Publication

ICARDA Newsletter Focuses on Water Productivity, Drought-Resistant Fodder and Improved Seed Varieties [viewed]

February 2013: The February issue of the newsletter of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) highlights recent research and partnerships related to water, genetic diversity and climate-adapted crops in Ethiopia, India, Iraq, Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

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UNFCCC Releases Summary on ADP Co-chairs' Special Event in Doha [viewed]

UNFCCC7 February 2013: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has released the summary of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) Special Event held in Doha, Qatar, on 1 December 2012, in conjunction with the second part of the first session of the ADP. The event, convened by the ADP Co-chairs Harald Dovland (Norway) and Jayant Moreshver (India), aimed to provide observer organizations with an opportunity to become involved in the ADP's work.

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CGIAR Launches Series of Studies on Quantifying GHG Emissions from Agricultural Lands [viewed]

12 February 2013: The Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has released a series of freely available articles in the journal Environmental Research Letters to improve the understanding of emissions from the agriculture sector.

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UN Greening the Blue Reviews Report on Vision of a Sustainable UN [viewed]

February 2013: UN Greening the Blue has reviewed a report, titled “A Vision of a Sustainable UN.” The report reflects the ideas of current UN leaders and focuses on five concepts: commitment, efficiency, being outcome-focused, dynamism, and being networked.

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IEA Bioenergy Annual Report Highlights Risks and Opportunities of Bioenergy [viewed]

12 February 2012: The 2012 Annual Report of the International Energy Agency's Implementing Agreement on Bioenergy (IEA Bioenergy) features an article on "Biomass Feedstocks for Energy Markets," and provides an overview of activities of the Executive Committee (ExCo) and the 12 ongoing Tasks during 2012.

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Guest Article #91: Mainstreaming Gender in Health Adaptation to Climate Change Programmes [viewed]

According to WHO estimates, climate change that has occurred since the 1970s already causes over 140,000 deaths per year[i]. When measuring the health impacts caused by climate change, one need to understand how the main environmental determinants of health (i.e. air, water, food and shelter) are affected by climate change. 

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OECD Inventory Highlights Fossil Fuel Subsidies in OECD Member Countries [viewed]

OECD11 February 2013: A new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), titled "Inventory of Estimated Budgetary Support and Tax Expenditures for Fossil Fuels 2013," provides examples from over 550 measures that support fossil-fuel production or use in the 34 OECD member countries. The report indicates that, between 2005 and 2011, these measures cost taxpayers between US$55-90 billion annually.

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Guest Article #92: Public Backing is the Key to Political Action on Climate Change [viewed]

The world is already in the grip of environmental and social megaforces including climate change, water scarcity, population growth and ecosystem decline. These megaforces portend economic, social and ecological disaster unless a dramatic change of course can be engineered. 

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GCOS Newsletter Outlines Implementation Efforts on Climate Monitoring and Climate Services [viewed]

February 2013: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) has released the first edition of its newsletter for 2013, outlining events of relevance to climate monitoring and recent activities of the programme, including, among other things, discussions at the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on GCOS adequacy and progress reports.

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UNEP Year Book 2013 Highlights Need for Effective Arctic Governance, Chemical Risk Reduction [viewed]

UNEP Year Book 201318 February 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the 2013 edition of its Year Book, which presents events and developments from 2012 on key environmental indicators. The Year Book highlights two emerging issues, namely the need for effective governance of the fragile Arctic region, and reaching the goal of sound chemicals management by 2020.

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