Oceans & Coasts

Event: 37th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM XXXVII) and 17th Meeting of the Committee on Environmental Protection (CEP XVII) [viewed]

The 37th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) will convene in Brasilia, Brazil, from 28 April -7 May 2014. Agenda items include: operation of the Antarctic Treaty System (reports by Parties, Observers and Experts; general matters; matters related to the Secretariat; multi-year strategic work plan; report of the Committee for Environmental Protection; liability; safety and operations in Antarctica; tourism and non-governmental activities; inspections under the Antarctic Treaty and the Environment Protocol; science issues, scientific cooperation and facilitation; implications of climate change for management of the Antarctic Treaty Area; education issues; exchange of Information; and biological prospecting in Antarctica.  

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Last Update of 2013 [viewed]

IISD Happy Holidays CardWe at IISD RS wish you all the best for this holiday season and throughout the coming year. We will resume publication on our knowledgebases on 6 January 2014. Thank you for your support during 2013.

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NOAA, Arctic Council Release 2013 Arctic Report Card [viewed]

artic-report-card12 December 2013: The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with the support of two working groups of the Arctic Council, has released the 2013 update to the Arctic Report Card. The Report Card has been published since 2006 and tracks environmental changes in the region, including with regard to the atmosphere, sea ice and ocean, marine ecosystems, terrestrial ecosystems and the terrestrial cryosphere. 

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UNGA's Oceans and Law of the Sea Resolution Focuses on Marine Debris, Climate Change [viewed]

UNGA9 December 2013: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted, by a recorded vote of 115 in favor to one against (Turkey), with two abstentions (Colombia, Venezuela), its annual omnibus resolution on oceans and the law of the sea (Resolution A/RES/68/70).

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Stakeholders Provide Input on SDGs Online [viewed]

UndsdDecember 2013: The UN Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) has posted stakeholder input on the issues for discussion at the upcoming meetings of the UN General Assembly's Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Major Groups and other stakeholders were invited to share information through the online Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform, including regarding the civil society steering committees and panelists for each topic.

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UNEP Atlas Shows Rapid Environmental Change in Arab Region [viewed]

UNEP10 December 2013 : A report, released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), and supported by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), indicates that the pace of environmental change in the Arab region may be faster than in the rest of the world due to growing populations and increasing environmental pressures.

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ADB Assesses Economic Losses from Climate Change in the Pacific [viewed]

ADB26 November 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report, titled ‘Economics of Climate Change in the Pacific,' which estimates the total climate change cost in the Pacific to range from 2.9% to 12.7% of annual GDP by 2100.

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Event: Third International Conference Climate Services (ICCS 3) [viewed]

The Third International Conference on Climate Services (ICCS 3) will explore opportunities and constraints regarding the transition to sustained climate services, particularly related to drought monitoring, coastal management and climate-related health interventions. The conference will provide an opportunity for updates on a variety of projects, foster discussions regarding the transition from pilot activities to sustained services, and contribute to the development of the Climate Services Partnership (CSP) work plan. The CSP, which was formed at ICCS 1 in 2011, is a platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration aimed at promoting resilience and advancing climate service capabilities worldwide. It is an informal, interdisciplinary network of climate information users, providers, donors and researchers who share an interest in climate services and are actively involved in the climate services community. The CSP aims to: improve the provision and development of climate services worldwide, and climate-smart decision making; and identify, promote and foster the establishment of effective policy and practice. Its activities will inform and support the evolution and implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).  

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Environmental Stressors Expected to Worsen as Climate Changes and Urban Population Grows [viewed]

WMO19 November 2013: A technical conference on the theme 'Responding to the Environmental Stressors of the 21st Century' focused on challenges posed by rising greenhouse gases, extreme weather events, pressures on the water cycle, pollution and an increasing urban-based global population.

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UNEP's 'Africa Adaptation Gap' Report Estimates Costs in Face of 'Emissions Gap' [viewed]

UNEP19 November 2013: A report released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) reviews the financial and environmental costs that Africa will face if governments fail to close the ‘emissions gap' needed to keep warming below 2°C. The report, titled 'Africa's Adaptation Gap: Technical Report,' confirms the assessment of the World Bank's November 2012 report,  titled 'Turn Down the Heat,' that there is a 40 per cent chance global temperature will increase by 3.5-4°C if mitigation efforts are not stepped up.

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