Atmosphere

High Level Taskforce Calls for Establishment of Global System for Climate Services [viewed]

12 May 2011: The High Level Task Force on a Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), which emerged from the World Climate Conference 3 of 2009, has released a report titled "Climate Knowledge for Action: A Global Framework for Climate Services - Empowering the Most Vulnerable." The report recommends the establishment of a global system to provide information to help manage climate risks and opportunities.

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EU Joint Research Centre Annual Report Highlights Climate Science [viewed]

10 May 2011: The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has released its Annual Report for 2010, which provides an overview of the activities, accomplishments and resources related to the JRC's work carried out during 2010, including figures on staff, budget and publications.

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US, Canada and Mexico, and Federated States of Micronesia Propose HFCs Phase-down Under Montreal Protocol [viewed]

May 2011: The Ozone Secretariat has released documents in the lead up to the upcoming 31st Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) meeting, scheduled to convene in Bangkok, Thailand, in August 2011. The documents include a proposal from the US, Canada and Mexico, and one from the Federated States of Micronesia, to phase-down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol.

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UNECE Air Pollution Convention Working Group Focuses on Black Carbon [viewed]

15 April 2011: The 48th session of the Working Group on Strategies and Review under the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution convened in Geneva, Switzerland, from 11-15 April 2011, and focused on strategies to reduce black carbon emissions, one of the air pollutants contributing to climate change.

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African Countries Address Methyl Bromide Phase-Out Under the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

15 April 2011: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) OzonAction Compliance Assistance Programme convened an African Regional meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, from 13-15 April 2011. The meeting aimed to assess the status of parties' progress towards meeting the January 2015 deadline of methyl-bromide phase-out.

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Multilateral Fund Approves Funding for HCFC Phase-Out in 39 Countries [viewed]

15 April 2011: The Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol (MLF) convened for its 63rd meeting in Montreal, Canada, from 4-8 April 2011. The meeting committed over US$40 million to phase-out approximately 400 tons of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) in 39 developing countries.

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UNECE and Partners Publish 2010 MDG Report [viewed]

April 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published the report "The MDGs in Europe and Central Asia: Achievements, Challenges and the Way Forward.”

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UNEP, WMO Release Ozone Depletion Assessment [viewed]

5 April 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have released an assessment titled “Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2010,” which reports record stratospheric ozone loss in the Arctic.

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GCOS Releases Details on Public Review of 2011 Satellite Supplement for the Global Observing System for Climate [viewed]

April 2011: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) will present the 2011 update to the satellite-based component of the "Implementation Plan for the Global Observing System for Climate in Support of the UNFCCC" for public review.

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Global Climate Observing System Releases Report on Engagement with UNFCCC [viewed]

April 2011: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) has released a publication titled "Opportunities to Improve Climate Observing Networks Through Engagement with the UNFCCC."

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