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Responding to Climate Change 2011

   
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Roundtable on:
Setting conditions and mobilising finance


These are the highlights from the ICC and RTCC roundtable in Cancun, 2010. Climate finance is a critical consideration in the negotiation of a post 2012 international framework agreement on climate change. 
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Overview
Read the welcome message from Juan Elvira Quesada, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, México.

The International Chamber of Commerce, International Union for Conservation of Nature, RTCC & WWF International all give an overview, including their expectations from COP16 and the challenges for the year ahead.
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WWF Climate rescue team come to the aid of an ill planet Earth as part of a WWF awareness stunt inside COP15. © WWF-Canon / Richard Stonehouse - click for more
   
Regions & Cities
Success at the regional level demonstrates and expands political and economic feasibility for a strong national climate change policy. Outside of this, and considering their responsibility to their citizens, regional government needs to ensure effective policies are developed, implemented and monitored. In particular, cities are home to the majority of global energy use, making them central to the climate policy challenge.

Both cities and regions are uniquely equipped to deal with this. The following section explores how, as the focal point of political, and economic leadership, they can act on climate change, implementing bold steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that others may follow.
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Data Backbone Bridge: vertical wind turbines on a pedestrian bridge power nodes that process infrequently used data. Water pipes running through the bridge provide cooling and transport heat to geothermal pumps - click for more
   
Defining Business Commitment
The lack of detail and missing elements in the Copenhagen Accord do not provide the long-term certainty many businesses have sought. Despite this, climate change is an increasing driver for business, with many companies forging ahead regardless with environmental policies, products and services. Addressing climate change makes good business sense, but companies also face higher risks in relation to climate change, including regulatory pressure, higher carbon costs, climate-induced disruption and reputational risk. The balance of costs and opportunities will depend on various factors, including a company’s ability to engage consumers in addressing the challenges. These articles show how engaged companies are, and how they are putting themselves above the parapets.
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Tools & Technology
The overriding messages from Copenhagen are that we need to firstly know more, and secondly be able to do more. There is an increasing number of tools, technologies and methodologies available that can help people to both mitigate and adapt. From the untapped potential of satellites, to fuel cell efficiency, the following articles explore the new and improved technologies on the market and their potential.
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To secure a clean, green future, we need to commit to efficiency now – pumps and motors provide a massive opportunity - click for more
   
Biodiversity & Land Use
The ecosystem biodiversity supports makes an important contribution to both mitigation and adaptation. Climate change and biodiversity are interconnected, with negative consequences for human well-being, so conserving and sustainably managing biodiversity is critical to addressing climate change. As measures to address climate change and cope with its effects are increasingly deployed, it is also critical to analyse their possible benefits and risks to biodiversity and ecosystem services. This section gives examples of how some companies and organisations are striving to consider land use, wildlife and the planet’s resources.
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To secure a clean, green future, we need to commit to efficiency now – pumps and motors provide a massive opportunity - click for more
   
Transport & Construction
As high-impact sectors, both transport and construction come under significant scrutiny in mitigating and adapting to climate change. This section looks at what is happening on the ground.

Carbon emissions from transport since 1990 have moved spectacularly in the wrong direction – in marked contrast to other sectors. Causing 13% of global GHG emissions, it is a major greenhouse gas emitting sector and, since 1990, CO2 emissions from transport have been growing instead of declining. Reduction of emissions in developed countries and a slowing of the rapid rate of motorisation in developing countries are issues that need to be tackled urgently.

Traditional building designs and techniques will not cut it in the future – construction needs to work out how to help people cope at the same time as build more efficient buildings. One issue is a lack of skills and knowledge; it will take far too long if we rely solely on new entries to the industry receiving appropriate training.
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Spend to save - intelligent mitigation - click for more
   
Spotlight on Energy
Today, the world uses huge amounts of energy and this usage is increasing dramatically in developing countries. National energy policies globally have been often accused of being too fragmented and short-term in outlook, with a tendency to hunt for the silver-bullet. The transition to a low-carbon economy should be based on a range of renewable energy sources in concert with major energy-efficiency gains, and investors are increasingly behind this as they realise the world is changing. These pages explore the different sources available, and how they are being developed.
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Printed thin film battery, nominal voltage of this battery 3.0V - click for more
   
Education & Research
How should academic institutions respond to the climate change agenda? Given the wide environmental research across disciplines and organisations, limited interdisciplinary analysis and knowledge-sharing has taken place to date. Similarly, there has been limited interaction and knowledge exchange between academics and policymakers on these matters. It is also suggested that there is a serious skills and knowledge gap. The following institutions explain how they are addressing these questions.
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Research heralds the age of action - click for more
 
 
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