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Policy Watch

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Climate Policy Initiative Finds that Global Climate Finance Totals at Least USD 97 Billion a Year

To support discussions on the adequacy and effectiveness of international climate finance, Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) has published the first comprehensive review of the climate finance landscape. Compiling data from a wide range of sources, CPI’s report shows how much finance is currently available and describes the flows of finance, including the sources, intermediaries, instruments,

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Conference on Space Policy for Society and Citizens

Space as a key sector for Europe and its citizens will be the subject of a conference that will be held on 8 & 9 November at the Hemicycle of the European Parliament. The Conference, organised with the participation of ESA, is placed under the high patronage of the President of the European Parliament, Mr Jerzy

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

America’s Great Outdoors Highlighted Projects

In just a few days, the Department of the Interior will issue a 50-state report outlining the country’s most promising ways to reconnect Americans to the natural world. We are highlighting two projects in each of the 50 states that will be included in the final report – representing what the State governments and local

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Take the ‘Business Value of OGC Standards’ Survey!

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®), a strategic partner of EuroGeographics announced a Business Value Survey for the period 1st November – 18th December 2011 to support the study on standards effectiveness. The OGC Business Value Committee will use a summary of the results to help the OGC better understand the value of the OGC’s open standards and

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

President Obama Urges Congress to Put Construction Workers Back on the Job

Today, President Obama will deliver remarks in front of Washington, D.C.’s Key Bridge and urge Congress to pass the transportation piece of the American Jobs Act, which will make an immediate investment of $50 billion in our nation’s transportation infrastructure and a $10 billion investment to create a bipartisan National Infrastructure Bank.  Together, these initiatives

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Expectations Help Policy Makers in the Choice of Technology

Policy makers who want to encourage the introduction of new, sustainable technologies by means of grants should investigate whether the expectations about the new technology are unequivocal. Consensus from the various parties involved about the future potential of a new technology is, namely, a good indicator for determining if the technology is ready for large-scale

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Inspiring GISC

GISC aims at linking data providers and service providers using the principles of the Shared European Environmental Information System (SEIS) and the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE). This achievement shall underpin in-situ data provision and ensure the legislative basis for data exchange according to the INSPIRE Directive. Hence, since the beginning

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Zoning Laws Can Help Pandas and People live in peace

As the world’s biodiversity hotspots are increasingly stressed by their human neighbors, zoning is becoming a common strategy to balance environmental protection and human needs. But a recent study conducted by Michigan State University researchers shows zoning for conservation demands reality checks.

Friday, October 28th, 2011

7 Billion People Are Not the Issue – Human Development Counts

As the global media speculate on the number of people likely to inhabit the planet on Oct. 31 an international team of population and development experts argue that it is not simply the number of people that matters but more so their distribution by age, education, health status and location that is most relevant to

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

UK ICT Strategy Plan Promises to Deliver Cost Savings

Francis Maude today launched a detailed plan for the implementation of the Government’s new ICT Strategy which is projected to deliver around £1.4bn of savings within the next 4 years and help deliver better public services digitally. The Strategic Implementation plan sets out how the vision in the ICT strategy will be translated into real

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