Atmosphere

This section deals with the impacts of climate change on ozone loss, which is projected to surpass that caused by chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in the upcoming decades. In addition, considering that ozone-depleting substances are also potent greenhouse gases, issues covered include those related to efforts carried out under the Montreal Protocol, notably the phase-out of CFCs, which is greatly reducing emissions of carbon dioxide equivalent and delaying climate change.

IEA Releases 2014 Insights on Energy, Climate Change and Environment [viewed]

IEA10 December 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) addresses the interconnections between climate change policies and the global energy sector in its report 'Energy, Climate Change and Environment: 2014 Insights.' The report presents: ways to retire high-emission assets, such as coal plants; important lessons for designing an emissions trading system (ETS); examples of co-managing air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; and trends in energy metrics.

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UNEP Live Tracker Provides Information to Track Progress on GEGs, SDGs [viewed]

UNEPNovember 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the Global Environment Goals (GEG) Live Tracker website to provide information on progress towards achieving internationally-agreed environmental goals and objectives and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The website aims to better inform decision-makers and the public on progress towards the goals and information available for monitoring them.

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US$413 Million Pledged at Cookstoves Future Summit [viewed]

Clean Cookstoves21 November 2014: The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves's inaugural pledging event, the Cookstoves Future Summit, raised more than US$400 million for clean cooking technologies over three years. The pledges come from a diverse range of stakeholders, including governments, UN agencies, the private sector and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and address a range of actions, including affordability and access, awareness and behavior change, monitoring and standards and technology.

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EEA Report Examines Costs of Industrial Air Pollution [viewed]

EEANovember 2014: Air pollution from Europe's industrial facilities cost the region between €59-189 billion in 2012, with 1% of facilities responsible for 50% of the damage, according to a report by the European Environment Agency (EEA). ‘Costs of Air Pollution from European Industrial Facilities 2008-2012' presents damage cost estimates to health and the environment caused by air pollutants emitted from Europe's industrial facilities.

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World Bank, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Form Partnership [viewed]

global cookstoves-wb21 November 2014: The World Bank Group and Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves have teamed up to support the goal of helping 100 million households adopt clean and efficient cooking appliances by 2020. Under the 'Efficient Clean Cooking and Heating Partnership,' the World Bank has committed to mobilizing US$60 million to aid the Alliance in its work. The Partnership is a five-year endeavor that will support in-country programmes being run by both the Alliance and the Bank.

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Sustainable Transport Advisory Group Sets Priority Areas, 3-Year Work Plan [viewed]

United Nations18 November 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport has agreed on priority areas and a work plan for its three-year term. The Advisory Group agreed to consider the potential for sustainable transport to contribute to poverty alleviation, sustainable urbanization and sustainable growth, among other topics, and to promote the integration of sustainable transport in relevant intergovernmental processes, including the post-2015 development agenda.

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US, China Announce Emissions Targets [viewed]

china_us_flag11 November 2014: The US and China have released a joint announcement on climate change on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Beijing, China.

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Event: Cookstoves Future Summit [viewed]

Hosted by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, the Cookstoves Future Summit will seek to secure financial commitments for the Alliance and the broader clean cooking sector by bringing together high-level leaders from donor and implementing governments, UN agencies and international organizations to celebrate progress in the adoption of clean cooking solutions and stimulate further efforts in the area. The event will be co-chaired by former US Secretary of State and the Alliance's Leadership Council Honorary Chair Hillary Clinton, together with high-level government officials from the UK, Norway, Ghana and the US. Expected outcomes of the meeting include commitments from governments, corporations, foundations, investors and other actors to mobilize the clean cooking sector and advance cost-effective market-based policies and programmes to reduce the use of traditional cookstoves. During the event, the Alliance will also launch the final roadmap for its second phase.  

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African Countries Adopt Sustainable Transport Framework [viewed]

africa-sustinable-transport30 October 2014: Senior officials representing over 42 African countries have adopted a framework for a transition to sustainable transport, with a view to curbing air pollution, boosting the use of sustainable fuels and improving road safety. The roadmap aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the use of low-emission non-motorized transport, and increasing the quality of public transport and investment in clean technologies.

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Senior Arctic Officials Prepare for Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting [viewed]

Arctic Council23 October 2014: The Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) and Heads of Delegation of Indigenous Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council met to assess overall progress toward the priorities set under the Canadian Chairmanship. SAO Chair, Vincent Rigby, noted that the productive meeting would yield a "rich set of recommendations" for the Arctic Council Ministers to consider. Notably, SAOs approved a report outlining concrete recommendations for reducing woodstove black carbon emissions.

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