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U.N. replaces Commission on Sustainable Development with new forum

The United Nations General Assembly replaces its Commission on Sustainable Development with a High-level Forum to further address global economic, social, and environmental challenges. Through a consensus, the High-level Forum on Sustainable Development was adopted to address the need for an improved and more effective institutional framework for sustainable development, while at the same time...

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Hong Kong needs to extend their landfills

The Hong Kong government reiterates the need for landfills extension despite growing concerns of their environmental damage. Amidst a pending funding application for a two-year study of the North East New Territories and West New Territories Landfills expansion from the Legislative Council, Hong Kong’s government emphasizes the need to extend their existing landfills. Despite the region’s efforts to cut...

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Hong Kong, Guangdong meet for Combating Climate Change

Hong Kong and Guangdong held their second meeting of the Joint Liaison Group on Combating Climate Change, creating a roadmap on how the two should tackle climate issues. In the meeting that was held in Hong Kong, Secretary for the Environment KS Wong and Guangdong Development and Reform Commission Deputy Director Lu Xiulu agreed on a work plan for 2013 to 2014. They discussed the inclusion of organizing a...

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Japan, Maldives sign J.C.M. agreement

Japan and the Republic of Maldives have signed an agreement regarding the Joint Crediting Mechanism, a partnership which aims to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Under the agreement, Japan will help Maldives reduce its G.H.G. emissions thereby contributing to international efforts of preventing global warming. Both countries will establish a joint committee which will facilitate the J.C.M. Specifically, the two countries will work together to promote investment...

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E.U. to require ship’s to report on carbon dioxide emissions starting 2018

Europe has taken the first in a series of steps to cut the greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping industry. The European Commission has proposed legislation which will require owners of large ships that use ports located in European Union member states to monitor and report their ships’ annual carbon dioxide emissions. “We recognize that shipping must contribute to efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,...

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U.N. official calls for action against Asia-Pacific’s air pollution problem

In light of the recent events regarding air quality and pollution in the Asia-Pacific, the head of the United Nations Economic and Social Commissions for Asia and the Pacific calls for urgent action against air pollution from countries across the region. “In our efforts to build a more sustainable region we must ensure that preventing the pollution of our air, our water, our food, and other common regional goods, is given...

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Emission reducing tax policies in the U.S. having little effect

Current federal tax provisions in the United States might not be having as great an effect in bringing down greenhouse gas emissions as many might have hoped. A new report from the National Research Council found that several existing tax subsidies have unexpected effects, while others yield little reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per dollar of revenue loss. The report, “Effects of U.S. Tax Policy on...

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Public Development Banks can help tackle climate change

According to a study released by the Inter-American Development Bank, Public Development Banks in Latin America and the Caribbean can take a stronger role in tackling climate change. The study, titled “Public Development Banks: Toward a New Paradigm?” reveals that the banks in the region provide over $700 billion in loans yearly – a figure which translates to the banks’ capability to expand into areas such as climate...

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U.N. General Assembly to tackle ocean acidification

The United Nations General Assembly will be discussing the increasing acidificiation of the world’s oceans and its impacts on people and the marine environment. The informal Consultative Process on oceans, which will run from June 17 to June 20, will be the forum for countries around the world to discuss the challenges posed by the acidification of the ocean due to the increased carbon emissions. “If we are to...

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China fights air pollution through new measures

China’s State Council adopts stringent measures to fight the country’s severe air pollution problem. Because of the strong presence of smog and air pollution, the State Council of China has adopted 10 measures that aim to clean the air around the country’s urban sector and industrial sector. “These measures can have their effects in the short term,” said the Vice President of the Chinese Research Academy of...

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