The Eighteenth PEP Meeting was held in Berlin, Germany, from 14 to 16 May 2013. The event's theme: "Building an Inclusive Green Economy for all and moving towards Sustainable Development Goals, with special focus on urbanization and employment."
Like most African countries, Kenya is highly vulnerable to the impact of climate change. There is growing concern about potential stress on fragile ecosystems and rural communities, especially in the arid and semi-arid agro-ecological zones and some humid highland areas of the country.
Turkey is well known as one of the cradles of human civilization, bridging Europe and Asia. But it is also home to a rich array of plant, animal and other species, with three globally recognized biodiversity hotspots. Caring for its natural resources, in the face of a worldwide decline in species, is a national and global priority.
Instead of a deforestation clock, CIFOR is now introducing a World Forests Clock on its homepage, counting five key flows instead of a single number. With this new clock we are proposing a more comprehensive perspective on forests and forestry to stimulate thought and dialogue.
ADB and USAID have jointly organized the Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) since 2006, with the aim of sharing best practices in policy, technology, and finance to meet the region's climate and energy security challenges. More than 830 people from 55 countries attended the 2012 Forum, which was comprised of 32 sessions and 9 side events.
In 2013, ACEF will take a fresh new approach to improve the effectiveness and outcomes of the week’s discussions. Unlike previous years, the 2013 ACEF will incorporate many of the previous side events into the main body of the Forum. This will allow for a more focused and condensed set of discussions on each of six key thematic areas: policy, finance, energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy access, and emerging technologies.
20 Swedish companies have today, as the first national business group in the world, adopted four core principles on how they jointly contribute to sustainable development and poverty reduction in the global work done with new development after 2015. Sustainability must permeate operations and business models. The companies also stress the importance of creating more and better jobs, systematically reducing environmental impact, and to fight corruption and unethical business practices. CEOs of some of the leading companies endorsed the principles at a round table meeting at Sida in Stockholm today.
This publication provides a step-by-step methodological approach to help project teams assess and incorporate climate change adaptation measures into energy investment projects. While the focus of the guidelines is at the project level, an improved understanding of climate change impacts should also be used to incorporate climate change considerations into energy planning and policy at the country level.
Within a few decades rising world temperatures will create food shortages in Sub-Saharan Africa and leave some parts of Asia flooded while other areas will not have enough drinking water. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim says the world must mitigate climate change as he reveals key findings of Turn Down the Heat: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts, and Case for Resilience, a scientific report on the expected rise of global temperatures by 2 degrees by 2040.
Singaporeans reduced military training exercises, kept cough-stricken children indoors and wore protective masks to work after a smoky haze triggered by forest fires in neighbouring Indonesia caused air pollution to hit its worst level in nearly 16 years.
A new climate report looks at likely impacts of present day, 2°C, and 4°C warming across Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and South East Asia.