Publication

GCOS Newsletter Outlines International Polar Year Activities [viewed]

14 April 2011: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) has released its first newsletter for 2011 describing: scientific highlights; observing domains, networks and measuring systems; sponsoring organizations and partners; activities of the GCOS Secretariat; and events.

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CEC Releases Report on Sustainable Freight Transport in North America [viewed]

31 March 2011: A report from the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) calls for urgent cross-border cooperation to improve the environmental performance of the North American freight system.

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UNFCCC Publishes Croatia's 2010 GHG Inventory Report [viewed]

12 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2010/HRV) of the individual review of the annual submission of Croatia.

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UNFCCC Publishes Portugal's 2010 GHG Inventory Report [viewed]

11 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2010/PRT) of the individual review of the annual submission of Portugal.

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FAO Publishes Booklet on Forests and Climate Change in Asia [viewed]

March 2011: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Centre for People and Forests (RECOFTC) have published a booklet on the Asia-Pacific perspective on forests and climate change after the Cancun Climate Change Conference, held in December 2010.

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World Bank Institute e-Bulletin Highlights Youth Training Activities [viewed]

March 2011: The March 2011 edition of the World Bank Institute Climate Change (WBICC) Practice e-Bulletin presents news of the launch of a climate practitioner network in Latin America, and training of youth in Kenya to become agents of change and to implement youth-focused climate change-development activities within their communities.

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World Bank Releases Report on Mitigating Climate Change through Wetlands Restoration [viewed]

March 2011: The World Bank has released a report titled "Mitigating Climate Change through Restoration and Management of Coastal Wetlands and Near-shore Marine Ecosystems," which finds that drainage and degradation of coastal wetlands emit significant amounts of carbon dioxide directly into the atmosphere and lead to decreased carbon sequestration.

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OECD Reviews Environmental Performance of Portugal [viewed]

11 April 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a report titled “OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Portugal 2011,” which underscores Portugal's environmental achievements and makes recommendations for further improvement.

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World Bank Institute, FCPF Launch Tool on Opportunity Costs of REDD+ [viewed]

8 April 2011: The World Bank Institute and Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have published a training manual that shares hands-on experience from field programmes and presents the essential practical and theoretical steps, methods and tools to estimate the opportunity costs of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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European Commission Assesses Feasibility of Scaling-up Climate Finance [viewed]

8 April 2011: The European Commission has released a staff working document on "Scaling up international climate finance after 2012," confirming that raising US$100 billion per year by 2020 is "challenging but feasible" with the right mix of public funding, funding from international carbon markets, as well as private funds, partly leveraged by development banks.

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