Book/Report
Accelerating the Global Adoption of Energy-efficient Electric Motors and Motor Systems
United Nations Environment Programme, United for Efficiency

The report guides policymakers on how to promote energy-efficient electric motors in their respective national markets. The report is part of a series of U4E reports on five product groups. The other reports in the series cover air conditioners, distribution transformers, lighting, and residential refrigerators. An additional overarching report, “Policy Fundamentals Guide,” provides crosscutting, general guidance critical to the establishment of​ ​a successful energy efficiency programme.


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2017
Assessment report
The Emissions Gap Report 2017: A UN Environment Synthesis Report
United Nations Environment Programme

The eighth UN Environment Emissions Gap Report provides an up-to-date scientific assessment of the global progress towards the emissions reductions required to be on track to meet the long-term goal of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The overall conclusion of the assessment is that government and other stakeholder’s emissions reduction commitments are far from the level of ambition required for an emissions pathway consistent with staying below a 2°C, let alone a 1.5°C, temperature increase.


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2017
Summary
The Emissions Gap Report 2017 - Executive Summary
United Nations Environment Programme

The eighth UN Environment Emissions Gap Report provides an up-to-date scientific assessment of the global progress towards the emissions reductions required to be on track to meet the long-term goal of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The overall conclusion of the assessment is that government and other stakeholder’s emissions reduction commitments are far from the level of ambition required for an emissions pathway consistent with staying below a 2°C, let alone a 1.5°C, temperature increase.


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2017
Book chapter
Methodology of national and global studies - The Emissions Gap Report 2017 – Chapter 3 – Appendix A
United Nations Environment Programme

This chapter provides an update on the mitigation challenge associated with the global temperature goal of the Paris Agreement, and the estimated global emission levels under various assumptions regarding the implementation of current policies and NDCs or INDCs (hereafter referred to as NDCs, unless specifically mentioned in relation to a country that has not ratified the Paris Agreement).


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2017
Other
Methodology used in Chapter 4 - The Emissions Gap Report 2017 – Chapter 4 – Appendix B
United Nations Environment Programme

The chapter provides a detailed review of greenhouse gas emission reduction potentials in 2030 for key economic sectors. Sectoral emission reduction potentials, also called bottom-up potentials, provide detailed estimates of the level of emission reductions that is feasible within a certain sector or for a specific emissions category up to a certain marginal cost level.


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2017
Book/Report, Guideline
A Framework for Freshwater Ecosystem Management Volume 2: Technical Guide for Classification and Target-setting
United Nations Environment Programme

The main aim of the Framework for Freshwater Ecosystem Management series is to support countries to sustainably manage freshwater ecosystems. The overall aim of this volume is to provide countries with guidance on selected aspects of the Framework for Freshwater Ecosystem Management, particularly in the context of the
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The main objective is to initiate and contribute to national-level discussions to support implementation. It outlines the main issues for consideration, provides examples, and notes links to relevant SDG targets and indicators.


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2017
Book chapter
Antimicrobial Resistance: Investigating the Environmental Dimension - Frontiers 2017: Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern
Gaze, William, Depledge, Michael

Antibiotic pharmaceuticals are used around the world to treat and prevent bacterial infections in humans, animals and even plants. They have also been used widely as growth promoters to increase meat production, although this practice was banned in the European Union in 2006. While the misuse of antibiotics in medical and agricultural practices has been linked to increasing resistance, the role of the natural environment in the emergence and spread of resistance has received relatively little attention.


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2017
Book chapter
Nanomaterials: Applying the Precautionary Principle - Frontiers 2017: Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern
McGlade, Jacqueline

The recent advances in nanotechnology and nanoscience have introduced nanoscale materials with emergent physical and chemical properties to transform the world.


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2017
Book chapter
Marine Protected Areas: Securing Benefits for Sustainable Development - Frontiers 2017: Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern
Jones, Peter, Murray, Ruth, Vestergaard, Ole

Marine protected areas offer one of the best options for maintaining or returning ocean and coastal ecosystems to healthy conditions, particularly when developed as part of a wider management system. Ecological benefits come from protecting species, habitats and ecosystem functions. Social benefits come from engaging stakeholders in the planning and the fair sharing of benefits. Economic benefits come from ensuring the long-term sustainable use of natural resources and tourism incomes. The combined impact could
support many of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including reducing poverty, improving food security and tackling impacts of climate change.


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2017
Book chapter
Sand and Dust Storms: Subduing a Global Phenomenon - Frontiers 2017: Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern
Shepherd, Gemma

Sand and dust storms are inter-connected with a range of environmental and development issues that extend across national, regional, and continental bounds. Anthropogenic climate change will further exacerbate decades of unsustainable land and water resource management in regions that generate sand and dust storms. This threat can be diminished by quick and effective action.


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2017