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CCAC Prepares Communiqué for High-Level Assembly at COP 23

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 00:51
The 21st meeting of the CCAC Working Group aimed to prepare for the CCAC High Level Assembly and focus on the CCAC objective of leveraging finance at scale. It also sought to consider the draft CCAC finance strategy, discuss the proposed Pathway Approach for SLCPs to achieve sustainable development and limit the global temperature rise to under 2°C above preindustrial levels, and assess progress on metrics as a follow-up to the April 2017 Working Group meeting.

OECD Publication Explores Impacts and Trade-Offs from Land-Energy-Water Nexus

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 00:47
The report addresses the global and regional biophysical and economic consequences by 2060 of policy inaction given limited, but interlinked, land, water and energy resources. One impact reflected in all nexus scenarios is the deterioration of food and water security, which could disproportionately affect the poor. The report finds less conclusive evidence for energy security, noting that the large traded volumes of energy and the availability of alternative energy sources “imply that supply risks are fairly low.”

UNDP Co-Convenes Development Cooperation, South-South Events in New York

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 00:43
UNDP partnered with the Governments of Qatar and Uganda to promote development cooperation and South-South and triangular cooperation, at two consecutive events in New York. In his remarks, UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner drew attention to the organization's support for partnerships among countries in the global South, including through a platform for exchanging development solutions, the SSMart.

UNFCCC “Shines a Light” on Climate Projects Focused on Women, ICTs and Finance

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 00:42
A UNFCCC report highlights 13 innovative, scalable and practical projects being undertaken to combat climate change. The featured climate action projects, or Lighthouse Activities, focus on women’s leadership and participation in tackling climate change, financing for climate-friendly investment, and information and communication technologies. The report constitutes the 2016 annual report of the UNFCCC Momentum for Change initiative.

Energy News: Partnerships and Tools on Clean Energy Aim to Contribute to Multiple SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 00:25
Gold Standard has launched a label to ensure that renewable electricity purchases support multiple SDGs. UN Environment has partnered with China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group to boost district energy services. The EU Islands Forum has discussed ways to boost clean energy on islands. IRENA published guidance for clean mini-grids in SIDS. UNIDO has released a technical guide for Biomethane Production.

UNDP, ASEAN Launch MY World Survey

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 00:01
UNDP and the UN SDG Action Campaign launched a ‘MY World’ survey with ASEAN. The survey is assessing people’s level of awareness of the ASEAN Community Vision and the SDGs.

Paris Agreement Reaches 166 Ratifications

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 22:47
Since mid-February 2017, 34 countries have joined the Paris Agreement. The countries to join the treaty are: Andorra, Armenia, Belgium, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cabo Verde, Congo, Croatia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Haiti, Jamaica, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Malawi, Mauritania, Moldova, Myanmar, the Netherlands, Nigeria, the Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Serbia, Sudan, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Togo, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.

WFP Report Reveals Funding Gap in International Food Assistance

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 22:46
A report by WFP assesses the state of international food assistance against a background of current humanitarian crises and natural disasters. Funding for food assistance has more than doubled between 2009 and 2016. Nonetheless, a funding gap of almost than US$3 billion remains to address the needs of countries in crisis.

Forest Update: National Initiatives Progress Legal Timber Trade, Sustainable Forest Management

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 22:45
A series of regional and national developments highlight the importance of combating illegal logging and related trade, and developing the preconditions to promote legal timber trade and certification schemes. National entities and regional initiatives, with support from UN agencies and partners, are setting and progressing towards sustainable forest management goals and objectives.

¿Quiénes son los responsables de afrontar el cambio climático?

Climate Change Headlines - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:44
Source: Infobae - El cambio climático es probablemente el mayor desafío ambiental y social que enfrenta la humanidad, y que fue generado por el ser humano. Es un problema global que se resuelve en forma global, en donde existen muchos matices que hacen difícil el consenso entre los países respecto a las decisiones que deben tomarse. Sin embargo, todos reconocen el siguiente principio como marco de discusión: principio de responsabilidades comunes pero diferenciadas. Este principio reconoce que todos los países tienen responsabilidad común de solucionar el problema, aunque no todos en el mismo nivel y grado, ya que históricamente los países desarrollados han contaminado más a efecto de construir sus economías que aquellos que están en vías de desarrollo. Y no todos los países tienen la misma capacidad y recursos para enfrentar la problemática.

Consecuencias del cambio climático en los peces

Climate Change Headlines - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:44
Source: El tiempo - Una subida de 2°C altera la metilación del ADN y la expresión de genes claves para la supervivencia y el desarrollo. Este estudio ofrece una nueva visión sobre las consecuencias del cambio climático en los peces a través de modificaciones epigenéticas en todo el genoma

Could evaporation be the next renewable energy?

Climate Change Headlines - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:44
Source: Reuters - Wind and solar power are growing as sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels, but storing renewable energy through the night, when the sun isn’t shining, or when no wind is rotating the turbines, remains a hurdle.

Figueres: “Estados Unidos pierde competitividad saliendo del Acuerdo de París”

Climate Change Headlines - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:44
Source: EFE Verde - La ex secretaria de cambio climático de la ONU que alcanzó el Acuerdo de París y actual directora del proyecto Misión 2020, Christiana Figueres, subraya que EE.UU. "se queda rezagado y pierde competitividad" abandonando el Acuerdo de París y cediendo a otros países el liderazgo de la economía baja en carbono.

Reducir la deforestación e incrementar captura de CO2 en el suelo, una estrategia climática y de seguridad alimentaria

Climate Change Headlines - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:44
Source: El Periódico - Las políticas climáticas que se centran en la agricultura y los bosques podrían llevar al aumento de los precios de los alimentos, pero reducir la deforestación e incrementar la captura de carbono en la agricultura podría reducir significativamente las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero, evitando riesgos para la seguridad alimentaria, según un nuevo estudio publicado en 'Environmental Research Letters'.

Cómo el cambio climático puede generar nuevos pobres en Argentina

Climate Change Headlines - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:44
Source: Ámbito - A dos meses de la cumbre mundial que este año tendrá lugar en Bonn, el cambio climático volvió a irrumpir con toda su fuerza y la temperatura amenaza con convertir a 2017 en el año más caluroso desde que se tiene registro. En nuestro país, la fatídica serie de inundaciones sobre la cuenca del río Salado dejó miles de hectáreas bajo las aguas en La Pampa, el sur de Córdoba y el oeste de Buenos Aires. "El cambio climático está afectando y afectará el desarrollo de los países y Argentina es una de las economías emergentes más vulnerables", alertaron especialistas del Banco Mundial.

"Smart farmers" adjust to challenges of climate change

Climate Change Headlines - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:44
Source: The Irish Times - Harold Kingston, who runs a dairy farm in Courtmacsharry, Co Cork, with 160 cattle, is typical of the new generation of smart farmers, who have adjusted how they work in response to climate change.

Poll: Majority Says Climate Change Responsible For Severity of Hurricanes

Climate Change Headlines - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:44
Source: The Weather Channel - A majority of Americans say they believe climate change contributed to the severity of the hurricanes that devastated Florida, Texas and parts of the Caribbean over the past six weeks, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Europa aprueba 222 millones de euros para proyectos de medio ambiente y acción por el clima

Climate Change Headlines - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:44
Source: Retema - La Comisión Europea ha aprobado un conjunto de inversiones por valor de 222 millones de euros procedentes del presupuesto de la UE para facilitar la transición de Europa hacia un futuro más sostenible e hipocarbónico en el marco del programa LIFE de medio ambiente y acción por el clima. La financiación de la UE movilizará inversiones adicionales con las que se llegará a un total de 379 millones de euros destinados a 139 nuevos proyectos en 20 Estados miembros.

Report Suggests Ways to Offset Economic Damage of Climate Change

Climate Change Headlines - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:44
Source: Public News Service - Economists warn that the costs of climate change in the U.S. – including from the health impacts of air pollution and natural disasters such as hurricanes and wildfires – could top $350 billion annually in the next 10 years.

China delays auto carbon trading scheme

Climate Change Headlines - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 20:59
Source: Financial Times - Beijing under pressure from carmakers who say they need more time to comply