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New Zealand Bids Goodbye to Ozone-Depleting Substances in Response to Climate Change

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:49
Source: International Business Times - New Zealand will phase out the ozone-depleting hydrofluorocarbons (HCFCs) by the end of 2014 in observance of the Montreal Protocol. According to Environment Minister Amy Adams, New Zealand is ahead of the deadline to phase out substances harmful to the Earth's ozone layer by 2030
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Pope Francis urged to back fossil fuel divestment campaign

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:49
Source: Guardian - Religious groups have urged Pope Francis to back a campaign to encourage millions of people, organisations and investors to pull their money out of the fossil fuel industry.
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Purisima renews call for global effort vs climate change

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:29
Source: Philippine Star - Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima reiterated calls for the development of a global risk-sharing mechanism to enhance resilience to climate change.
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U.S. Energy Dept plans $4 billion in loan aid for renewable energy

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:29
Source: Reuters - The U.S. Energy Department on Wednesday unveiled a plan for up to $4 billion in loan aid for renewable energy companies to help rejuvenate a program that faced harsh political attacks over past failures of federally subsidized projects.
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EIB plans $3bn clean energy spend

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 08:19
Source: Climate Spectator - Innovative renewable energy demonstration projects and carbon capture schemes across Europe will benefit from more than €2 billion ($2.95 billion) raised by sales of 300 million emission allowances.
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A boycott to save the planet (by Desmond Tutu)

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 08:19
Source: The Hindu -
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UNIFAD to Help Vietnam Rice Farmers Cope with Climate Change

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 08:19
Source: Oryza.com#sthash.QqZeMg4u.dpuf - The United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (UNIFAD) will invest $50 million as part of its "Adaptation in the Mekong Delta" project to help Vietnamese rice farmers to cope with climate changes, which threaten to affect rice production in the Mekong River Delta (MRD).
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U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fall 10 pct since 2005: EPA

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 08:04
Source: Reuters - U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012, more than halfway toward the United States' 2020 target pledged at United Nations climate talks, according to the latest national emissions inventory.
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Seychelles' Climate Change Ambassador Jumeau Tells "Sustainability Conference" Islands Must Find Solutions Together

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 08:04
Source: Pacific News Center - Jumeau said, "Each island has it's own specificity but common problems we all face are climate change, sea level rise, problem with coral reefs, diminishing fisheries. We have food security problems, especially in low lying islands. You have water security problems on islands. We have all sorts of problems that are similar because we are islands."
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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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