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Iran, FAO Workshop Focuses on Climate Change Action (Int'l)
Climate Change
Date: 2019-08-07
In Tehran, the Iranian government and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization are reporting the conclusion of a joint workshop to help strengthen the country's national capacity to access Green Climate Fund for climate change adaptation and mitigation actions.

Participating experts and relevant stakeholders discussed and defined necessary strategic investment criteria for prioritizing climate investments and a strategy to ensure a collective view of climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts success.

In their meetings, the FAO emphasized the importance of climate-smart agriculture, sustainable forest and other natural resources management, and collaboration with national and international partners to successfully mitigate climate change threats. (Source: Department of Environment of the Islamic Republic of Iran, PR, Tasnim, 6 Aug., 2019) Contact: UN Food & Agriculture Organization, www.fao.org/home/en; Department of Environment of the Islamic Republic of Iran, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Department_of_Environment_(Iran)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Mitigation,  Climate Change Adaptation,  


Canadian Climate Risks, Adaptations Identified (Ind. Report)
Council of Canadian Academies
Date: 2019-07-10
At the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat's request, an expert panel convened by the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) has identified and prioritized Canada's top climate change risks and determined that many costs and damages could be avoided with prompt and thoughtful adaptation.

The panel's report identifies the following areas of risk: agriculture and food, coastal communities, ecosystems, fisheries, forestry, geopolitical dynamics, governance and capacity, human health and wellness, Indigenous ways of life, northern communities, physical infrastructure, and water. The report outlines a multi-layered method of prioritizing adaptation measures based on an understanding of the risk, adaptation potential, and federal roles and responsibilities.

Download the report HERE. (Source: Council of Canadian Academies, Eric M. Meslin, PhD, CEO, Tijs Creutzberg 613-567-5000 ext. 232, tijs.creutzberg@cca-reports.ca, info@cca-reports.ca, www.scienceadvice.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Climate Change Adaptation,  


$84.9Mn Green Climate Funding Announced (Int'l. Report)
Green Climate Fund,UNDP
Date: 2019-07-08
Meeting in Songdo, Korea, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) reports its commitment of more than $84.9 million towards United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) supported climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts in Bhutan, Timor-Leste, the Marshall Islands and Ecuador.

According to the GCF release, Ecuador the second country to receive financial resources from the GCF for having successfully reduced its deforestation and corresponding greenhouse gas emissions. The funding is expected to help in reducing emissions by 20 pct from the forest and land-use sector by 2025.

Bhutan, the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) and Timor-Leste -- among the Asia-Pacific region's most vulnerable countries to climate change -- received grants for climate adaptation initiatives. In Bhutan, with GCF funding over 118,000 people are expected to benefit from more sustainable land and water management, more climate-resilient agriculture and reliable climate-resilient irrigation schemes. In Timor-Leste, GCF funds will be used to "climate-proof" key rural infrastructure and improve policies and planning for a national response to the impacts of climate change.

With the approval of the four new projects, UNDP has supported a total of 23 countries to access more than $785.7 million in GCF finance for full-sized climate change projects.

The GCF supports developing countries efforts to respond to the challenge of climate change, limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to climate change, and promote low-emission and climate-resilient development. (Source: UN Development Programme, PR, July, 2019) Contact: UNDP, Pradeep Kurukulasuriya, Executive Coordinator and Director, Global Environmental Finance, www.undp.org; Green Climate Fund, www.greenclimate.fund

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MDB Climate Finance Hits Record $43.1Bn in 2018 (Ind. Report)
Climate Change,World Bank
Date: 2019-06-28
According to the 2018 Joint Report on Multilateral Development Banks' Climate Finance, climate financing by the world's largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) in developing countries and emerging economies rose to a high of $43.1 billion in 2018, boosting projects that help developing countries cut emissions and address climate risks -- an over 22 pct increase from 2017 where climate finance totaled $35.2 billion.

The report notes that $30.2 billion (70 pct) of the 2018 total was devoted to climate change mitigation investments that aim to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and slow down global warming. The remaining $12.9 billion (30 pct) was invested in climate change adaptation efforts to help address mounting impacts of climate change, including worsening droughts and more extreme weather events from extreme flooding to rising sea levels.

Since 2011, the six MDBS have committed nearly $237 billion in climate finance for developing and emerging economies. MDBs' climate finance aims to ensure that global financial flows are consistent with the Paris Climate Agreement.(Source: World Bank, Modern Diplomacy, June, 2019) Contact: World Bank Group, Mehreen Sheikh, (202) 458-7336, msheikh1@worldbank.org, www.worldbank.org

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$2.1Mn Funding for Alberta Forestry-Biomass Projects (Funding)
Forest Biomass,Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2019-05-22
In Ottawa, the Canadian federal government has announced over $2.1 million in funding for three forestry-sector, bioenergy projects in Alberta. The projects are aimed at boosting indigenous jobs in the sector and involvement in climate change prevention activities.

Of the total, $1.5 million will go to Kapawe'no First Nation in Narrows Point to design and install a renewable and eco-friendly forest biomass heating system that will help to reduce the community's reliance on diesel, cut energy costs and generate jobs. The project is funded through the Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities program.

$500,000 will be granted to The Rockies Institute in Canmore to bring together the best available Indigenous and scientific knowledge on forest fire management. The project will inform innovative practices for local, regional and provincial climate change adaptation.

The remaining $110,000 is awarded to Nu Ch'anie Society in Cold Lake to pursue various forest sector bioenergy-biomass business development activities. The three projects are funded through the Indigenous Forestry Initiative. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Biomass, May, 2019) Contact: Natural Resoures Canada Indigenous Forestry Initiative, www.nrcan.gc.ca/forests/federal-programs/13125

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World Bank Fund to Support Climate-Smart Mining (Ind. Report)
World Bank Group
Date: 2019-05-06
The World Bank is reporting the launch of the Climate-Smart Mining Facility fund to support the sustainable extraction and processing of minerals and metals used in clean energy technologies, such as wind, solar power, batteries for energy storage and electric vehicles. The new Facility focuses on helping resource-rich developing countries benefit from the increasing demand for minerals and metals, while ensuring the mining sector is managed in a way that minimizes the environmental and climate footprint.

Facility partners include the German government and private sector companies, Rio Tinto and Anglo American. The Facility will also assist governments to build a robust policy, regulatory and legal framework that promotes climate-smart mining and creates an enabling environment for private capital. Facility projects may include:

  • Supporting the integration of renewable energy into mining operations, given that the mining sector accounts for up to 11 percent of global energy use and that mining operations in remote areas often rely on diesel or coal;
  • Supporting the strategic use of geological data for a better understanding of “strategic mineral” endowments;
  • Forest-smart mining -- preventing deforestation and supporting sustainable land-use practices; repurposing mine sites;
  • Recycling of minerals -- supporting developing countries to take a circular economy approach and reuse minerals in a way that respects the environment

    The World Bank is targeting a total investment of $50 million, to be deployed over a 5-year timeframe. The Facility will focus on activities around four core themes: climate change mitigation; climate change adaptation; reducing material impacts and creating market opportunities, contributing to the decarbonization and reduction of material impacts along the supply chain of critical minerals needed for clean energy technologies. (Source: World Bank Group, Modern Diplomacy, May, 2019) Contact: World Bank Group, Riccardo Puliti, Senior Director and Head of the Energy and Extractives Global Practice, www.worldbank.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank,  Climate Smart,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • Canada Invests in Forest Climate Change Adaptation (Ind Report)
    NRC
    Date: 2019-04-17
    Climate change needs to be tackled head on in order to build a better future for Canadians. This is why the government is investing in critical adaptation research, while creating good jobs and growing the economy.

    Matt DeCourcey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, announced an investment of $300,000 to University of New Brunswick (UNB) for a climate change adaptation project focused on the socio-economic costs and benefits of adapting to climate-induced changes, such as drought and wind, in Atlantic Canada's forests. Findings from this analysis will help those in the forest sector and communities, including Indigenous peoples, plan and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, News Release, April, 2019) Contact: NRC, Vanessa Adams, Office of the Minister of Natural Resources (343) 543-7645, Vanessa.Adams@canada.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NRC,  Climate Change Adaptation,  


    OCBC Bank, Sinosure Ink Green Energy Co-op Agreement (Int'l)
    OCBC Bank, Sinosure
    Date: 2019-04-10
    Singapore-headquartered OCBC Bank and China's Beijing-based state-funded Export & Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure) are reporting a Framework Agreement of Cooperation formalizing a partnership to support green and sustainable industries projects related to: renewable energy, clean transportation; climate change adaptation; energy efficiency; green buildings; and others.

    Under this Agreement, OCBC Bank and Sinosure will study projects and investment opportunities together, leveraging each other's experience and channels to boost economic, trade and investment cooperation between the People's Republic of China and Singapore. Sinosure will provide the insurance coverage with respect to OCBC Bank's financing activities of these sustainable projects or other qualifying projects. (Source: OCBC Bank, The Asset, 9 April, 2019) Contact: OCBC Bank, www.ocbc.com; Sinosure, www.sinosure.com.cn/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News OCBC Bank,  Renewable Energy,  Green Energy,  


    World Bank Earmarks $22.5Bn for African Climate Efforts (Int'l)
    World Bank Group
    Date: 2019-03-15
    The World Bank Group reports it will scale up support for both climate adaptation and climate mitigation initiatives in Africa to $22.5 billion over five years -- 2021-2025. The funding is part of the Bank Group's 2025 Targets to Step Up Climate Action, launched in December 2018 during the UN's COP24 in Poland.

    The funding is aimed at helping African countries manage the risks of a changing climate while unlocking new investment opportunities. The IFC and MIGA, the Group's private sector arms, will also grow their climate activities in Africa.

    More than half of the $22.5bn financing will be devoted to supporting adaptation and resilience in Africa. This year, for example, the World Bank will provide the government of Ethiopia with a results-based support program for adaptation and resilience, the largest done by the World Bank ever in Africa. The new operation, which is currently under preparation, will provide $500 million for results in improved watershed management and land administration systems.

    In addition, the World Bank, will carry out intensive Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) engagements with Rwanda and Kenya, under the framework of the NDC Partnership, and with generous support from Germany's BMZ. The engagements will help accelerate the implementation of, and raise the level of ambition for, their NDCs by supporting systematic mainstreaming and institutionalization of climate adaptation and mitigation across and within key development sectors and governance levels. (Source: World Bank Group, africanews.com, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: World Bank Group, www.worldbank.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank Group,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Climate Change adaptation,  


    Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund Pushing for Climate Data (Int'l)
    Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund
    Date: 2019-02-11
    Reporting from Oslo, th $1 trillion Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund, the world's largest sovereign wealth fund, reports it will encourage the roughly 9,000 firms across 72 nations in which it has invested to disclose more data on their greenhouse gas emissions and their climate change adaptation plans.

    The fund, which invests the revenues of Norway's oil and gas production, has also developed in-house software that uses non-financial data, such as CO2 emissions, and trading and earnings data to project future company performance. In 2018, the new software reportedly helped 30 companies complete informed divestments Two of the 30 divested companies were involved in palm oil; one in rubber; ten in coal-based power; and one in "CO2 intensity".

    In 2018, the Norwegian fund emitted 107 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents via its ownership stakes -- roughly twice the amount emitted by Norway in 2017 -- according to the fund's recently release annual report. (Source: Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund, Reuters, euronews, Feb., 2019)Contact: Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund, Yngve Slyngstad, CEO,www.nbim.no


    Samoan Climate Change Program Funding Announced (Int'l Report)
    Global Environment Facility
    Date: 2018-11-26
    In the South Pacific, 26 biodiversity, climate change adaptation and mitigation, land degradation and sustainable forest management and other related projects have been granted more than $635,000 in funding by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme. The projects were approved by the Samoan National Steering Committee (N.S.C.) based on the technical assessment from the Technical Advisory Group (T.A.G.).

    The funding is intended to support Samoans most at risk given their strong dependency on natural resources for their livelihoods, while often living in fragile ecosystems throughout the island country. our planet's most pressing environmental problems.

    Since its founding, the GEF has provided over $17.9 billion in grants and mobilized an additional $93.2 billion in co-financing for more than 4500 projects in 170 countries. Today, the GEF is an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector that addresses global climate change and other environmental issues, according to the GEF website. (Source: Global Environment Facility, Samoa Observer, 24 November 2018) Contact: Global Environment Facility, www.thegef.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Global Environment Facility,  Samoa ,  


    $134Mn Niger Climate Change Adaptation Funding Announced (Int'l)
    Niger Basin Authority,African Developement Bank
    Date: 2018-11-09
    The African Development Bank (ADB) reports approval of $76 million financial package for the integrated development and climate change adaptation in the Niger Basin. The Green Climate Fund, the European Union, the Global Environment Fund, the Forest Investment Fund and the various governments will also participate bringing the total to $134 million.

    The funded activities include recovery of 140,000 ha of degraded land; construction of 209 water conveyance infrastructure for agro-pastoral systems and fish farming; leveraging on the livestock and aquaculture compacts of the Technologies for African Agriculture Transformation (TAAT). The program will also touch on implementing 450 agricultural value chain development sub-projects; building climate change adaptation capacity for 1,000,000 households and operationalize a financing mechanism for natural resource management.

    The Niger Basin Authority member states include: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Chad. (Source: ADB, All Africa, 7 Nov., 2018) Contact: ADB, www.afdb.org/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  African Developement Bank,  Climate Change Adaptation,  


    Corporate Ghana Admonished to Invest in Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation Projects (Int'l)
    Youth Icons Ghana
    Date: 2018-10-19
    Speaking in the capital city of Accra, Youth Icons Ghana president Nana Yaw Osei-Darkwa, has admonished the country's financial institutions to invest heavily in climate change mitigation and adaptation projects to save the Ghanaian economy. According to him climate change presented both opportunities and threats and banks and financial institutions must position themselves to take advantage of the business opportunities of climate change as well as prepare themselves to withstand effects of climate change.

    According to Osei-Darkwa, "Projects such as smart-agriculture, afforestation and restoration of vital ecosystems would help combat climate change." Osei-Darkwa added that his not-for-profit NGO has established the Green Republic Project to plant more than 20 million trees by the year 2028 to absorb atmospheric CO2. (Source: Youth Icons Ghana Ghanaian Times, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: Youth Icons Ghana, +233 (0) 264 268 686, +233 (0) 277 268686, info@youthiconsgh.org, www.youthiconsgh.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Mitigation,  Reforestation,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change Adaptation,  


    Mississauga, Ontario Preparing Climate Action Plan (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-10-19
    In Ontario, the Toronto suburb of Mississauga -- pop. 721,000 -- reports its Climate Action Plan is now in the community consultation and education phase. The plan aims to raise awareness of increasing extreme weather trends, the local effects of climate change and how the city plans to respond and adapt to it.

    The city's 10-year action plan aims to mitigate the effects of increasing weather extremes and a changing climate by reducing the city's overall greenhouse-gas emissions and adapt to changes already seen and recorded in the local climate. The plan is expected to be activated in 2019, following a 2-year consultation and planning process.

    Mississauga climate data suggests the city can expect 20 to 30 pct more ice storms, three to four degree warmer winters, 44 millimetres more precipitation during the spring and fall, 20 millimetres more snowfall in the winter, 20 to 37 pct more intense rainfalls, 20 to 32 days of more heat waves, and 24 more days in the growing season. Forty-two per cent of the city's GHG emissions come from heating buildings, followed by transportation. (Source: City of Mississauga, Mississauga News, 18 Oct., 2018) Contact: City of Mississauga, Michael Cleland, Dir. Environment, Julius Lindsay, Climate Change Specialist, 905-615-4311, www.mississauga.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Climate Change Adaptation,  


    EIB, Indonesia Ink Green Infrastructure Development MoU (Int'l)
    EIB
    Date: 2018-10-15
    Reporting from Jakarta, the government of Indonesia and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have signed an agreement to further invest in and develop green infrastructure projects in support of climate change mitigation and adaptation projects that will increase the country's resilience to climate change and other natural disasters in the medium and long term.

    The MoU is in line with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as well as the European Union and Indonesia's climate action agendas.

    The focus of the European Investment Bank's operations on climate mitigation and adaptation will provide additional opportunities for important projects for low carbon development, resilient cities and infrastructures. (Source: Ministry of National Development Planning of the Republic of Indonesia, DevDiscourse, 13 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ministry of National Development Planning of the Republic of Indonesia, +62 021-319 6207, www.bappenas.go.id; EIB, www.eib.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  Green nt Infrastructure,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Climate Change Adaptation,  


    UN FAO Warns of Climate Change Impact on Fisheries (Ind. Report)
    UN Food and Agriculture Organization
    Date: 2018-07-27
    Just released research from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) notes that climate change is expected to significantly reduce fisheries globally by 2050, including in the Caribbean. The report also advises countries to build a more sustainable and resilient fisheries sector through climate adaptation and mitigation strategies that can protect marine species, as well as strengthen fisheries production, food security, revenues and fisheries governance.

    The FAO report -- Impacts of Climate Change on Fisheries and Aquaculture: Synthesis of Current Knowledge, Adaptation and Mitigation Options -- warns that if countries do not increase their efforts to build climate resilience at multiple stakeholder levels, including among fisheries, the disruptions will worsen as climate change progresses over the next three decades.

    At the national level, climate change adaptation activities within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement) are set out in countries' five-year Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

    The report found that within the Western Central Atlantic a total of 24 independent nations have submitted NDCs, of which 14 (mostly the Caribbean SIDS) specifically mention the fisheries sector, though primarily in the context of highlighting its vulnerability to climate change. (Source: UN FOA, Caribbean360, July 25, 2018) Contact: UN Food and Agriculture Organization, www.fao.org/home/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Mitigation,  Climate Change Adaptation,  Climate Change,  ,  


    Namibia Notes Renewables, Climate Change Mitigation Program (Int'l)
    Namibia
    Date: 2018-05-30
    In the city of Windhoek, the Government of Namibia is reporting the launch of a N$670 million ($54 +- million) sustainable utilization resources and energy financing programme to promote renewable energy investments. The programme is receiving financial support from and concessional loans from the French Development Agency. Approximately N$218 million in FDA funding has been disbursed to the country's commercial banks.

    Namibia, one of the most vulnerable countries when it comes to climate change, is committed to the implementation of the COP Paris Agreement on climate change and has committed to climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies and targets in various sectors such as energy, waste, agriculture and forestry. (Source: Namibian, 29 May, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Paris Climate Agreement,  


    EU Increases Climate Change Budget to $383.2Bn (Int'l Report)
    European Union,European Commissiuon
    Date: 2018-05-07
    In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) reports that over the period of 2012 to 2027 it will spend fully 25 pct of its budget -- $383.2 billion -- on climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts.

    Under the 28 member trading bloc's current budget, $246.7 billion -- 20 pct of the budget -- is presently being spent out to 2020 on combating climate change through investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy, environmental protection, and other carbon reduction schemes. (Source: European Commission, EuroStat, EU Newsroom, 6 May, 2018)Contact: European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, https://ec.europa.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  EC,  European Commission,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Climate Change Adaptation,  


    NB Env. Trust Fund Supports Climate Change Projects (Funding)
    NB Environmental Trust Fund
    Date: 2018-05-02
    In Maritime Canada, the Environmental Trust Fund (ETF0, a New Brunswick provincial agency, reports it will invest more than $330,000 of a total $6.5 million in Southern New Brunswick's Tantramar Region in support of various environmental projects, including climate change adaptation.

    Among the recipients, EOS Eco-Energy Inc. will receive $45,000 for the Tantramar Climate Change Week, the Tantramar Climate Change Adaptation Collaborative, and to address climate-related stress workshop series. Community Forests International has been granted $60,000 for its Climate Smart Forestry: Designing Adaptive Silviculture for the Acadian Forest project aimed at increasing carbon sequestration and adaptation to climate change. Additionally, the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN) will receive $40,000 for a project called Cultivating Climate Resilience in New Brunswick.. Nature NB has been granted $30,000 to undertake activities in Port Elgin and Bathurst that will demonstrate the integration of nature-based solutions into municipal climate change adaptation planning. (Source: NB Environmental Trust Fund, Sackville Tribune, 1 May, 2018) Contact: NB Environmental Trust Fund, http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/services/services_renderer.13136.Environmental_Trust_Fund.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Adaptation,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Climate Change,  


    Namibia Needs $33Bn to Meet Climate Change Commitment (Int'l)
    Development Bank of Southern Africa
    Date: 2018-03-05
    In the Namibia capital of Windhoek, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) are reporting the country will need nearly $33 billion (US) for climate change adaptation and mitigation as per its Paris Climate Agreement Implementation of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions.

    According to the Ministry, only 10 pct of the necessary funds can be sourced domestically. Fully 90pct of the needed funds will be raised from multilateral and bilateral sources in line with Article 4 of the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) particularly the principle of common but differentiated responsibility. Namibia (pop. 2.587 million) has committed to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 89 pct by 2030. (Source: Namibia NewEra, 1 Mar., 2018) Contact: Development Bank of Southern Africa, www.dbsa.org; Namibia Ministry of Environment and Tourism, +264 61 284 2333, www.met.gov.na; UNFCCC, www.unfccc.int

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  UNFCCC,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Paris Climate Agreement,  


    EC Commits €98.2Mn to Mobilize Low-Carbon Economy (Int'l)
    European Commission
    Date: 2018-02-16
    Meeting in Brussels, the European Commission (EC) reports it will invest €98.2 million to support Europe's transition to a low-carbon, circular economy under the new LIFE funding programme for the Environment and Climate Action.

    The investment, which covers 10 projects in Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Lithuania, Malta, Spain and Sweden, will mobilize investments leading to an additional €2 billion, as Member States can make use of other EU funding sources.

    The 10 projects have a total budget of €182.2 million, of which €29.4 million is earmarked for 2 projects specific to climate change adaptation. (Source: European Commission, 8 Feb., 2018) Contact: European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy https://ec.europa.eu

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    Calif. Climate Adaptation, Resiliency Strategies Updated -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    California Natural Resources Agency
    Date: 2018-02-02
    In Sacramento, the California Natural Resources Agency has released Safeguarding California Plan: 2018 Update, an updated report on state actions and strategies to adapt to a changing climate and protect communities, infrastructure, services, and the natural environment from climate change impacts.

    As California continues to experience rising average temperatures, destructive fires, higher sea levels, and extreme precipitation events, the plan lays out 69 recommendations across 11 sectors and more than 1,000 ongoing actions and next steps developed by scientific and policy experts across 38 state agencies.

    Download the Safeguarding California Plan. HERE. California climate change adaptation efforts can be found HERE. (Source: California Natural Resources Agency,, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: California Natural Resources Agency, John Laird, Secretary, (916) 653-5656, http://resources.ca.gov

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    Cement Assoc. Lauds Ontario's Focus on Climate Change in Infrastructure Planning (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Cement Association of Canada,Province of Ontario
    Date: 2017-12-01
    On the heels of the Ontario's government's announced Long-Term Infrastructure Plan, the Cement Association of Canada (CAC) congratulates the government for taking a leadership role in ensuring infrastructure planning takes climate change into consideration. "The leadership the Ontario government is demonstrating today on climate change adaptation, mitigation and lifecycle planning will ensure Ontario is a leader in the transition to the low carbon economy," the CAC says.

    The Long-Term Infrastructure Plan states that, starting in 2019, lifecycle analysis -- a method for calculating the lifetime environmental impact of a product or service -- will be implemented as a way to support evidence-based infrastructure decisions. Lifecycle analysis helps ensure that infrastructure investments deliver maximum economic, social and environmental value. (Source: Cement Association of Canada, PR, 28 Nov., 2017) Contact: Cement Association of Canada, Lyse Teasdale, Director, Communications, Cement Association of Canada, Michael McSweeney, Pres., CEO, (613) 236-9471, ext 211, lteasdale@cement.ca, www.cement.ca

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    Jordan Drafts National Climate Change Adaptation Plan (Int'l)
    Jordan,Climate Change
    Date: 2017-11-03
    In Amman, the Jordanian Director of the Climate Change Department at the Ministry of Environment report it is formulating its first climate change National Adaptation Plan (NAP).

    The plan will highlight the need for enhanced mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and to support the implementation of the Paris Agreement under which Jordan pledged to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 14 pct by 2030, and to double the proportion of renewable energy in its total energy mix by 2020.

    Jordan's 2013-2020 Jordan Climate Change Policy suggests that the country will witness a 1 to 4 degree C increase in temperatures and a 15 to 60 pct decrease in precipitation. Both changes could have a devastating impact on the Kingdom's natural ecosystems, river basins, watersheds and biodiversity. (Source: Jordan Times, 30 Oct., 2017) Contact: Jordan Director of Climate Change , Ministry of Environment, +962 6 556 0113, www.moenv.gov.jo/en/pages/default.aspx

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    Alaskan Team to Make Climate Change Recommendations (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change, Alaska
    Date: 2017-11-03
    In Juneau, Alaskan Gov. Bill Walker is creating a special team to recommend ways to address climate change mitigation, adaptation, research and response. The committee will include up to 15 public members from groups with a stake in the issue, representatives from the private sector, indigenous organizations and local governments, universities and state agencies.

    Funding for the committee's recommendations has not yet been earmarked. (Source: SF Gate, Beaumont Enterprise, Others, 31 Oct., 2017) Contact: Alaskan Gov. Bill Walker, https://gov.alaska.gov

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    CGIAR Addressing Soil Carbon, Climate Change (Ind. Report)
    Global Soil Partnership
    Date: 2017-08-23
    According to the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), soil carbon could help mitigate significant greenhouse gas emissions, while also supporting food production and adaptation to climate change. As such, soil carbon could be crucial to meeting the Paris Agreement goal to limit global warming to below 2 degrees as well as Sustainable Development Goals related to food security and climate. However, we still lack the knowledge needed to sustainably manage soil for carbon, the GSP adds.

    On June 19, 30 CGIAR scientists, representing seven CGIAR Centers and six CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs), exchanged recent research findings and identified priorities for a future research agenda on soil carbon and climate change. CGIAR's current soil carbon and climate change work includes:

  • Improving understanding of the factors and underlying mechanisms that drive changes in soil carbon and critical soil functions;
  • Examining agronomic practices that improve soil health, agricultural productivity or socio-economic benefits affect soil carbon sequestration, greenhouse gas emissions and climate change adaptation;
  • Investigating the relationships among forests, soils, water and climate;
  • Analyzing the effects of land use change on soil carbon stocks, including loss of soil carbon through deforestation and land degradation, and the potential for soil carbon sequestration through restoration of degraded soils;
  • Assessing the extent of peatland soils globally and estimating current carbon stocks in peatlands;
  • Supporting policy to avoid loss of carbon from peatlands, forestlands and wetlands;
  • Developing standardized methods and metrics for assessing soil carbon and its dynamics, especially as an indicator of ecosystem health, at plot and landscape scales;
  • Facilitating the Land Degradation Surveillance Framework Network, which now has 200 sites and 30,000 reference points in the global tropics, mostly openly accessible data. (Source: CGIAR, World AgroForestry Center, Aug., 2017) Contact: 4p1000, http://4p1000.org; Global Soil Partnership, www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/en; CGIAR, www.cgiar.org

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  • Mass. GHG Emissions, Climate Change Strategy Released (Reg & Leg)
    Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
    Date: 2017-08-16
    The Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), in accordance with Governor Charlie Baker's Executive Order 569 -- An Order Establishing an Integrated Climate Change Strategy for the Commonwealth -- has issued final regulations that build upon the Bay State's efforts to further reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and protect communities, residents, and infrastructure from the impacts of climate change.

    The regulations are intended to ensure the Commonwealth achieves the greenhouse gas emissions limits for 2020, required by the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008. The final regulations lay out an approach to reduce GHG emissions from multiple sectors to 25 pct below 1990 emissions levels and an 80 pct reduction by 2050.

    The regulations address CO2 emissions; reducing methane emissions from natural gas distribution mains and services; increasing clean energy through the development of a clean energy sandard; reducing CO2 missions from electric power plants; cutting sulfur hexafluoride emissions from gas-insulated switchgear; and others.

    The Executive Order also directs the state to begin planning for climate change adaptation and working with communities statewide state to assess vulnerability and build resiliency to address climate change impacts.

    Access the MassDEP final rules HERE. (Source: Mass DEP, Aug., 2017) Contact: MassDEP, Martin Suuberg, Dir., (617) 292-5500, www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/about

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    EU, Seychelles Partnering on Climate Change Mitigation (Int'l)
    Seychelles
    Date: 2017-02-24
    In Brussels, the EU Ambassador and Republic of Seychelles officials are reporting a recent on site meeting to discuss coastal flood adaptation and mitigation activities of the Seychelles Global Climate Change Alliance Project. The objective of the meeting was to discuss the project and its implementation.

    The Seychelles Global Climate Change Alliance Project was established by the European Union in 2007 and funded with €285 million for the period 2008 to 2013 to help the small island nation adapt to climate change. A major component of the Seychelles project concerns the implementation of coastal climate change adaptation in risk-prone areas. These activities, which will be implemented by the United National Development Programme (UNDP), include an integrated Shoreline management plan, hydrological and topographic studies on flood buffering and salinization control measures, and the restoration of wetlands as a sustainable means to reduce flood risks. The project is expected to run until 2019.

    To-date, similar EU programmes have supported more than 70 initiatives in over 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Pacific and Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. In light of its success, the European Union has allocated an additional envelope of €350 million for the programme for the period 2014-2020. (Source: EU, Feb. 22, 2017)

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    Tanzania Needs $60Bn for Climate Change Fight, Mitigation (Int'l)

    Date: 2016-11-23
    In Dar es Salaam, the Tanzanian governments reports it will need $60 billion by 2030 in technological and financial support from its development partners and other sources for its climate change mitigation efforts, according to Union and Environment Minister Mr. January Makamba. The funding will enable the country to meet its environment conservation commitments and targets, pursue its development trajectory, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10-20 pct by 2030, according to a statement.

    Tanzania, whose per capita emissions are less that 1 tpy, says it will also need $500 million annually for climate change adaptation, the minister added. (Source: AllAfrica, Various Media, 18 Nov., 2016)

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    UNRP Calls for More, Faster Climate Change Adaptation Support -- 2 Reports Attached (Ind. Report)
    UN Environment
    Date: 2016-11-18
    According to the recently released UN Environment's Emissions Gap Report, developed countries should increase and accelerate their support to developing nations trying to adapt to the damaging impacts of climate change.

    Under the COP21 Paris Agreement, wealthy nations have pledged to mobilize $100 billion a year by 2020 to help developing countries reduce greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation), adapt to rising temperatures, and to boost that figure from 2025.

    However, the report notes that the cost for developing countries of adaptation alone could range from $140 billion to $300 billion by 2030, and from $280 billion to $500 billion by 2050 --five times higher than previously estimated.

    UN Environment's Emissions Gap Report, released last week, found that the world is still heading for global warming of 2.9 to 3.4 degree C this century, far beyond the recommended limit of 2 degree C. Failure to meet the target will expose developing countries to even greater potential disruption, leading to significantly higher adaptation costs-although funding will still be required to soften the impact of climate change should targets be met.

    Download the Adaptation Finance Gap Report HERE. The Emissions Gap Report is available HERE. (Source: UNEP, Nov., 2016) Contact: UNEP, www.unep.org

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    EC Earmarks €223Mn for Low-carbon Projects (Int'l, Funding)
    European Commission
    Date: 2016-11-07
    The European Commission (EC) reports approval of €222.7 million investment package to support Europe's transition to a sustainable, low-carbon future. The funding is intended to encourage additional investments totaling €398.6 million in 144 new projects in 23 Member States.

    The funds come from the LIFE programme, the EU's funding instrument for the Environment and Climate Action. Since 1992 the LIFE programme has co-financed over 4,300 projects across the EU and in third countries, mobilizing €8.8 billion and contributing €3.9 billion to the protection of the environment and climate.

    In the field of climate action, the investment will support climate change adaptation, climate change mitigation and climate governance and information projects totaling €75.1 million. Selected projects support the EU's target to reduce GHG emissions by at least 40 pct by 2030, contributing to the shift towards a low carbon and climate resilient economy. 2015 projects include peatlands restoration and carbon storage in five EU countries, demonstration of the production of low-emission cement and concrete products in France, enhancing the climate resilience of vineyards in Germany and implementing adaptation measures in urban areas in Cyprus, and others.

    The 15 LIFE Environmental Governance and Information projects have a total budget of €23.2 million, of which the EU will contribute €13.8 million. The 16 LIFE Climate Change Adaptation projects will mobilize €32.9 million, of which the EU will provide €19.4 million.

    The 12 LIFE Climate Change Mitigation projects have a total budget of €35.3 million, of which the EU will contribute €18.0 million. These action grants are awarded to best practice, pilot and demonstration projects in three thematic areas: energy, industry and land use/forestry/agriculture.

    The 6 LIFE Climate Governance and Information projects will improve governance and raise awareness of climate change. They have a total budget of €6.9 million, of which the EU will contribute €4.1 million. (Source: European Commission, 3 Nov., 2016) Contact: EU LIFE Program, http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/index.htm

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    CO2 Levels Leap to 15 Million Year High! (Ind. Report)
    CO2,Climate CHange
    Date: 2016-10-03
    The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) reports it is urging world leaders to take note of the profound implications of September's record-high carbon dioxide readings and appealed for their increased commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. According to UNISDR, the lowest levels are traditionally recorded September, which translates to the unlikelihood of seeing levels below 400 ppm for the foreseeable future.

    UNISDR serves as the focal point for disaster reduction coordination between the UN and regional organizations. Its work is applied to climate change adaptation such as: building disaster-resilient cities, schools and hospitals; and strengthening the international system for DRR. (Source: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, UN News Center, 30 Sept., 2016) Contact: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, www.unisdr.org

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    NZ Invests $3.1Mn in Climate Change Research Projects (Int'l)
    NZ Ministry For Primary Industries
    Date: 2016-09-23
    In New Zealand, the Ministry of Primary Industries Thirteen Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change (SLMACC) research programme reports it has granted more then $3.1 million in funding to 16 climate change research projects.

    . SLMACC supports new climate change knowledge generation in the agriculture and forestry sectors for adaption, mitigation, and cross-cutting issues. In 2016 SLMACC initiatives are focused on: impacts of climate change and adaption; mitigation of agricultural and forestry greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; cross-cutting issues, including economic analysis, life-cycle analysis, farm catchment systems analysis, and social impact. (Source: NZ Ministry For Primary Industries, 22 Sept., 2016) Contact: New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries, Director General, Martyn Dunne, +64 4 894 0100, nfo@mpi.govt.nz, www.mpi.govt.nz

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    Reykjavik Aiming at 2040 Carbon Neutrality (Int'l Report)
    City of Reykjavík
    Date: 2016-09-12
    Reykjavik, the capitol city of Iceland, reports it has instituted a formal plan to make the city completely carbon neutral by 2040. The city draws its electric power and heat from hydropower and geothermal resources, from hydro and is heated geothermally, both of which emit low levels of CO2 emissions .

    Reykjavik's plan would cut emissions by increasing public transport ridership from 4 pct to 12 pct and increase the percentage of cyclists and pedestrians from 19 pct to more than 30 pct by 2030. The plan includes land use legislation, a public awareness campaign, waste recycling, climate change adaptation planning, climate change and greenhouse gas monitoring and measurement, and a Climate Policy for the city's operations.

    The plan will be reviewed in 2020 and every five years thereafter, in accordance with the Paris Agreement of 2015. The results will be evaluated every two years through a comparison of the situation as it stood in 2015. (Source: City of Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Grapevine, 9 Sept, 2016)

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