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UNFCCC Report summarizes 2009 UN Climate Change Conference.
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)    D-53153 Bonn   Germany
April 8, 2010 UN Climate Change Secretariat published results of last year's UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Report details outcomes of UNFCCC Conference of Parties at its 15th session and Conference of Parties serving as meeting of Parties to Kyoto Protocol on its 5th session. Since closing of conference, UNFCCC has received submissions of national pledges to cut or limit emissions of greenhouse gases by 2020 from 75 parties, which together account for more than 80% of global emissions from energy use.
UN Climate Change Negotiations to take place in April.
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)    D-53153 Bonn   Germany
April 8, 2010 Following conference in Copenhagen, next round of formal UN climate change negotiations under UNFCCC is scheduled to take place April 9-11 in Bonn, Germany. According to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer, decision to intensify negotiating schedule underlines commitment by governments to move negotiations forward towards success in Cancun. This is further strengthened by number of countries that have written to the secretariat with their country communications since Copenhagen.
UNFCCC receives climate change pledges following Copenhagen talks.
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)    D-53153 Bonn   Germany
April 8, 2010 Fifty-five countries that account for 78% of global emissions from energy use have submitted national pledges to UNFCCC to cut and limit greenhouse gases by 2020. Pledges were received following conclusion of climate change talks in Copenhagen. "They are clear signals of willingness to move negotiations towards successful conclusion," said Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of UNFCCC. Next round of formal negotiations is scheduled for end of May, 2010, in Bonn, Germany.
El Niño is in Decline but impacts may continue until Mid-2010.
World Meteorological Organization    Geneva 2   Switzerland
April 8, 2010 El Niño event, which started in June 2009, continues to have widespread impacts. Effects have been seen in basin-wide Pacific Ocean conditions as well as climate patterns around world. Most likely outcome by mid-year 2010 is for El Niño to have decayed and near-neutral conditions to be re-established across tropical Pacific. Even during its decay over next few months, conditions associated with El Niño will continue to influence climate patterns at least through second quarter of year.
WMO celebrates 60 yr of service to human safety.
World Meteorological Organization    Geneva 2   Switzerland
April 8, 2010 On World Meteorological Day, March 23, 2010, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) celebrated theme, WMO - 60 Years of Service for Your Safety and Well-Being. Event was celebrated by National Meteorological and Hydrological Services in 189 member states/territories. Achievements of WMO include alerts on thinning ozone layer/climate change and work on early weather warning systems. Organization held ceremony at Geneva headquarters which included presentation by Dr. Osvaldo F. Canziani.
Technological Collaboration formed to build artificial trees.
The Earth Institute, Columbia University    New York, NY 10027
April 8, 2010 Columbia University and Global Research Technologies (GRT) have entered collaboration and licensing agreement for technology that extracts CO2 from atmosphere. Expectations are that, within 2 years, units would capture up to 1 ton of CO2 per day. Deemed synthetic trees, technology uses proprietary resins and processes to absorb CO2 from air at rates exceeding that of natural trees. With predicted lifespan of 15 years, products will consume minimal energy during carbon capture process.
Hydrothermal Vents have been located off Antarctica.
The Earth Institute, Columbia University    New York, NY 10027
April 8, 2010 Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has found evidence of hydrothermal vents on seafloor near Antarctica. By analyzing thousands of oceanographic measurements, geochemist Gisela Winckler and her Lamont colleagues pinpointed 6 spots on remote Pacific Antarctic Ridge - approximately 2,000 miles from New Zealand and 1,000 miles from west coast of Antarctica - where vents are likely to be found. Those sites are described in published paper in Geophysical Research Letters journal.
EPA proposes adding 16 chemicals to TRI list.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
April 8, 2010 Established as part of Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, Toxics Release Inventory list of reportable chemicals is a publicly available EPA database that contains information on toxic chemical releases and waste management activities reported annually by certain industries as well as federal facilities. EPA is proposing to add 16 chemicals to list and has concluded, based on review of available studies, that these chemicals could cause cancer in people.
African Plan of Action devised to protect Indian Ocean.
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)    Washington, DC 20006
April 8, 2010 Ministers and representatives of 10 African countries that share Western Indian Ocean signed agreement to protect their marine environment. Cooperatively devised, this 25-year program of action aims to ensure efficient management of marine and coastal environment in larger Eastern and Southern African regions. Specific issues addressed include increasing pollution of coastal waters, destruction/degradation of critical habitats, and challenges resulting from global climate change.
UNEP launches IEA training materials at GEO-5 event.
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)    Washington, DC 20006
April 8, 2010 UNEP launched Integrated Environmental Assessment (IEA) Training Package alongside First Global Intergovernmental and Multi-stakeholder Consultation on the Fifth Global Environment Outlook Report (GEO-5), in Nairobi, Kenya. Package includes training manual; community platform; e-learning modules, with interactive online training; and trainers database, which provides access to international network of experts. Manual is available in 6 official UN languages.
CITES Conference ends without agreement on marine species.
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)    Washington, DC 20006
April 8, 2010 Intense 2-week meeting of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora closed without agreeing on new trade measures to protect marine species. However, over 150 governments adopted decisions to strengthen wildlife management for several reptiles, combat illegal trafficking in tigers and rhinos, and update trade rules for wide range of plant and animal species. During meeting, 24 proposals were accepted, 10 were rejected, and 7 were withdrawn.
NREL and 3M sign agreement on renewable energy research.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
April 7, 2010 U.S. Department of Energy's NREL announced series of Cooperative Research and Development Agreements with 3M that establish joint investigations in 3 key areas of innovation. Areas include moisture barrier films and flexible packaging for CIGS thin film solar cells; reflective coatings to protection and enhance performance of mirrors used in concentrating solar power; and alternatives to ethanol biofuel distillation that will increase throughput in production plants.
NREL to help California tackle solar energy grid integration.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
April 7, 2010 California Public Utilities Commission has tapped experts at NREL to help stimulate solar energy research and build sustainable solar industry. Commission awarded NREL $2,785,000 in California Solar Initiative Research, Development, Deployment, and Demonstration program grants. Laboratory will direct development of software that will optimize energy investments in residential retrofit market and lead project to analyze penetration levels of photovoltaics into state's electricity distribution grid.
RMMSDC Names NREL as corporation of the year.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
April 7, 2010 Minority business advocacy group named US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as its corporation of the year, citing contracts with and outreach towards minority-owned businesses. Award was determined by heads of minority-owned businesses who are members of Rocky Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (RMMSDC), which said NREL has provided needed opportunities to its members. "NREL has been a strong supporter," said RMMSDC President/CEO Stan Sena.
Heads of JODI review progress since 11th IEF Ministerial.
International Energy Agency (IEA)    Paris   France
April 7, 2010 Ahead of 12th International Energy Forum, Heads of JODI organizations met in Cancun to review progress made since 11th IEF Ministerial, and to discuss development of Initiative going forward. Joint Oil Data Initiative, a global source of statistics on oil production, trade, consumption and storage, can help mitigate volatility by providing transparency to market. Heads of JODI organizations call on participating countries to further improve completeness and quality of data they submit to JODI.
Report Details Projected Costs of generating electricity.
International Energy Agency (IEA)    Paris   France
April 7, 2010 Joint study by International Energy Agency (IEA) and OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), Projected Costs of Generating Electricity: 2010 Edition, concludes future electricity costs will depend on costs of raising financial capital and price of carbon. Presented by IEA Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka and NEA Director-General Luis Echávarri, report comprises latest data on costs of electricity generation for various fuels and technologies and establishes global benchmark for power supply costs.
IEA commends Italy on progress in energy policy.
International Energy Agency (IEA)    Paris   France
April 7, 2010 Energy Policies of IEA Countries - Italy 2009 Review acknowledges that Italy has succeeded in diversifying gas supply routes, added electricity generating capacity, and is in the process of further diversifying fuels for electricity generation. However, Review points out that country's energy sector needs integrated long-term vision and that it remains vulnerable in several respects, such as high dependency on electricity imports and long delays in infrastructure development.
CCX Integrates Best Practices into offset project protocols.
Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX)    Chicago, IL 60603
April 7, 2010 CCX® integrated internationally recognized best practices into offset project protocols. Specifically, ISO 14064-2:2006 and ISO 14064-3:2006 are integrated into project protocols, program guidance documentation, and processes. Further integration of best practice greenhouse gas accounting methods is also specified, as are enhancements to program forms and documentation. Various project management protocols have also been included.
T&E states that motor lobby attack on van CO2 law lacks credibility.
European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E)    Brussels   Belgium
April 7, 2010 According to T and E, some of Europe's biggest-selling vans are already close to meeting proposed EU CO2 targets for 2016 after making improvements in fuel efficiency this year. European Commission's proposal for binding CO2 targets for vans states that manufacturers should cut van emissions to 175 g of carbon dioxide per km by 2016. Meanwhile, car industry lobby continues to claim that EU proposals for binding reduction targets are unrealistic. That claim is not credible, says T and E.
Commitment to Green Electric Cars is needed in Europe.
European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E)    Brussels   Belgium
April 7, 2010 Independent report, commissioned jointly by Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace, and Transport and Environment, warned that putting more electric cars on the road could increase carbon emissions unless they run on green energy. The study warns that existing EU legislation on car emissions is flawed because it allows manufacturers to use sales of electric vehicles to offset continued production of gas-guzzling cars.

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