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Interim Framework for Effective Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning

Interim Framework for Effective Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning

Date: December 9, 2009
Creator: Council on Environmental Quality (U.S.)
Description: This report describes policy recommendations for coastal and marine spatial planning in order to protect ecosystems while continuing to allow economic activity.
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Proposed National Objectives, Principles and Standards for Water and Related Resources Implementation Studies

Proposed National Objectives, Principles and Standards for Water and Related Resources Implementation Studies

Date: December 3, 2009
Creator: Council on Environmental Quality (U.S.)
Description: This document reflects planning efforts by the Executive Office of the President to design federal policy for the use of water resources.
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Adaptation that Accelerates Development

Adaptation that Accelerates Development

Date: December 2009
Creator: United Nations Development Programme
Description: This brochure summarizes how the United Nations Development Programme promotes pro-poor and pro-growth adaptation that encourages sustainable economic development and livelihoods in the face of climate change.
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Our Planet : Climate Change - Copenhagen: seal the deal

Our Planet : Climate Change - Copenhagen: seal the deal

Date: December 2009
Creator: Lean, Geoffrey
Description: Our Planet is a periodical magazine published by the United Nations Environment Programme. This issue is devoted to the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference, know as the Copenhagen Summit, which sought an international agreement on climate change mitigation.
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United Nations Development Programme & Climate Change Adaptation - A Quarterly Update of Activities

United Nations Development Programme & Climate Change Adaptation - A Quarterly Update of Activities

Date: December 2009
Creator: United Nations Development Programme
Description: The newsletter includes updates on projects, performance indicators, impacts and results, and policy and mainstreaming announcements on UNDP's activities around the world in support of climate change adaptation.
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Annual Report on the Environment, the Sound Material-Cycle Society and the Biodiversity 2009

Annual Report on the Environment, the Sound Material-Cycle Society and the Biodiversity 2009

Date: November 2009
Creator: [Japan] Ministry of the Environment
Description: The white paper on comprehensive environmental policy describes the role of Japan's economy in a sound global environment. In the first part, the report describes current the environmental conditions of the Earth and of Japan, human activities in Japan and overseas, their environmental impacts, and the pathway to the environmental century. The second part of the white paper reports on various measures.
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Arctic Climate Feedbacks: Global Implications Executive Summary

Arctic Climate Feedbacks: Global Implications Executive Summary

Date: November 2009
Creator: Sommerkorn, Martin & Hassol, Susan Joy
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.China’s Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change —The Progress Report 2009

.China’s Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change —The Progress Report 2009

Date: November 1, 2009
Creator: National Development and Reform Commission
Description: Chinese government published the White Paper on China’s Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change, stating the policies and actions that the country had adopted for addressing climate change as well as the progresses. To follow up, this report will briefly describe the latest progresses that China has achieved in addressing climate change since 2008.
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Japan-U.S. Joint Message on Climate Change Negotiations

Japan-U.S. Joint Message on Climate Change Negotiations

Date: November 2009
Creator: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Description: A joint message on Climate Change Negotiations between Japan and U.S.
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Major Tipping Points in Earth’s Climate System and Consequences for the Insurance Sector Summary

Major Tipping Points in Earth’s Climate System and Consequences for the Insurance Sector Summary

Date: October 2010
Creator: World Wild Fund
Description: The focus of climate change mitigation policy to date has been on "preventing dangerous anthropogenic interference with Earth's climate system". There is no global agreement or scientific consensus for delineating ‘dangerous’ from ‘acceptable’ climate change but limiting global average temperature rise to 2 °C above pre-industrial levels has emerged as a focus for international and national policymakers.
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Major Tipping Points in the Earth’s Climate System and Consequences for the Insurance Sector

Major Tipping Points in the Earth’s Climate System and Consequences for the Insurance Sector

Date: November 2009
Creator: Prof. Lenton, Tim; Footitt, Anthony & Dr. Andrew Dlugolecki, Andlug Consulting
Description: A 2°C rise in temperature from pre-industrial levels has been widely regarded as a tipping point for planet earth. Major Tipping Points in Earth's Climate System and Consequences for the Insurance Sector argues instead that sudden volatile transformations in earth's climate will occur long before this 2°C threshold is reached.
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Making choices over China: EU-China co-operation on energy and climate

Making choices over China: EU-China co-operation on energy and climate

Date: November 2009
Creator: Nick Mabey
Description: Effective EU-China co-operation is critical to delivering a good deal at Copenhagen and to ensuring ongoing progress towards global decarbonisation. Europe and China are economically and politically interdependent, and have strikingly similar energy and climate change policies. As its largest investor, trade partner and provider of technology, Europe has a strong stake in China’s success.The EU and China should increase the status of energy and climate change in their bilateral relationship. This will require the progressive alignment of the EU’s and the individual member-states climate policies towards China, behind a common European strategy. The 2009 EU-China summit must deliver agreement on some key flagship co-operation projects in order to build China’s trust in the EU as an effective partner.
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Projections of Global Emissions of Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases in 2050

Projections of Global Emissions of Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases in 2050

Date: November 2009
Creator: Gschrey, Barbara; Schwarz, Winfried & Öko-Recherche
Description: This is the result of a German study which underlines once more the urgent need for measures to reduce F-gas emissions. Global emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases) will increase to 4 gigatonnes of CO2 equivalents by 2050 if no political mitigation measures are taken. The contribution of F-gases to global warming is projected to grow from 1.3% (2004) to 7.9% of total direct CO2 emissions.
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Unleashing renewable energy power in developing countries: Proposal for a global renewable energy policy fund

Unleashing renewable energy power in developing countries: Proposal for a global renewable energy policy fund

Date: November 2009
Creator: World Future Council
Description: The document argues that renewable energy policies have not been implemented in the developing world due to financial costs, and also that the Clean Developing Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol has been ineffective. The document proposes the use of Feed-In Tariff policies, and the use of a renewable energy policy fund.
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Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance

Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance

Date: October 5, 2009
Creator: United States. President (2009- : Obama)
Description: This executive order establishes sustainability and energy efficiency as priorities in the operations of the federal government.
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Fast Facts: Climate Change and UNDP

Fast Facts: Climate Change and UNDP

Date: October 2009
Creator: United Nations Environment Programme
Description: Making poverty history and tackling climate change go hand-in-hand because receding forests, changing rainfall patterns and rising sea levels trap people in hardship and undermine their future. Studies in Ethiopia show that children exposed to drought in early childhood are 36 percent more likely to be malnourished five years later.
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The Greater Mekong and Climate Change: Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Development at Risk

The Greater Mekong and Climate Change: Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Development at Risk

Date: October 2009
Creator: WWF Greater Mekong Programme
Description: This document addresses climate change adaptation issues in the Greater Mekong countries. It also presents the WWF's call for an Asia’s first regional climate change adaptation agreement, that should help Greater Mekong nations prepare for the inevitable impacts of climate change.
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Improving Market Access for Dryland Commodities in East Africa: Synthesis Report

Improving Market Access for Dryland Commodities in East Africa: Synthesis Report

Date: October 2009
Creator: Dawson, John
Description: The report is based on the findings of a baseline survey carried out in four cross-border sites of global biodiversity significance in East Africa. The survey aimed to establish which dryland commodities might have sufficient market potential to lead to an improvement in livelihoods, while enabling sustainable natural resource development; and to identify processes by which this might be achieved.
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Synthesis Report on Observations, Projections, and Impact Assessments of Climate Change: Climate Change and Its Impacts in Japan

Synthesis Report on Observations, Projections, and Impact Assessments of Climate Change: Climate Change and Its Impacts in Japan

Date: October 2009
Creator: Japan Meteorological Agency
Description: The Japan synthesis report includes causes of global warming, the current state and future of global warming, the impacts of and adaptation to climate change, and methodologies for observing and projecting climate change and impact.
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A Transportation Research Program for Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change and Conserving Energy Special Report 299

A Transportation Research Program for Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change and Conserving Energy Special Report 299

Date: October 2009
Creator: Committee for Study on Transportation Research Programs to Address Energy and Climate Change
Description: This report from the Transportation Research Board suggests that federal, state, and local policy makers need informed guidance about the effectiveness, costs, feasibility, and acceptability of transportation strategies to mitigate transportation greenhouse gas emissions, to conserve energy, and to adapt to climate change. The report covers strategies affecting travel and mode choice, models and decision tools, infrastructure investment options and infrastructure construction, operation, and maintenance. The report recommends beginning a research and development initiative by making a modest investment of $40 million to $45 million annually in the next surface transportation authorization that would be used to develop the best available guidance quickly on the basis of existing information and then begin to improve that guidance over time as new research is completed.
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Interim Report of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force

Interim Report of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force

Date: September 10, 2009
Creator: United States. Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force.
Description: This report discusses the direction of a national policy to protect oceans, coasts, and the Great Lakes while coordinating with national security and foreign policy interests. The priorities include ecosystem restoration, water quality, resiliency to climate change and acidification, and improved environmental observation systems.
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Our Changing Planet: The U.S. Climate Change Science Program for Fiscal Year 2010

Our Changing Planet: The U.S. Climate Change Science Program for Fiscal Year 2010

Date: September 2009
Creator: U.S. Global Change Research Program and Subcommittee on Global Change Research
Description: The report describes the activities and plans of the Climate Change Science Program (CCSP), which incorporates the U.S. Global Change Research Program established under the Global Change Research Act of 1990, and the Climate Change Research Initiative that was established by the President in 2001. CCSP coordinates and integrates scientific research on climate and global change supported by 13 participating departments and agencies of the U.S. Government. The document highlights recent advances and progress supported by CCSP-participating agencies in each of the program's research and observational elements, as called for in the Strategic Plan for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program released in July 2003, and later modified in the 2008 CCSP Revised Research Plan. The document also describes how observational and predictive capabilities are being improved and used to create tools to support decisionmaking at local, regional, and national scales to cope with environmental variability and change.
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Our Planet : Sustainable Transport - on the right track

Our Planet : Sustainable Transport - on the right track

Date: September 2009
Creator: Lean, Geoffrey
Description: Our Planet is a periodical magazine published by the United Nations Environment Programme. This issue is devoted to policies meant to reduce the carbon emissions from cars, trucks, and planes by converting fleets to cleaner, renewable fuels, and by moving government subsidies from highway infrastructure to public transportation.
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UGEC Viewpoints, No. 2, September 2009

UGEC Viewpoints, No. 2, September 2009

Date: September 2009
Creator: Urbanization and Global Environmental Change Project
Description: Urbanization is a global phenomenon that has transformed and continues to alter landscapes and the ways in which societies function and develop. For this issue of UGEC Viewpoints, the editors collected case-studies presented at the Open Meeting that span across regions and themes: from Australia and the United States, as well as the less developed nations in Africa, megacities of Asia such as Dhaka, Bangladesh and Delhi, India, vulnerable coastal areas of the Yucatan Peninsula, and the largest rainforest in the world, the Brazilian Amazon. Currently, more than half of the world's population lives in cities; the United Nations projects that by 2030 the world will advance to the 60% urbanization threshold. Rapid urbanization effects will not only be present within the immediate locations (cities and their metropolitan areas), but will be experienced regionally and globally. The UGEC project seeks to better understand these implications and the complex dynamic systems of urban areas that affect and are affected by global environmental change (e.g., climate change, natural disasters, loss of biodiversity, freshwater ecosystem decline, desertification, and land degradation). Several commonalities are readily identifiable in the authors' research, some of which include an attention to the roles of the governance structures within ...
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