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WMO: El Nino could cause ‘dramatic rise’ in temperatures

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 08:04
Source: RTCC - There are growing signs the weather phenomenon known as El Niño could develop this year, causing global temperatures to soar, the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation has warned.
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Turtles Change Migration Routes Due to Climate Change

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 08:04
Source: IPS - The critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle has few sanctuaries left in the world, and this is one of them. But in 2012 only 53 nests were counted on the beaches of this national park in Costa Rica. And there is an enemy that conservation efforts can’t fight: the beaches themselves are shrinking.
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UAE applauded for green initiatives

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 08:04
Source: Khaleej Times - Speakers at the World Green Economy Summit (WGES) that commenced in Dubai on Tuesday underlined the urgent need for change and to enforce and adopt low carbon policy. The two-day summit is being held under the theme ‘Global Partnerships, Sustainable Future’.
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H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum Accepts Invitation to Join the Road to Paris 2015 At World Green Economy Summit

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 08:04
Source: Zawya - In the session titled "Road to Paris 2015", Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President for Strategy & Business Development for DEWA, Chairman of the Dubai Green Economy Partnership, said: "We welcome the invitation to 'Road to Paris 2015' this morning and today we start on this road
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Nigeria designs solutions for climate change challenges

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 07:59
Source: BusinessDay - A framework that makes it possible for agricultural risks associated with climate change to be anticipated and solutions proffered ahead has been released by the federal ministry of agriculture. This document was presented by Akinwunmi Adesina, minister of agriculture and rural development in Abuja, recently.
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Meet the pilots behind the sun-powered plane that can 'fly forever'

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 07:44
Source: CNN - following 12 years of complex designs and intense training, aviation pioneers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are set to conquer new heights, taking up the challenge of the first solar flight around the globe.
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South Africa to procure still more renewable energy

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 07:44
Source: South Africa Info - South Africa's Department of Energy is to increase the amount of energy it will be procuring under the third window of its renewable energy programme for independent power producers, Energy Minister Ben Martins announced on Tuesday.
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The Declaration on Patent Protection: Regulatory sovereignty under TRIPS.

The Declaration on Patent Protection: Regulatory sovereignty under TRIPS was drafted under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich. It is the result of two decades of intensive research and prepared with the support of scholars all over the world. It has been issued in the context of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the WTO and the adoption of the TRIPS Agreement on 15 April 1994.

The purpose of the Declaration indicates the interpretive scope of the TRIPS norms. Overall, it remains neutral – it is neither directed at states with a specific level of development nor does it aspire to provide recommendations for legal action. It only points out the regulatory discretion that national legislators enjoy when it comes to implementing their own patent systems.

According to the drafters

“Sovereign states should retain the discretion to adopt a patent system that best suits their technological capabilities as well as their social, cultural and economic needs and priorities, with the proviso that the exercise of such discretion must remain within the boundaries of international law. Taking into account the customary principles of interpretation of international law, this Declaration seeks to shed light on these boundaries. The purpose is to clarify the policy space that the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement) leaves to national legislators and judicial authorities with regard to the implementation and administration of their patent systems.”

The Declaration deals accordingly with the following aspects of patent law: a) general principles; b) differentiation of fields of technology; c) patentability and disclosure; d) scope of protection; e) exhaustion issues; f) exceptions to the scope of protection; g) compulsory licence; h) government use; i) undisclosed information; j) enforcement; k) goods in transit; and l) criminal measures.

The Declaration on Patent Protection shows that it is possible to design a patent system that reflects both the interest of inventors and right holders as well as the national public interest, without infringing the international obligations of WTO members and taking advantage of the TRIPS Agreement flexibilities.

You can access the document here

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Africa: Climate Change Mitigation Must Benefit the Poor, Aid Experts Say

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:59
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - International action to curb climate change must help poorer nations develop in a sustainable way that eases poverty and brings additional benefits such as better health and employment, aid and climate experts have said.
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China’s Wind Energy Capacity Tops 92 GW With 16 GW Addition In 2013

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:44
Source: Cleantechnica - In 2013, China witnessed yet another year of impressive wind energy capacity addition. While the total capacity added was off the peak levels seen a couple of years ago, the Asian giant still managed to add 45% of all the wind energy capacity added in 2013.
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EU Nations Said to Set Next Carbon-Market Overhaul Talks in June

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:44
Source: Bloomberg - European Union governments will hold further discussions in June about a proposal to make supply in the world’s biggest carbon market more flexible, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter.
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Ex-U.N. climate chief installed as new head of GGGI

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:44
Source: Yonhap - A former head of the United Nations' climate change agency began his term on Tuesday as the new director-general of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Seoul-initiated international green growth entity said.
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DENR issues ECC for 68.8 MW Manolo Fortich Hydro Project

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:44
Source: Sun.Star Davao - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region X has granted an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) to Hedcor Bukidnon, Inc.’s proposed hydropower facility in the province.
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IMF, World Bank push carbon pricing

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:44
Source: The Australian - The leaders of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund have called upon finance ministers to "tackle the issue of carbon pricing," Fairfax reports.
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Seychelles Ambassador for Climate Change Ronny Jumeau Challenges Guam to Branch Out to Other Islands for Solutions

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:44
Source: Pacific News Center - rofessionals and experts gathered this morning for the UOG Sustainability Conference to dicuss issues regarding climate change. Seychelles Ambassador for Climate Change and Small Island Developing States Issues Ronny Jumeau was the keynote speaker whose presentation focuses on islands reaching out to other islands finding island solutions to island problems.
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Former President of Mexico Discusses the Economics of Climate Change

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:44
Source: Harvard Crimson - During an address at the Business School on Monday, former President of Mexico Felipe Calderon argued that although private sector companies are often hesitant to adopt climate change initiatives, minimizing carbon emissions may prove extremely profitable.
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Whitehouse urges action on climate change

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:44
Source: Brown Daily Herald - The United States needs to wake up to the issue of climate change, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse told approximately 75 students, faculty members and community members Monday afternoon.
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'Modest hope' to slow warming, but no 'free lunch,' U.N. warns

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 08:19
Source: CNN - Keeping global warming down to a level people can live with means cutting carbon emissions to "near zero" by the end of the century, even in an increasingly industrialized world, the top U.N. experts on the issue reported Sunday.
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IPCC climate change report: averting catastrophe is eminently affordable

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 08:19
Source: Guardian - Catastrophic climate change can be averted without sacrificing living standards according to a UN report, which concludes that the transformation required to a world of clean energy is eminently affordable.
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