Publication

UNFCCC Publishes Revised Technical Paper on QELROs [viewed]

4 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a revised technical paper (FCCC/TP/2010/3/Rev.1) on issues relating to the transformation of pledges for emission reductions into quantified emission limitation and reduction objectives (QELROs). The paper provides a brief explanation of this transformation and illustrates the effect that different variables have on it.

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UNDP Bulletin Highlights AusAID Support to Pacific Islands Adaptation Initiatives [viewed]

UNDP30 October 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the seventh issue of its Climate Change Adaptation Bulletin, which reports on the announcement by the Government of Australia to contribute Aus$7.35 million to finance the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) Initiative, implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

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ASB Brief Examines Co-existence of People and Orangutan in Sumatra [viewed]

8 November 2011: The ASB Partnership for Tropical Forest Margins (ASB) has produced a policy brief titled “Co-existence of people and orangutan in Sumatra: Stabilising gradients for landscape multifunctionality,” which examines the role of forest-agroforest-agricultural landscapes in orangutan habitat in Sumatra.

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SPC Assesses Vulnerability of Tropical Fisheries to Climate Change [viewed]

7 November 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has released a publication titled “Vulnerability of Tropical Pacific Fisheries and Aquaculture to Climate Change," which includes contributions from 88 international scientists and fisheries specialists. The publication concludes that there will be winners and losers as a consequence of climate change in the Pacific region.

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IFPRI Study Confirms Concerns over Land-use Change Effects of EU Biofuel Policies [viewed]

4 November 2011: A new study by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a centre of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), analyzes the question of indirect land-use change (ILUC) in relation to the EU's Renewable Energy Directive. It finds that ILUC issues are a valid concern, but that the impact depends on the type of feedstock crop used as well as other factors such liberalization of international trade in biofuels.

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UNFCCC Publishes Consultative Group of Experts Reports [viewed]

3 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the progress report (FCCC/SBI/2011/10) of the work of the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE). The report contains the proceedings of the fifth meeting of the reconstituted CGE relating to progress in the implementation of its mandate and discussions on the organization of its work programme for 2011–2012.

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Policy Update #10: Insanity, Death and Climate Change [viewed]

Insanity has famously been described as “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Does this maxim apply to the UN climate negotiations? If so, are those of us flying to Durban later this month about to join an exercise in mass madness?

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IFAD, WFP Issue Weather Index-based Insurance Guide [viewed]

7 November 2011: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have released a guide titled "Weather Index-based Insurance in Agricultural Development: A Technical Guide for Practitioners to Help Mange Weather Risks." The guide has emerged from the Weather Risk Management Facility (WRMF), a joint programme between IFAD and WFP, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  

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UNFCCC Releases Annual Report of Compliance Committee to COP/MOP [viewed]

3 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the annual report of the Kyoto Protocol Compliance Committee to the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP), covering activities undertaken from 19 September 2010 to 13 October 2011 (FCCC/KP/CMP/2011/5).

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OECD Brief Analyzes Car Scrapping Schemes [viewed]

October 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) International Transport Forum (ITF) has published a policy brief titled “Do car scrapping schemes help the environment and increase safety?”

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