on climate change. The Conference titled, 'Energy for All,' of the Future Energy Forum discussed actions and experiences of countries and organizations in achieving access to sustainable energy for all.

Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: LEG Collaborates with Partners on Work Programme Implementation, UNISDR Identifies Climate Change as Key Driver of Disasters

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 22:42
The LEG convened for its 32nd meeting in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, from 7-10 August 2017. At the meeting, the LEG reviewed the implementation of its work programme for 2017-2018. UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for DRR Robert Glasser published an article outlining the results of a research paper titled ‘Increasing risk over time of weather-related hazards to the European population: a data-driven prognostic study’.

Governments Finalize Draft Declaration on Ethical Principles in Relation to Climate Change

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 22:39
An intergovernmental meeting responsible for finalizing a draft declaration of ethical principles in relation to climate change took place in Paris, France, from 27-30 July 2017. UNESCO member States are expected to adopt the declaration and proclaim the principles reflected therein at the 39th session of the UNESCO General Conference, taking place in Paris from 30 October to 14 November 2017.

Doha Amendment Reaches 80 Ratifications

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 22:35
India, Serbia, Malawi, Malaysia, Armenia, Cuba, Burkina Faso, Australia, the Gambia, and Saint Kitts and Nevis accepted the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol since 23 September 2016. The Doha Amendment was adopted at CMP 8, which took place in Doha, Qatar, from 26 November to 8 December 2012.