Air pollution and climate news
- Last Updated on Thursday, 11 September 2014 15:36
The new President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Junker, announced the composition of the new Commission. The new Environment Commissioner is Karmenu Vella (Malta). The climate and energy portfolios have been merged, with Miguel Arias Cañete (Spain) being the new Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy. The European Parliament has to give its consent to the entire college of Commissioners before they can take up office.
http://ec.europa.eu/about/juncker-commission/structure/index_en.htm (organisation chart)
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/hearings/procedure/default.htm?language=EN (EP audition procedure)
- Last Updated on Thursday, 11 September 2014 15:33
The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) jointly published the draft summary for decision-makers of the scientific assessment of stratospheric ozone depletion (2014 update). This new assessment was prepared and reviewed by 282 scientists from 36 countries (including France). The last assessment was published in 2010.
See CITEPA's monthly newsletter C'est dans l'Air n° 139 p.1.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 15:21
The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) published its annual Bulletin on global greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations in 2013. It shows that once again they reached new highs in 2013. WMO brought forward its publication date of its 2014 Bulletin in order to inform the debate at the World Leaders' Climate Summit, convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York on 23 September 2014. This year, for the first time, the Bulletin contains an analysis of ocean acidification.
http://www.wmo.int/pages/mediacentre/press_releases/pr_1002_en.html (press release)
http://www.wmo.int/pages/mediacentre/press_releases/documents/1002_GHG_Bulletin.pdf (GHG Bulletin)
9 Septembre 2014: Climate – UK Government sets out its view and expectations for the COP-21 (Paris, 2015)
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 15:18
The UK Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) published, in the form of a report, the UK Government's view and expectations ahead of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP-21) to the Climate Convention (Paris, late 2015). The report sets out what the science says, the benefits of low carbon action, the progress achieved so far in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, the UK Government's vision on the contents of a successful global climate agreement to be concluded at the COP-21, and the UK's role in helping to deliver that.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/paris-2015-securing-our-prosperity-through-a-global-climate-change-agreement (press release)
- 4 Septembre 2014: Fossil fuel power production and CO2 intensity – international comparison
- 31 August 2014: China – towards a national GHG emissions trading system
- 14 August 2014: Mercury – Commission launches public consultation on EU ratification of the Minamata Convention
- 07-08 August 2014: Climate – 18th meeting of the BASIC group of countries
- 30 July 2014: Energy – Environment Minister presents Energy Transition Policy Bill
- 29 July 2014: UK – The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, announces plans for an ultra-low emission zone from 2020
- 29 July 2014: Aviation/ETS – Commission published aviation auction calendars
- 28 July 2014: Aviation – CASCADE project launched to reduce CO2 emissions from airports