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Tropical forests worse carbon emitters than U.S. trucks and cars: study

Climate Change Headlines - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 20:59
Source: Reuters - Tropical forests emit more carbon each year than all of the cars and trucks in the United States, scientists said on Thursday, calling for greater efforts to stem forest loss and damage.

Majority of Americans now say climate change makes hurricanes more intense

Climate Change Headlines - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 20:59
Source: Washington Post - A majority of Americans say that global climate change contributed to the severity of recent hurricanes in Florida and Texas, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Environmentalists Proclaim Great Pacific Garbage Patch a Country, Design National Identity

Climate Change Headlines - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 20:59
Source: Hyperallergic.com - Can an island of garbage become a nation? The founders of “Trash Isles” are working to realize their vision and raise awareness about this environmental scourge.

Kerala knows global warming is everyone’s business, trains leaders to fight climate change

Climate Change Headlines - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 20:59
Source: Thenewsminute.com - Kerala, which tops many development indicators in India, has broken new ground by training elected municipal and village leaders to tackle and mitigate challenges thrown up by climate change.

'New market will be eco-friendly'

Climate Change Headlines - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 20:59
Source: Fiji Times - THE new Namaka Municipal Market extension will have eco-friendly features once it's completed. A first of its kind for any municipal market accommodation centre in the country.

Climate change is going to hit the Indian economy hard

Climate Change Headlines - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 20:59
Source: Livemint - Countries located in areas with higher temperature will face disproportionate impact of global warming

Naboutini Village in Serua backs Fiji’s COP23 Presidency

Climate Change Headlines - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 20:59
Source: Fiji Sun Online - The people of Naboutini Village in Serua have shown their support for Fiji’s presidency to the COP23 conference in Bonn, Germany this November.

Discussions focus on climate-friendly tax policies

Climate Change Headlines - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 20:59
Source: Fiji Times - DISCUSSIONS at the joint meeting on Development Finance Co-operation held in Brussels of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) underscored the need for unlocking complementary finance flows from a broader range of sources to tap into available resources.

Study by scientists finds amount of methane gas produced by world’s livestock is underestimated

Climate Change Headlines - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 20:59
Source: Japan Times - Emissions of the greenhouse gas methane from livestock are larger than previously thought, posing an additional challenge in the fight to curb global warming, scientists said Friday.

Event: 2017 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 03:17
The Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, parliamentarians, private sector executives, representatives from civil society organizations (CSOs) and academics to discuss issues related to the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness. Among the event's agenda items are discussions titled: Towards 2030: Trends, Opportunities, Challenges and Policies for Inclusive Growth; The Belt & Road Initiative: Building Bonds Across Asia, Europe and Beyond; Localizing the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals; and Billions to Trillions: The Role of National Development Banks.

Guest Article: Protecting and Restoring Our Freshwater Ecosystems as Central to the SDGs: The Crux of UN Environment's New Freshwater Strategy

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 00:19
There is no doubt that water is key to sustainable development. Healthy ecosystems, rich biodiversity and appropriate legal frameworks are essential for helping us preserve the world's freshwater resources in a sustainable way – for drinking water, water for agriculture, energy and other productive uses. UN Environment's new Freshwater Strategy 2017-2021 helps embed this perspective into national development plans to achieve the SDGs and other development goals.

Event: Sustainable Energy for All Forum 2018

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 00:13
Organized by the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Partnership, this annual event provides a marketplace for leaders from government, business and civil society to discuss ideas for providing access to affordable and clean energy for all and supporting a revolution in energy productivity. The event will also feature the launch of the fourth edition of the Global Tracking Framework on trends in energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Guest Article: An Adaptive Approach to Implementing the Integrated SDG Framework in Watersheds

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 23:52
IISD's Adaptive Watershed approach draws out key elements involved with planning for ecosystem management, watershed needs and adaptation priorities as separate modules, but layers them to build a more complex understanding of the strategies that resource managers should pursue. Elements of such an integrated approach are emerging in Uganda, Ethiopia and southern Africa.

World Bank Report Warns of "Learning Crisis"

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 23:49
The World Bank's World Development Report 2018 finds that millions of children, particularly in low and middle-income countries, attend school but do not achieve proficiency in reading, writing and doing math. At the same time, the report stresses that, when countries and their leaders prioritize ‘learning for all', education standards can dramatically improve. Among its recommendations, the report calls for increased and improved learning assessments and metrics, observing that only half of all developing countries have data to monitor the education-related SDGs.

Improving Economics Drive Acceleration of Global Energy Transition

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 23:44
Recent IEA energy statistics and a private sector outlook show that the global energy transition is increasingly driven by falling costs of renewable energy and storage technologies. Examples from the United Arab Emirates and the UK show that solar power plants with energy storage can be economically viable without subsidies. Improved Economics are also enabling the "resurrection" of a plan to produce solar energy in the northern Sahara for export to Europe.

Ethiopia Launches NAP, Gender Sensitivity in Spotlight

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 23:37
Ethiopia's NAP focuses on agriculture, forestry, health, transport, power, industry, water and urban sectors, identifying them as the most vulnerable. To support development of NAP implementation strategies, the NAP Global Network and Ethiopia's Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change hosted a strategic planning workshop. The CCAFS publication lays out the findings from Agro-Climate Information Services baseline survey in Ha Tinh and Dien Bien provinces in Viet Nam.

FAO at IUFRO Congress: Contributions of Forests towards SDGs Not Yet Explored

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 23:36
Addressing the 125th Anniversary Congress of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), Hiroto Mitsugi, Assistant Director-General for Forestry of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), highlighted that greater awareness of forests' contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is needed. The IUFRO Anniversary Congress provided an opportunity for scientists from all forest-related disciplines to share knowledge and discuss their research with policy makers.

High-Level Panels Call for Mainstreaming WASH, Action on Disasters

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 23:32
The High Level Panel on Water (HLPW) urged governments to mainstream WASH efforts in national, subnational and community-level planning. The HLPW welcomed the launch of the Water Innovation Engine, a mechanism for coordinating investment and accelerating action toward the SDGs. The High-Level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP) called on Parties to the UNFCCC to make adaptation financing available to the water sector.

Incoming COP 23 President Calls for a "Grand Coalition" of Actors to Implement Paris Agreement

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 23:29
Highlighting the need for cooperation, Bainimarama emphasized that “there is no choice to be made between prosperity and a healthy climate”. He urged countries to set the objective of limiting global warming to 1.5°C above preindustrial levels as soon as possible. Bainimarama extended an offer of refuge to Kiribati and Tuvalu if “their homes sink beneath the waves”.

Event: Sustainable Food Future-Technology, Resource Use and Resilience

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 23:25
Organized by the Royal Institute of International Affairs - Chatham House, this conference will address the latest challenges to the food security and sustainability agenda while assessing new policies, practices and technologies being devised to create a more resilient and sustainable food system. Issues to be discussed in Panel sessions include: food and geopolitics, producing more with less, risk and resilience in the food system, changing diets and patterns of food consumption, innovation and technology in food production, and changing trade agendas and food production.