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WMO International Polar Day to Focus on Research above the Polar Regions [viewed]

International Polar Day - Above The Poles

December 2008: The seventh quarterly International Polar Day, focusing on research above the Polar Regions, will be marked on 4 December 2008. The Day will include polar meteorology, atmospheric sciences, astronomy, and polar observations from space.

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UN Secretary-General: Fight Against Climate Change Part of the Solution to the Financial Crisis [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at development financing conference in Doha 29 November 2008: At the opening of the International Conference on Financing for Development to Review Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus, taking place in Doha, Qatar, from 29 November-2 December 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for “bold and effective efforts” to ensure that “today's emergency does not become tomorrow's human crisis.”

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UNDP Releases Bali Action Plan Briefing Documents [viewed]

28 November 2008: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), with financial support from the UN Foundation and the Governments of Norway, Finland and Switzerland, is providing assistance to 20 developing countries to strengthen national capacity to address climate change policy options under the UNFCCC, including investment assessment and financial flows for key sectors. As a major output of this initiative, UNDP has released Bali Action Plan Briefing documents, which are designed to provide policy makers with background information on the four Bali Action Plan building blocks – mitigation, adaptation, technology, and finance – and land use, land-use change and forestry.

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UNFCCC Adaptation Subprogramme Releases eUpdate on Nairobi Work Programme [viewed]

28 November 2008: The Adaptation subprogramme of the UNFCCC Secretariat has released its November 2008 issue of the Nairobi Work Programme eUpdate.

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UNEP Releases Climate Change Survey Results [viewed]

HSBC Climate Partnership 27 November 2008: A new survey, in line with an earlier poll of youth carried out by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) as a part of UNite to Combat Climate Change campaign, suggests that the environment remains a concern despite the financial downturn.

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WMO to Organize South American Workshop on Implementation of Climate Watch Systems [viewed]

December 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is organizing the First Workshop for South American Region on the Implementation of Climate Watch Systems, in Guayaquil, Ecuador, from 8-11 December 2008.

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UN-HABITAT's Executive Director to Attend Poznan Climate Talks [viewed]

Congo, Liberia. Flooding due to Climate change (Photo courtesy of UN-HABITAT) 27 November 2008: UN-HABITAT's Executive Director, Anna Tibaijuka, will join the UN Secretary-General and other senior officials in Poznan, Poland, for the climate talks that will take place from 1-12 December 2008.

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World Bank Lead Environmental Economist Highlights South Asia's Vulnerability to Climate Change [viewed]

South Asia's Vulnerability to Climate Change 25 November 2008: Speaking ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland, Richard Damania, World Bank Lead Environmental Economist for the South Asia Region, described the climate-related challenges in South Asia as daunting.

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UNESCO: Ready to Facilitate International Dialogue on Biofuels [viewed]

UNESCO is ready to support the worldwide debate on biofuels 26 November 2008: Speaking at the International Conference on Biofuels, which took place in São Paulo, Brazil, from 17-21 November 2008, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Deputy Director-General Marcio Barbosa indicated the Organization's readiness to facilitate dialogue among governments on biofuel technology.

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WMO Releases Publication on the Impact of Aerosol Pollution on Precipitation [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization 26 November 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) will release, on 28 November 2008, a new international scientific review entitled “Aerosol Pollution Impact on Precipitation,” published jointly with the International Union for Geodesy and Geophysics. The book examines the state of scientific knowledge on the way air pollutants, particularly tiny particles called aerosols, affect global weather and climate patterns.

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