The attached UNEP study analyses the position of Europe in the global race to develop new CCMTs, using data on patent applications, trade in CCMT capital goods, foreign direct investment in CCMTs, climate change policy stringency, carbon emissions and public expenditure on CCMT research and development activities, to investigate inventive and associated economic activity in CCMTs in Europe, according to the UNEP study introduction.
Aimed at identifying national level climate change adaptation and mitigation opportunities, the framework includes 17 categories of climate-related hazards most likely to "result in substantial risks to the nation's well being", including warmer temperatures, sea-level rise, ocean chemistry changes, increased fire risk and coastal erosion. It also includes the effect those hazards have on both physical and non-physical assets.
The framework is intended to "improve the ability of decision-makers to make informed decisions in the presence of inevitable and, in some cases, substantial and irreducible uncertainty" and to "improve other stakeholders' understanding and foster and support the broader public interests in the quality of the decision-making process," according to the Minister.
(Source: Radio New Zealand, 19 Sept., 2019)
Contact: National Climate Change Risk Assessment, www.mfe.govt.nz/climate-change/assessing-climate-change-risk
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To that end, China will unveil national standards and endeavor to launch local climate financing pilot zones, and guide local governments to explore tailored development paths and modes to deal with key climate issues, according to the Ministry.
The Ministry also called for greater international cooperation in climate financing to promote the implementation of climate-friendly projects abroad.
China introduced a market mechanism to control carbon emissions with a nationwide trading system in December 2017. (Source: Ministry of Ecology and Environment, Peoples Republic of China, PR, Xinhua, 19 Sept., 2019)
Contact: Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment, english.mee.gov.cn
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The fund will invest in companies that derive revenues from goods and services that address climate change mitigation and adaptation, and companies aligning their business models with a warmer, low-carbon world.
It will not invest in stocks exposed to coal, unconventional fossil fuels, Arctic oil and gas production, or thermal coal electricity generation.
(Source: Aviva Investors, City Wire, 12 Sept., 2019) Contact: Aviva Investors, Euan Munro, CEO, www.avivainvestors.com
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The EIB, the world's first and largest issuer of green bonds,
is the long-term lending institution of the European Union owned by its 28 Member States. The EIB aims to dedicate at least 25 pct of its investments to climate change mitigation and adaptation, supporting low-carbon growth with climate resilience. In 2018, and for the ninth consecutive year, the EIB exceeded its climate finance target, providing €16.2 billion to promote climate action.
(Source: European Commission, PR, 8 Aug., 2019) Contact: European Commission, www.eceuropa.eu
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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,
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When farmers apply fertilizer to their crops, plants convert the fertilizer into the nutrients the plants need to flourish. Some of the by-products related to these processes are released as GHGs -- nitrous oxide (N2O), carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) -- and the overuse of fertilizer is leading to the release of excessive amounts of GHGs. According to the FAO, agriculture, forestry and other land use make up close to a quarter of GHGs, and the use of synthetic fertilizers accounts for 12 pct of total agriculture GHG emissions.
These gases trap heat in the atmosphere, contributing to global warming and thereby altering the conditions under which food crops grow, affecting not only crop yields, but also food quality and food security. The release of N2O is particularly worrying because it's 300 times more powerful than CO2 in trapping heat, and 16 times more powerful than CH4 and can therefore greatly contribute to climate change mitigation strategies.
Nuclear techniques offer substantial advantages over conventional techniques for measuring GHG emissions. By adding nitrogen fertilizers labelled with stable isotope nitrogen-15 as a tracer, scientists can track the isotopes and determine how effectively the crops are taking up the fertilizer. The isotope is also used to quantify the amount of nitrogen that crops can acquire from the atmosphere through biological nitrogen fixation process.
The carbon-13 stable isotope technique, using the natural abundance of carbon-13 in the environment, allows researchers to evaluate soil quality and sources of carbon sequestered in the soil. This helps identify how various combinations of crop rotation, tillage and ground cover can enhance productivity and improve the efficiency with which increasingly scarce resources, such as water and chemical nutrients, are used. Carbon-13 is tracked to determine the movement and origin of carbon dioxide and methane. (Source: International Atomic Energy Agency, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, 6 Aug., 2019) Contact: UN Food & Agriculture Organization, www.fao.org; International Atomic Energy Agency, www.iaea.org
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The public meetings are meant to educate residents and gather information the community's climate change related concerns which will be considered in determining the strategy's programs and funding priorities.
In its initial meetings, a desire for more community education about climate change impacts and the role citizens can play in dealing with those impacts, were among the most often expressed concerns. The next seven meetings will be held over the next two months, supported with a grant from the Funders Network for Smart Growth and the Miami Foundation.
This past May, the cities of Miami and Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County, in partnership with The Miami Foundation and 100 Resilient Cities, released Resilient305, a regional plan with more than 50 actions covering environment, infrastructure and economic prosperity.
Along with Climate Ready Miami, that will give the region a path for protecting citizens from the threats of climate change, a responsibility which the Trump administration has to date seemingly downplayed and ignored. (Source: City of Miami, Various Media, Utility Dive, 1 Aug., 2019) Contact: City of Miami Office of Resilience and Sustainability, Alissa Farina, Programs Manager, www.miamigov.com/Government/Departments.../Resilience-and-Sustainability, www.miamidade.gov/planning/resilience.asp
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The Climate Change Task Force will look at how community can adapt to the climate change impacts that are already happening -- wildfires,ice storms and other winter weather aberrations -- are going to be getting worse, as well as looking at reducing GHG emissions and climate change mitigation efforts .
The resolution also calls for a joint borough and community climate change task force and an initial public meeting by November 15, 2019. (Source: Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition, Various Media, 27 July, 2019) Contact: Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition, Tristan Glowa, Coordinator, www.fairbanksclimateaction.org
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The bulk of the EU's €33 million will be channeled through the Ethiopian government with €3 million of the total
used to enhance the country's measurement, reporting and verification systems, to make them complaint with Paris Climate Agreement standards.
The funded projects will be administered by the Ethiopian Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission and the Ministry of Trade and Industry in collaboration with regional states.
(Source: EU News, ENA News, Walta, 22 July, 2019)
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The study offers preliminary research into how finance can help mitigate climate change and sheds light on the debate about which type of corporate structure is better for reducing the "tragedy of the commons" when each entity consumes or spoils too much of a public good and harms society, rather than coordinating to use the resource wisely. The study finds no differences between private, sponsor-backed firms and public firms, controlling for industry, time, location and a host of firm characteristics. Within public firms, it identified a negative association between emissions and mutual fund ownership and board size, suggesting that increased oversight may decrease pollution.
Shive's research has been cited in national news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal. She has taught Introductory Finance, Investment Theory and Private Equity.
A former economist at the International Monetary Fund, faculty at Ohio State University, and principal at Wanger Asset Management LLP, Forster teaches courses in investments, international finance and financial institutions. (Source: University of Notre Dame, 22 July, 2019) Contact: University of Notre Dame, Sophie Shive, 574-631-1477, email@example.com, www.nd.edu
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, www.scienceadvice.ca
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The Los Angeles Green New Deal is intended to: reduce by 50 pct the number of census tracks lacking equity and environmental parity; create a $100,000,000 Transformative Climate Communities program; include an "Equity and Environmental Justice Impact Statement" in official City reports; and analyze the LADWP budget for environmental equity metrics. The program calls for both mitigation and/or adaptation measures to climate change impacts and will be folded into all other area climate emergency plans covering: energy and climate; climate change preparedness; green buildings; transportation; air Quality; environmental justice; urban greening; green economy; and others.
Additionally, Los Angeles City Council is creating a new Office of Climate Emergency Mobilization that will in turn will create a Climate Emergency Commission, hire a director for the new Climate Emergency Mobilization Office, and draft a Climate Emergency Declaration.
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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In 2017, Sri Lanka ranked second among countries most affected by extreme weather events -- extreme temperatures, flooding and drought -- and is expected to see a 1.2 pct drop in annual GDP by 2050 due to climate change.
The Program is designed with flexibility for adaptive learning and the potential for private sector participation. (Source: World Bank, Modern Diplomacy, 27 June, 2019) Contact: World Bank Group, www.worldbank.org
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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,
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The ten-nation ASEAN bloc supports the conservation and sustainable use of ASEAN's coastal and marine environment and is committed to promote biodiversity conservation and management and endeavor to mainstream biodiversity into the organization's various development processes. (Source: ASEAN, AFP, Manila Bulletin, 23 June, 2019) Contact: ASEAN, www.asean.org
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Specifically, the RTPI Resource Planning for Climate Action Campaign calls on the government to:
The Royal Town Planning Institute is the principal body representing planning professionals in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It promotes and develops policy affecting planning and the built environment.
(Source: Royal Town Planning Institute, Housing Today, 20 June, 2019) Contact: Royal Town Planning Institute, Ian Tant, Pres., +44 0 20 7929 9494, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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To that end, CEMEX is focusing on Climate Change Mitigation (SDG 13) and Environmental and Ecosystem Conservation (SDG 15) and other goals that are directly connected with the company's business and represent a better opportunity to contribute to the UN 2030 Agenda.
(Source: CEMEX, PR, 27 May, 2019) Contact: CEMEX, Fernando A. González, CEO, www.cemex.com; United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org
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The Fund facilitates investments related to green growth and climate change mitigation and adaptation globally, with a particular focus on Eastern Europe, Baltic Sea, Arctic and Barents regions. The Fund provides project grant financing in the following areas: renewable energy and waste-to-energy; power and heat generation; district heating networks; energy efficiency in buildings and industry and other related area.
To qualify for grant funding, projects must: be innovative; build on well-known and proven technology; be cost efficient; increase energy efficiency on system, sub-system or component levels; be environmentally sustainable; be financially sustainable after grant support; be examples of best practices and best available technologies (BAT); and be replicable.
Grant funding can be provided to both public and private demonstration projects and is available for disbursement until the end of 2021.
The Fund is financed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and managed by NEFCO. The local coordinator is the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine (SAEE)There are blending opportunities of the grant with NEFCO's other financing tools.
Project owner's contribution is required, however technical assistance, such as e.g. consulting and software, can be supported with a grant up to 100 pct cent of the cost. (Source: Finland Ukraine Trust Fund, May, 2019) Contact: Finland Ukraine Trust Fund
Coordination and Management Consultant:
Project Director, Jarkko Olkinuora (Finland), +358 40 0805056, jarkko.Olkinuora@fcg.fi; Andrew Levkonyuk (Ukraine), +380 97 6405390, email@example.com; NEFCO, www.nefco.org
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Details have not been announced.
(Source: Belerus News, 14 May, 2019)
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The two island countries agreed that all Pacific Island countries must allow more flexibility in their economies, policies and infrastructures to consolidate the climate change fight.
Cook Island's Deputy Prime Minister Mark Brown called on all Pacific island countries to continue to work together to find avenues that can further mitigate climate change. (Source: FBC News, 11 May, 2019)
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Leominster, which scored $25,000, will share in $725,000 granted to the 27 communities, bringing the number of communities in the program to 184, or half of all Massachusetts municipalities.
The grant and designation program provides communities with technical support, climate change data and planning tools to identify hazards and develop strategies to improve resilience.
(Source: City of Leominster, Sentinel & Enterprise, 4 May, 2019)Contact: Mass. Municipal Vulnerability Prepardness Program, www.mass.gov/municipal-vulnerability-preparedness-mvp-program
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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:
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
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The study notes an estimated $1.7 26 trillion per year must be invested in climate-change mitigation and adaptation measures and to construct disaster-resilient infrastructure in developing Asia.
(Source: Asian Development Bank, ANI Siasat Daily, April, 2019)Contact: Asian Development Bank, +63 2 632 4444, www.adb.org
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The research project's ultimate goal is to drive the re-allocation of capital away from carbon-intensive activities to lower-carbon assets in order to significantly reduce emissions and adverse impacts on the environment and of climate change.
The shared vision of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative is to limit global warming emissions to keep global average temperature increase below 3.6 degrees F (2 degrees C) above pre-industrial levels, to protect the planet from climate change and promote human prosperity and health. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has calculated that to have an 80 pct chance of attaining this 3.6 degrees F limit, an additional $36 trillion in clean energy investment would be needed between 2014 and 2050 -- about $1 trillion per year more than is currently invested.
(Source: MIT Sloan School of Management, PR, Mar., 2019)
Contact: MIT Sloan School of Management, Jason Jay, Director of the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative, www.mitsloan.mit.edu; MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative, mitsloan.mit.edu/sustainability; William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Marilyn Waite, Program Officer, www.hewlett.org
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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
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Eligible projects may focus on reducing carbon footprints, saving energy, improving soil health, increasing irrigation capacity and emphasizing water management to mitigate the effects of drought, as well as heavy rainfall and flooding, on crops and livestock, according to a news release from Cuomo's office.
The funding is available through the New York Climate Resilient Farming grant program, via the state's Environmental Protection Fund.
Cuomo's office is calling for an additional $5 million for Climate Resilient Farming program projects.
(Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Times Herald, 12 Mar., 2019)Contact: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov, https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo
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To deal with that eventuality, the city has developed a Climate Justice Plan that pledges to make the city carbon neutral by 2050. To meet that goalthe city plans to slash building emissions which alone account for 71 pct of emissions in Providence. To reduce electricity use, the plan proposes a wholesale switch to renewable energy by 2050. This includes expanding rooftop solar installations, local microgrids, battery backup, and regional renewable energy power-purchase agreements. Emissions from heating will be reduced with enhanced energy-efficiency standards, green building codes, and the phasing out natural-gas use, according to the plan.
The Climate Justice Plan guarantees "social equity" to ensure that all of the city's business and residential regions benefit equally from climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts and programs. .The plan was developed with input from the city's Racial and Environmental Justice Committee, a collaboration between the city, the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, and Groundwork Rhode Island.
The Climate Justice Plan proposes cleaning up the port by reducing emissions from vessels and eliminating the import and storage of hazardous and polluting material by 2040. A fee on fossil fuels shipped to the port and emissions produced there would be spent on environmental justice needs and climate-change adaptation along the waterfront.
Download Climate Justice Plan details HERE. (Source: Providence Office of Sustainability, ecoRI, 28 Jan., 2019) Contact: Providence Office of Sustainability, 401-680-5000, www.providenceri.gov/sustainability
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"New Zealand and the UK reaffirm a joint commitment to work with Pacific Island countries, which are uniquely affected by the impacts of climate change, to take action to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, reduce vulnerability and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change.
"The Paris Agreement, signed and ratified by all Pacific Island countries, set the goals of holding the increase in the global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperatures increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
"Pacific countries -- including those with medium to high per capita GDP -- continue to suffer from diseconomies of scale, external economic shocks, uncertainty caused by future climate impacts and catastrophic climatic events. The UK and New Zealand recognize that individual and coordinated action is required to address the vulnerabilities of Pacific Island countries to support their sustainable and prosperous future.
"The UK and New Zealand are committed to supporting international action to address issues of oceans, access to development and climate finance, advice on climate induced migration and issues around climate induced insecurity across the Pacific.
"The UK will open three new diplomatic posts in the Pacific next year -- Vanuatu, Samoa and Tonga -- and a new UK regional development expert will be based in Fiji from 2019 onwards. These new UK posts will work with New Zealand and like minded partners to maximize the impact of multilateral spending to address Pacific Island Countries' vulnerability to climate risks."
(Source: UK Department for Business, Energy
& Industrial Strategy, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: UK Department for
Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy
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If fully supported by governments, the private sector and citizens, the Kigali Amendment will avoid up to 0.4 degrees C of global warming this century while continuing to protect the ozone layer. The amendment will substantively contribute to the goals of the COP15, Paris Climate Agreement.
The parties to the amendment have put in place practical arrangements for its implementation, including agreements on technologies for the destruction of HFCs and new data reporting requirements and tools. The amendment comes with provisions for capacity-building for developing countries, institutional strengthening and the development of national strategies to reduce HFCs and replace them with alternatives. Phasing down HFCs under the Kigali Amendment may also open a window to redesign refrigeration equipment that is more energy efficient, further increasing the climate gains.
Implementation of new targets set out in the amendment will be done in three phases, with a group of developed countries starting HFCs phase-down from 2019. Developing countries will follow with a freeze of HFCs consumption levels in 2024 and with a few countries freezing consumption in 2028.
Evidence presented in the latest Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion finds that the ozone layer in parts of the stratosphere has recovered at a rate of 1-3 pct per decade since 2000. At projected rates, Northern Hemisphere and mid-latitude ozone is scheduled to heal completely by the 2030s followed by the Southern Hemisphere in the 2050s and polar regions by 2060.
The UN Environment Ozone Secretariat is the Secretariat for the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The Secretariat facilitates and supports the parties to the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol and other stakeholders in implementing actions to protect and heal the ozone layer and contribute to climate change mitigation.
Download the Scientific Assessment of
Ozone Depletion: 2018 Executive Summary HERE. (Source: UN Environment Ozone Secretariat, World Meteorological Organization , UN Environment, 3 Dec., 2019) Contact: UN Environment Ozone Secretariat, https://ozone.unep.org
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The UWI SRM project, which received Developing World Impacts Modelling Analysis (DECIMALS) grant funding,would involve blocking out a small amount of sunlight to cool the Earth by spraying reflective particles into the upper atmosphere. If successful, the study results could be important in regional climate change mitigation and adaptation planning. rejected, according to the UWI release.
. Through the DECIMALS grant, the research group from the UWI, Mona, will work alongside teams in Argentina, Bangladesh, Benin, Indonesia, Iran, Ivory Coast, and South Africa, and with some of the world's leading SRM modelling experts, ultimately publishing their findings at the end of 2020.
DECIMALS was set up by the Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (SRMGI), a non-governmental project founded in 2010 by Environmental Defense Fund, The World Academy of Sciences, and the Royal Society.
(Source: University of the West Indies, Jamaica Gleaner, 3 Jan., 2019) Contact: University of the West Indies, Dr Leonardo Clarke, principal investigator, (876) 927-1660-9 Exts. 2336/2339
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As part of its continuing compliance, CGSA has set-up a team to verify and create mechanisms to lower the port's industrial emissions, and has also
sponsored the preservation of 10,000 hectares of mangrove forests and 4,600 hectares of native forests as part of its carbon emissions-climate change mitigation efforts.
(Source: Port Strategy, 3 Jan, 2019) Contact: Sambito SA, +593 (2) 246 602, www.sambito.com.ec; Contecon Guayaquil, +593 4-600-6300, www.cgsa.com.ec/inicio.aspx
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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
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While the agency previously subsidized projects for energy conservation and carbon reduction, this is its first funding project for climate action research in line with the Taiwanese government's 2015 Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Management Act.
(Source: Taiwan EPA,Taipei Times, Nov., 2018)Contact: Taiwan EPA, www.epa.gov.tw/mp.asp?mp=epaen
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According to the study, eelgrass organic carbon stocks were comparable to organic carbon stocks of tropical seagrass species, as well as mangroves, salt marshes and terrestrial ecosystems. The researchers also found that on average, eelgrass meadows stored 27.2 tons of organic carbon per hectare, although the variation between the regions was considerable
In the marine systems, the blue carbon species alone account for up to 33 pct of the total oceanic CO2 uptake. In contrast to terrestrial soils, which usually store carbon up to decades, the carbon stored in blue carbon ecosystems may persist for timescales of millennia or longer and thus, contribute significantly to climate change mitigation and alleviation of the rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations. Despite the importance of these ecosystems, to date, none of them are included in the global carbon trading programmes. Alarmingly, in the past 50 years, at least one-third of the distribution area of coastal vegetated ecosystems has been lost. (Source: Abo Akademi University, Public Press Release, 31 Oct., 2018) Contact: Abo Akademi University, Christoffer Bostrom ,
Associate Professor in Environmental and Marine Biology, +358 50 431 8226, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.abo.fi
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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, email@example.com,
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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
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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
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Forty-six pct of the issue was distributed in Europe, Middle East and Africa and 28 pct in the Americas and 26 pct in Asia. Thirty-one pct of the issuance was purchased by banks, 25 pct by insurance companies and pension funds, 24 pct by central banks and official institutions, and 20 pct by fund managers.
ADB issued its first US dollar-denominated green bond in 2015.
ADB's financing of climate mitigation and adaptation reached a record $4.5 billion in 2017 and the institution is now in position to achieve its US$6 billion annual climate financing target by 2020.
Of the total $6 billion, $4 billion will be dedicated to mitigation through scaling up support for renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transport and building smart cities, while $2 billion will be for adaptation through more resilient infrastructure, climate-smart agriculture and better preparation for climate-related disasters.
ADB plans to raise around $23 billion from the capital markets in 2018. (Source: ADB, The Asset ESGForum, 23 Sept., 2018) Contact: Asian Development Bank, +63 2 632 4444, www.adb.org
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Funds from the placement will be applied to green projects addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation, water and natural resources depletion and the reduction of air pollution. (Source: Ireland National Treasury Management Agency, Renewables, Sept., 2018) Contact:
Ireland National Treasury Management Agency,
Frank O'connor, Director of Funding and Debt Management, +353 1 238 4000,
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Funding state programs to meet mitigation goals and to bring resources to help in planning and implementing measures to counter sea level rise and other climate-related impacts. (Source: Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission, Maui News, 9 Sept., 2018) Contact: Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission, www.climateadaptation.hawaii.gov/commission
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Participants at the forum, called Pathways to Climate-Resilient Decarbonized Critical Infrastructure in the 21st Century, will examine critical infrastructure, prioritizing climate change mitigation and adaptation, challenges and opportunities for scaling up private investments in climate-resilience, and the insurance industry's role as underwriters, risk managers and investors.
Invited guests include government officials and political leaders, chief investment officers and chief risk officers from the global re/insurance and financial sectors, as well as senior officials of international development banks and the United Nations.
(Source: Intact Financial Corporation, Insurance & Investment Journal, 4 Sept., 2018) Contact: Sun Life Financial, www.sunlife.ca;
Intact Financial Corporation, www.intactfc.com; The Geneva Association, www.genevaassociation.org
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PICS' collaborative research approach is based on active engagement between solutions seekers, researchers and PICS to create timely, relevant research that can be actively implemented by users. This approach aims to contribute to climate solutions by bringing together the necessary knowledge, expertise, skills, and networks to solve pressing problems and realize opportunities.
The program aligns with the PICS mandate to contribute to effective mitigation and adaptation policies and actions in BC and beyond by linking leading evidence-based, climate solutions research with partners and users.
Opportunity projects possess potential for impact in climate change mitigation and adaptation including emerging and novel issues. We welcome proposals across broad disciplines potentially involving more than one principle investigator and multiple graduate-level and postdoctoral researchers.
With a commitment to build human resource capacity in BC, the program mandates participation by research faculty at one of our four collaborating universities with half of funds granted allocated to support graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The program is open to researchers in BC and beyond. The deadline for application is Oct. 15, 2018.
The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions is a research and engagement network oriented toward delivering high-impact climate solutions that can be applied by users. Our four collaborating research universities in BC are University of Victoria, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Northern British Columbia. PICS’ mandate is to produce leading evidence-based, climate solutions research that can be actively used by decision-makers to develop effective mitigation and adaptation policies and actions. (Source: Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, PR, 13 Aug., 2018) Contact: Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, (250) 853-3595,
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At least seven states have proposed carbon pricing legislation. Carbon pricing is basically this broad term for putting a price on CO2 emissions. It includes things like a carbon tax or a cap and trade program. Alaska's draft plan recommends the state should think about endorsing a national strategy to put a price on carbon while also taking steps to implement its own carbon tax. The most commonly talked about ways that could work is, as fuel comes out of the ground, oil and gas companies would pay a fee. And that cash would be used to help fund various energy efficiency projects and more studies to better understand the impacts of climate change.
Stump harvesting means an intensification of forest management in comparison with stem-only harvesting. Before large-scale extraction of stumps from managed forests can be recommended the environmental impact and sustainability of such a practice -- including the climate change mitigation potential, impacts on long-term forest growth, impacts on soils and surrounding waters, and impacts on biodiversity -- must be considered, according to the report.
(Source: Advanced Science News, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences,
28 July, 2018) Contact: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Gustaf Egnell, +46-90-786 8455, +46-70-342 7586,
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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
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