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Event: CLIMATE 2012 / KLIMA 2012 [viewed]

CLIMATE 2012 / KLIMA 2012 is being organized by the Research and Transfer Centre of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and will consider the themes "Climate Change, Island States and Sustainable Technologies". The conference will introduce the latest scientific findings and technological developments related to climate change, and examine their links with renewable energy in small island nations. The patron of the 2012 worldwide online climate conference is Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Secretary General of the African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) Group of States Secretariat. Partners include UNEP, WMO, OSS, UNESCO, SIDSnet, AOSIS, and IDRC. CLIMATE 2012 / KLIMA 2012 is also organized as part of the project "Small Developing Island Renewable Energy Knowledge and Technology Transfer Network" (DIREKT), funded by the ACP Science and Technology Programme, an EU programme for cooperation between the European Union and the ACP region (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific). DIREKT is a cooperation scheme involving universities from Germany, Fiji, Mauritius, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago with the aim of strengthening the science and technology capacity in the field of renewable energy of a sample of ACP small island developing states, by means of technology transfer, information exchange and networking.  

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UNESCO Reports on New Model for Estimating Coastline Erosion from Sea Level Rise [viewed]

UNESCO10 September 2012: The Institute for Water Education of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IHE) has highlighted recent findings that coastline erosion resulting from rising sea levels is much greater than previously estimated. Researchers from UNESCO-IHE, the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and the Deltares Institute found that the previously used model, known as the Bruun effect, did not consider erosion in inlet areas, such as river mouths and estuaries.

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International Disaster and Risk Conference Focuses on Integrative Risk Management [viewed]

31 August 2012: The International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC) 2012 convened in Davos, Switzerland, from 26-30 August 2012, under the theme of “Integrative Risk Management in a Changing World - Pathways to a Resilient Society.” The conference aimed to discuss new findings and exchange experiences about the broad spectrum of risks societies currently face.

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World Water Week 2012 Opens with Focus on Water and Food Security [viewed]

26 August 2012: World Water Week 2012 is underway in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on the theme "Water and Food Security." The programme aims to engage participants on challenges posed by increased competition for water resources, driven in part by population growth and climate change, and its effects on agriculture and food security. World Water Week is organized annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

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Arctic Sea Ice at Record Minimum, GOOS Reports [viewed]

24 August 2012: Arctic sea ice extent has reached a record-breaking minimum in August 2012, according to data from the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS).

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WWAP Publishes Green Accounting for Water Report [viewed]

August 2012: The World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has published a report, titled “Green Accounting and Data Improvement for Water Resources,” which examines the incorporation of water-related indicators into environmental accounting systems by the UN System of Environmental-Economic Accounts for Water (SEEAW), Eurostat, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Environment Agency (EEA).

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WWAP Report Compares Carbon and Water Footprints [viewed]

August 2012: The World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a report, titled “Carbon and Water Footprints: Concepts, Methodologies and Policy Responses,” which highlights the differences in methodological rigor between water and carbon footprints, noting that they are often treated similarly by policy-makers.

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Event: International Conference on Cryosphere: Changes, Impacts and Adaptation [viewed]

This conference will examine the current state of cryospheric research and will also provide a forum to discuss ongoing research efforts and international cooperation, to explore future research projects and to define a general strategy for cryosphere studies and management. The cryosphere is that part of the Earth System consisting of all snow, ice and frozen ground on and beneath the surface of the Earth and ocean. It includes ice sheets, glaciers, ice caps, icebergs, sea ice, snow cover, permafrost and seasonally frozen ground, as well as lake- and river-ice. The cryosphere is a sensitive component of the climate system, and provides key indicators of climate change. The conference is organized by the State Key Laboratory of Cryospheric Sciences (SKLCS), CAREERI, CAS; Key Laboratory of Tibetan Environmental Change and Land Surface Processes; and the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences (CAMS). It is co-sponsored by, inter alia, the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO.  

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Many Strong Voices Highlights Historical Documents on Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

August 2012: Many Strong Voices (MSV), a collaboration between coastal communities in the Arctic and small island developing States (SIDS) that seeks to promote action on climate change, is working to ensure that information on historical documents relevant to climate change adaptation is available. As part of this effort, MSV highlighted two historical environment and climate change initiatives.  

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UNESCO MAB Launches Survey on Carbon in Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

August 2012: The Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has partnered with Terra Global Capital to take stock of opportunities to assist biosphere reserves with access to financial resources, through the development and marketing of projects for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable use of forests and enhancement of carbon stock).

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