Publication

US Releases Third National Climate Assessment [viewed]

USA Flag6 May 2014: The US Global Change and Research Program (USGCRP) released the Third National Climate Assessment (NCA), which, to date, is the most “comprehensive, authoritative, transparent scientific report on US climate change impacts ever generated.” The report, a key deliverable of US President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan, confirms that climate change is not a distant threat but is currently occuring and has immediate impacts, and that most of the warming over the past 50 years is due to human activities.

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Air Pollution in Most Cities Exceeds WHO Guidelines [viewed]

WHO7 May 2014: The 2014 Ambient Air Pollution in Cities Database released by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that air quality in most cities around the globe is much higher than recommended by WHO's Guidelines on Air Quality, with many cities showing a declining trend.

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UNFCCC Publishes Draft Guidelines on GHG Inventories Review [viewed]

UNFCCC5 May 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report summarizing discussions held during a technical workshop on draft revised guidelines for the technical review of greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories from Annex I Parties to the Convention (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/INF.9).

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UNFCCC Releases Draft Training Programme for NC and BR Review Experts [viewed]

UNFCCC5 May 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a draft training programme for review experts for the technical review of information reported under the Convention related to biennial reports (BRs) and national communications (NCs) by Annex I parties (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/INF.12), in advance of the 40th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 40).

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CIFOR Annual Report Celebrates 20 Years [viewed]

CIFOR5 May 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released its 2013 Annual Report, which celebrates its 20th anniversary and highlights a shift in focus towards a landscape approach.

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UNFCCC Reports Efficiency Gains for 2012-2013 [viewed]

UNFCCC2 May 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report on efficiency gains made during the biennium 2012–2013 (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.4), in advance of the 40th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 40). The document summarizes measures taken by the Secretariat to improve efficiency in a sustainable manner, describes the delivery of relevant outputs, and provides examples of specific efficiency gains, including cost savings and costs avoided.

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UNFCCC Publishes Submissions on REDD+ Non-Carbon Benefits [viewed]

UNFCCC30 April 2014: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has published a compilation of submissions by parties on methodological issues related to non-carbon benefits (NCBs) resulting from the implementation of REDD+ activities, in advance of the 40th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 40).

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UNFCCC Publishes Views on Non-Market-Based Approaches for REDD+ [viewed]

UNFCCC30 April 2014: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has published a document compiling parties' views on methodological guidance for non-market-based approaches related to the implementation of the activities referred to in decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 70 (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation of forest carbon stocks, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+)) (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/MISC.3).

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Guest Article #105: MRV-ing Carbon in Practice [viewed]

In 2013, we saw the continuation of two emerging trends in the global carbon pricing landscape. On the one hand, it was a challenging year for existing international mechanisms, with credits from the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) worth no more than a few cents and the Kyoto Protocol shrinking to 12% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. On the other hand, an increasing number of jurisdictions implemented GHG mitigation instruments meant to put a price on carbon.

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April 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

worldbank-ifad-afdb-eu30 April 2014: During the month of April, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the World Bank, and the European Commission announced funding for several climate-related projects or initiatives. In addition, AfDB released its 2013 Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Annual Report.

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