Climate Change

Our Ocean Conference Garners Over $800 Million in Ocean Conservation Commitments [viewed]

our-ocean17 June 2014: US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the US State Department's 'Our Ocean' conference resulted in more than US$800 million in government and private sector commitments to conserve the ocean and its resources. The conference aimed to develop strategies for protecting oceans through three pillars focused on: sustainable fisheries; marine pollution from land-based and ocean-based sources; and ocean acidification, as addressed in the ‘Our Ocean Action Plan.'

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UNEP's 'OurPlanet' Magazine Features UN Environment Assembly [viewed]

UNEPJune 2014: The theme of the June 2014 edition of the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) 'OurPlanet' magazine is 'The First United Nations Environment Assembly' (UNEA), which is taking place from 23-27 June 2014. Touching on many of the key items of discussion at UNEA, the edition explores issues such as the role of cities in combating climate change, environmental planning in China and renewable energy opportunities in Africa.

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UNEP Reports on Emerging Issues for SIDS [viewed]

Unep LogoJune 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled ‘Emerging Issues for Small Island Developing States (SIDS),' which provides an overview of 20 environmental issues and 15 socio-economic issues critical to the sustainable development of SIDS. The report discusses, among other challenges facing SIDS, biodiversity damage and loss and climate change, including sea level rise. The report highlights opportunities for SIDS to move towards a green economy, including through renewable energy resources and terrestrial and oceanic natural resources.

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Arctic Council to Produce Harmonized Map Covering Region [viewed]

CAFF18 June: The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the Arctic Council's biodiversity working group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to guide national mapping organizations in the Arctic in producing a harmonized map covering the entire Arctic region, with data on, inter alia, climate and biodiversity. The aim of the Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure (Arctic SDI) is to help harmonize, combine and integrate diverse data sets.

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Hutchison Medal Recognizes Ocean Fertilization Paper [viewed]

UNESCO IOC18 June 2014: The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) awarded the Hutchison medal to a team of authors for their paper, titled 'Ocean Fertilization for Geoengineering: A Review of Effectiveness, Environmental Impacts and Emerging Governance.' The award recognizes it as a "practical and wide-ranging, philosophical or thought-provoking" paper that will "stimulate further debate within the chemical engineering community."

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Event: 49th Meeting of the GEF Council [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meets twice per year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas. The Council also provides guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies.  

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World Day to Combat Desertification Event Focuses on Ecosystem-based Adaptation [viewed]

world_day_to_combat_desertification_201417 June 2014: The 2014 World Day to Combat Desertification global observance event focused on the theme of ecosystem-based adaptation, with a rallying call “Land Belongs to the Future – Let's Climate Proof It.”

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UNCCD Announces 35 Dryland Champions [viewed]

UNCCD logo17 June 2014: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced the Dryland Champions 2014. UNCCD selected the 35 Champions from Brazil, Eritrea, Peru and Portugal in recognition of their efforts on sustainable land management (SLM) practices and dedication to drylands.

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Event: Fourth Meeting of the Global Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

This meeting will discuss the main challenges and threats facing island and coastal biosphere reserves, including climate change; water, energy and food self‐sufficiency; natural disasters; and waste management. Participants will share their perspectives and experiences on the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves, including on potential ways to address challenges and threats to reserves. Representatives of island and coastal biosphere reserves from Australia, Chile, China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Haiti, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Maldives, Mauritius, Portugal, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Sao Tome and Principe, Saint Kitts and Nevis, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Yemen are expected to attend.  

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World Day to Combat Desertification 2014 Focuses on Ecosystem-Based Adaptation [viewed]

2014-world-day-to-combat-desertification17 June 2014: On the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), which is celebrated annually on 17 June, UN leaders highlighted the importance of the Day's theme, ecosystem-based adaptation, and its slogan ‘Land Belongs to the Future, Let's Climate Proof It.'

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