Technology

WMO-Backed Conference Plans for Year of Polar Prediction [viewed]

WMO16 July 2015: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) hosted a conference to finalize plans for a Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP), which will aim to accelerate and consolidate research, as well as observing, modeling, verification and educational activities, as part of a broader Polar Predication Project.

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European Environment and Space Agencies Sign MoU on Earth Observation [viewed]

eea-esa15 July 2015: Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Space Agency (ESA), the two agencies have agreed to exchange scientific expertise and technical information to strengthen work on Earth observation and environmental monitoring. Coming into effect immediately, the MoU will promote joint activities and mutual access to data.

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C2ES Dialogue Co-Chairs Outline Vision for 2015 Climate Agreement [viewed]

c2eslogo15 July 2015: The Co-Chairs of an informal international climate dialogue convened by the US Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) have launched a report outlining emerging elements of a 2015 climate agreement. Based on the year-long 'Toward 2015' dialogue, which brought together senior climate negotiators from over 20 countries, the Co-Chairs' report foresees a durable legal agreement with binding commitments for all parties, including in relation to inscribing, maintaining and reporting on their nationally determined contributions (NDCs).

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IRENA Conference Launches Martinique Action Plan for Renewables Deployment on SIDS [viewed]

IRENA14 July 2015: A conference organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has launched an action plan to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy in small island developing states (SIDS). The Martinique Action Plan outlines practical steps for deploying renewable energy resources and technologies in SIDS. It also seeks to demonstrate commitment of 27 SIDS and 19 development partners to the IRENA of SIDS Lighthouses Initiative in the run-up to the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference.

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Event: Second Annual Meeting of the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) [viewed]

The second annual Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) is being held with a view to addressing climate change through innovation. Hosted by the Japanese Government, the event will bring together policymakers, business leaders and researchers for "an energy- and environment-focused version of the World Economic Forum". Organizers of the event are working with the French Presidency of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC to make the event an important milestone on the road to a global climate agreement at COP 21 in December 2015. Plenary sessions at the conference will include: principal issues in the future greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction; future perspectives from innovators, visionaries and global leaders; and future strategy for climate change. A number of parallel sessions will take an in-depth look at specific technologies, sectors and energy sources. In addition a 'Networking Plaza' will be held on 6 October 2015.  

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OECD, IEA, NEA, ITF Report Identifies Policies Misaligned with a Low-Carbon Economy [viewed]

low_carbon_economy3 July 2015: A report titled 'Aligning Policies for a Low-Carbon Economy' identifies current policy and regulatory frameworks that are not in line with creating a low-carbon economy. The report focuses on contradictory public policies, such as those that encourage investment in fossil fuels and work against global goals on climate change. It examines the policy domains of investment, taxation, innovation and skills, trade and adaptation, as well as sectors greatly impacting the climate such as electricity, urban mobility and rural land use.

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Event: Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) [viewed]

The second meeting of the MEF in 2015 is scheduled for 18-19 July 2015, in Mondorf-les-Bains, Luxembourg. The meeting will be chaired by Caroline Atkinson, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics, and Todd Stern, Special Envoy for Climate Change. The MEF intends to convene four times in 2015. The Forum, launched in 2009 by US President Barack Obama, is aimed at facilitating candid dialogue among major emitting countries, both developed and developing, to garner the political leadership needed to advance efforts against climate change. The 17 major economies participating are: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the EU, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, the Russian Federation, South Africa, the UK and the US.  

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Event: Workshop on the Development of Climate Information Systems for Heat Health Early Warning: Assessing Knowledge, Needs and the Path Forward [viewed]

The Joint Office for Science Support (JOSS) of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) will hold a Workshop on the Development of Climate Information Systems for Heat Health Early Warning: Assessing Knowledge, Needs and the Path Forward. The three-day workshop is organized into several panel and discussion sessions, and will address, among other topics: current weather and climate forecasts and projection capacity for heat events; public health decisions across time scales; state of knowledge of heat exposure parameters and health outcomes across time scales; informing the development of a National Integrated Heat Health Early Warning; stakeholder engagement and communication; and strategic planning for integrated information systems. The workshop is supported by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).  

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CFCC15 Climate Science Conference Calls for Bold Action [viewed]

our_common_future10 July 2015: The 'Our Common Future under Climate Change' international science conference (CFCC15) attracted almost 2,000 academics from close to 100 countries, the largest gathering of the scientific community in the lead-up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. According to the outcome statement of the CFCC15, "2015 is a critical year for progress. The window for economically feasible solutions [to climate change] with a reasonable prospect of holding warming to 2°C or less is rapidly closing."

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BRICS to Operationalize New Development Bank, Strengthen Energy Cooperation [viewed]

brics9 July 2015: At its seventh annual summit, the BRICS group of countries (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa) announced the BRICS Economic Partnership Strategy through 2020, which aims to strengthen ties in energy, high technology, agriculture, science and education. The BRICS also adopted the New Development Bank and Contingent Reserve Arrangement, with a total capacity of US$200 billion.

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