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Climate Crisis: The Societal Impacts Associated with the 1982-83 Worldwide Climate Anomalies
United Nations Environment Programme, United States National Center of Atmospheric Research, Environmental and Societal Impacts Group

Report based on the workshop on the Economic and Societal Impacts Associated with the 1982-83 Worldwide Climate Anomalies, 11-13 November 1985, Lugano, Switzerland, organized and financed by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Environmental and Societal Impacts Group of the National Center for Atmospheric Research.These case studies briefly describe the climate situation that transpired during 1982-83. They then identify some of the societal and environmental impacts of the climate anomalies of the period. The case studies are clearly meant to be illustrative and not exhaustive. They provide a set of baseline studies against which future similar studies might be compared. Most likely, not all of these climate anomalies will prove to have been directly or indirectly related to the occurrence of ENSO events. In addition, the strength of those teleconnections that prove to be valid will have to be defined.


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Climate Change Mitigation - Factsheet
United Nations Environment Programme

The world knows all too well the threat that climate change poses to human health, economies and the environment. United action is needed to hit the 1.5°C temperature rise target. Together, UN Environment and the GEF are providing the technical know-how, funding and implementation experience needed to improve energy efficiency, promote renewable energy, and encourage low-carbon technologies. From transport, to power generation, to energy efficient homes, industries and cities, they have worked together on more than 140 projects. UN Environment-led projects funded under the current GEF 6 cycle alone have mitigated CO2-equivalent emissions of almost 7.5 million tonnes to date.


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Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Developing Countries: Contributions to Reducing Global Emissions - Third Report
United Nations Environment Programme, The 1 Gigaton Coalition

Providing real world examples of RE and EE initiatives in developing countries, this report features six in-depth case studies of ongoing programmes and policies in cities throughout the world. These case studies demonstrate the compounding benefits to human health, the economy, and environment that result from smartly planned RE and EE efforts. The cases feature collaborative initiatives in which the public sector and private companies work together to develop, implement, and scale climate action.


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Barriers to the Diffusion of Renewable Energy Technologies: A Case Study of the State of Maharashtra, India
United Nations Environment Programme

The rapid economic growth in many Asian countries is significantly increasing the demand for energy. Added to this are the responses to environmental concerns (e.g., local air pollution, and global climate change), increasing interest by consumers and the government's support for the use of renewable energy technologies. At the same time, utility restructuring and privatization are leading to heightened retail competition among energy suppliers and increasing the role of consumers in energy choices. Taken together, these factors have created an opportunity for effective marketing o f the environmental benefits o f renewable energy technologies.


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Global Material Flows and Resource Productivity: Assessment Report for the UNEP International Resource Panel
United Nations Environment Programme, International Resource Panel

This report finds that global material use has tripled over the past four decades, with annual global extraction of materials growing from 22 billion tonnes (1970) to 70 billion tonnes (2010). It also provides a new material footprint indicator, reporting the amount of materials that are required for final consumption, which sheds light on the true impact of economies. By relating global supply chains to final demand for resources, the indicator is a good proxy for the average material standard of living in a country. It indicates that the level of development and well-being in wealthy industrial countries has been achieved largely through highly resource-intensive patterns of consumption and production, which are not sustainable, even less replicable to other parts of the world.


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Trade Liberalisation and the Environment: Lessons learned from Bangladesh, Chile, India, Philippines, Romania and Uganda - A Synthesis Report
United Nations Environment Programme

This report is a review of studies in six countries commissioned under UNEP's "Capacity Building for Integrating Environmental Considerations into Development Planning and Decision-making" programme. Over a 2 year period, UNEP has worked closely with national institutions in Bangladesh, Chile, India, the Philippines, Romania and Uganda, to identify both the environmental impacts of trade liberalisation and the economic instruments which can be used to sustainably manage these impacts.


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Exposure Monitoring of Nitrogen Dioxide: An International Pilot Study Within the WHO/UNEP Human Exposure Assessment Location (HEAL) Programme
United Nations Environment Programme, World Health Organization

The UNEP/WHO Human Exposure Assessment Locations (HEAL) project was developed as part of the WHO Health-Related Monitoring Programme, which was started in 1973 and originally comprised urban air monitoring, water quality monitoring and food contamination monitoring. These three monitoring projects form part of the Global Environment Monitoring System (GEMS).


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Gender Mainstreaming in the Management of the Marine and Coastal Ecosystems. UN Environment Regional Seas Reports and Studies No. 212
United Nations Environment Programme

This report aims to make a small contribution to the above challenge by compiling practical cases of marine and coastal management from different regions that have integrated a gender perspective in their design, implementation and evaluation, at community, project and policy levels. The report aims to draw out practical lessons and recommendations from the case studies that can be useful for policy makers and project managers involved in integrated coastal and marine planning.


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Cleaner Production Worldwide
United Nations Environment Programme

This booklet aims to show through examples that by applying cleaner production, industry and consumers anywhere in the world can gain environmental benefits while reducing costs. The purpose of this booklet is to illustrate the variety of approaches that are possible and to stimulate readers to find similar cost-effective solutions. The applications here range from low to high technology. They show examples from small and medium sized enterprises, large industrial companies, and from plants in rural locations to those in overcrowded and highly industrialised cities, in a variety of countries. They show how seriously the concept of cleaner production is being taken by some governments, industries and individuals. The fundamental point is this: If is better for society to prevent, than cure.


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Solar Water Heating Techscope Market Readiness Assessment
United Nations Environment Programme

This report presents a replicable and public methodology to evaluate the solar water heating policy, finance and investment, business, and quality control infrastructure across countries: the SWH TechScope Market Readiness Assessment methodology. This report is intended by be used in concert with an Excel-based evaluation tool, the SWH TechScope Market Readiness Analysis Tool, which can be used to benchmark and evaluate different SWH markets. The SWH TechScope was developed as part of the Global Solar Water Heating (GSWH) Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative.


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