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Energy-efficient lights can save countries billions, massively cut emissions – UN report

By : sustainabilityo..., Dec 2, 2010

 Countries across the world can massively reduce their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and save billions of dollars in energy costs, according to a United Nations report released today at a major climate change conference in Mexico.

The 100 Country Lighting Assessment,...

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U.N. climate talks must solve forest carbon riddle

By : sustainabilityo..., Dec 2, 2010

U.N. climate talks will struggle to agree new greenhouse gas targets next month unless they can solve a complex loophole where developed countries currently ignore emissions from logging plantation forests.

Environment ministers from almost 200 countries will gather in...

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U.N. panel issues 20 million carbon offsets

By : sustainabilityo..., Dec 1, 2010

A United Nations panel overseeing trade in carbon offsets under the Kyoto Protocol decided late on Friday to issue 20 million tonnes of offsets, the information company Point Carbon reported.

The panel, known as the executive board, oversees a...

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UN outlines green-house gas emissions gap

By : sustainabilityo..., Nov 24, 2010

A new United Nations-led report says that nations can deliver almost 60 per cent of the emissions reductions needed to keep global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius only if the pledges made at last year's Copenhagen climate change conference are fully met.

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Climate costs set to rise, technology can help: U.N.

By : sustainabilityo..., Nov 23, 2010

Costs of combating global warming will rise inexorably if the world fails to cap greenhouse gases by 2015, but new technologies can curb the price, the head of the U.N. climate panel said on Monday.

Rajendra Pachauri also told Reuters he felt "reasonably optimistic"...

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Tiny U.N. climate fund could take bigger role: chair

By : sustainabilityo..., Nov 17, 2010

A tiny U.N. fund that is starting to help developing nations adapt to climate change could expand to manage part of a planned $100 billion aid mechanism to be debated at U.N. talks in Mexico, the chair of the fund said.

Developing nations reckon the existing Adaptation...

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Climate science "under-reported" at 2009 U.N. summit

By : sustainabilityo..., Nov 15, 2010

Less than 10 percent of the articles written about last year's Copenhagen climate summit dealt primarily with the science of climate change, a study showed on Monday.

Based on analysis of 400 articles written about the December 2009 summit, the authors of the report...

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Climate tech-sharing deal possible: officials

By : sustainabilityo..., Nov 11, 2010

Next month's crucial U.N. climate summit can yield agreement on a system for transferring funds and technology to developing nations — but only if intellectual property issues are left for later, officials said Wednesday.

Mexico's Environment Minister Juan Elvira...

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Training scheme aims to 'green' UN peacekeeping operations

By : sustainabilityo..., Nov 10, 2010

As part of a concerted effort to 'green' UN peacekeeping operations, an intensive training programme for UN peacekeeping missions on environmental matters is taking place at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi.

According to the 2009 UN Greenhouse Gas inventory, UN Field...

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UN calls for emission, transport taxes

By : Preeti Aggarwal, Nov 8, 2010

A top UN panel has called for increased taxes on carbon emissions and air and sea transport to raise $100 billion a year for poor nations to combat climate change.

The group led by the prime ministers of Norway and Ethiopia also proposed a tax on international...

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