Technology

CIAT Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Beans in Central America [viewed]

ciat_ccafs8 February 2016: Researchers from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), under the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), have published a study, titled 'Assessing high-impact spots of climate change: spatial yield simulations with Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT) model.' The study evaluates the effects of climate change on bean production in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, concluding that future climate change may threaten the production of drybeans.

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Event: IGAD-ICPAC Workshop on Flood and Drought Management in Greater Horn of Africa [viewed]

The aim of this workshop is to enhance participants' understanding of the different practices for flood and drought management and to familiarize with the new products of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), including a flood hazard map, live web-map and geoportal. The workshop aims to: create awareness about available tools, data and initiatives for flood and drought monitoring in the Greater Horn of Africa region developed through collaboration between IGAD and UN Institute for Training and Research's Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNITAR-UNOSAT); assess specific needs and challenges in flood and drought management in ICPAC member States; illustrate potential ways to further improve national capacities based on shared experiences among participants and organizers; identify potential interest in the integration of available country-level data into IGAD-ICPAC's flood and drought monitoring system; and collaborate with national entities to establish in-country projects.  

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Policy Update #27: Emissions from International Transport (AKA the Elephant in the Climate Change Policy Room) [viewed]

Global aviation and maritime shipping combined produce about 5% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This is a sizeable share of global emissions: if these sectors were a country, they would be the seventh largest emitter. Furthermore, both sectors are among the fastest growing sources of emissions at the global level. Their share is projected to rise between 10-32% by 2050. Business as usual in the shipping and aviation industry alone would make unreachable the long-term global goal adopted by Parties to the UNFCCC at their 21st session (COP 21), namely to hold “the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels,” let alone the 1.5°C target.

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EU Climate Diplomacy to Focus on Implementation of Paris Agreement [viewed]

ec15 February 2016: EU Foreign Affairs Ministers have adopted conclusions on European climate diplomacy, emphasizing three strands of action for 2016 related to: prioritizing climate change advocacy in diplomatic relations; implementing the Paris Agreement and intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs); and addressing the nexus among climate change, natural resources, prosperity, stability and migration.

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December 2015-February 2016 NAMA Update [viewed]

nama_update14 February 2016: This update provides information about individual nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) by developing countries, and related support, publications and events for the period from December 2015 to mid-February 2016. During this period, NAMAs registered as seeking support included ones on rural electrification in the Gambia and efficient use of biomass in Georgia. NAMAs in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR), Vanuatu, Peru, Colombia, Kenya and China received support. Several reports, guides and other publications on NAMAs were also launched during this period.

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Canada, Mexico and US Collaborate on Climate Change and Energy [viewed]

canada_mexico_unitedsates12 February 2016: Canada, Mexico and the US have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Climate Change and Energy Collaboration, which sets out six areas of cooperation and information-sharing among the three countries. The energy ministers of the three countries also launched an online platform for the purpose of providing easy access to relevant North American data from a single website.

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ICAO CAEP Recommends Emissions Standards, Lays Groundwork for Market-Based Measure [viewed]

Icao12 February 2016: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) has concluded its 10th meeting, having made progress toward a carbon dioxide (CO2) standard, a market-based measure (MBM), sustainable alternative fuels and aircraft noise, among others. At the end of the two-week meeting, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited ICAO, asking the agency to focus on its "role in implementing the two landmark achievements of 2015," namely the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement.

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UNISDR Analyzes Human Cost of Disasters in 2015 [viewed]

2015_disasters_numbers11 February 2016: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the Catholic University of Louvain Brussels, Belgium, and the United States Agency for International Development (US AID) have released an infographic on disaster trends showing that 2015, which was the hottest year on record, confirmed that weather and climate-related disasters dominate disaster trends linked to natural hazards. Robert Glasser, Head of UNISDR, said the analysis reaffirms the key role of greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and climate change adaptation for disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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Morocco Advances INDC Targets with Opening of Solar Power Plant [viewed]

morocco4 February 2016: In June 2015, the Government of Morocco submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to the UNFCCC, announcing targets of reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 32% by 2030 compared to business-as-usual (BAU) projected emissions and reaching over 50% of installed electricity production capacity from renewable sources by 2025. In a significant step toward these goals, the first phase of the Noor-Ouarzazate concentrated solar power (CSP) plant became operational in February 2016.

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Untapped Source of Wheat Diversity Offers Climate Adaptation Potential [viewed]

plant_biotechnology_journal10 February 2016: Researchers from Bioversity International and other research institutions have discovered a mostly unexplored source of wheat diversity that could offer valuable traits for improving resilience of wheat production to the impacts of climate change.

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