Oceans & Coasts

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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Ocean Acidification Report Highlights Climate Change Link and Need for Greater Observation and Coordination [viewed]

UNESCO IOC18 November 2013: During a side-event to Warsaw Climate Change Conference, the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched a publication titled 'Ocean Acidification: Summary for Policymakers,' the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) presented its Ocean Acidification Coordination Centre, and recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) findings on ocean acidification were discussed.

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WMO Releases Provisional Statement on Status of Climate 2013 [viewed]

WMO13 November 2013: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released its provisional statement on the 'Status of the Global Climate 2013,' which confirms that 2013 is currently on track to be among the top ten warmest years on record, and that global sea level reached a new record high due, in part, to melting ice caps and glaciers.

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CBD Secretariat Invites Parties' Submissions on Geo-Engineering-Related Measures [viewed]

CBD12 November 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited parties to submit information on any measures they have undertaken to ensure that no climate-related geo-engineering activities that may affect biodiversity take place, and to address the exception for small-scale scientific research studies contained in CBD Decision X/33, subparagraph 8(w) on geo-engineering.

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Germany and ECLAC Sign Protocol for Structural Change Based on Equality and Sustainability [viewed]

ECLAC12 November 2013: The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) signed a protocol with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) aimed at boosting structural change based on equality and sustainability.

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IMO Meeting Adopts Amendments to Regulate Marine Geoengineering [viewed]

IMO18 October 2013: The 35th Consultative Meeting of Contracting Parties to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter, 1972 (London Convention) and 8th meeting of Contracting Parties to the 1996 Protocol thereto (London Protocol) concluded with the adoption of amendments to the London Protocol addressing marine geoengineering.

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ADB Study Estimates Cost of Climate Change in East Asia [viewed]

ADB17 October 2013: Protecting East Asia's most vulnerable sectors from climate change would cost US$36.6 billion annually, less than 0.3% of the region's GDP, according to the 'Economics of Climate Change in East Asia,' a report released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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Event: Training Course for Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves Managers [viewed]

The Training Course for Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves Managers is co-organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the island of Jeju. The course aims to deepen the understanding of biosphere reserve managers regarding the concept and vision of biosphere reserves, raise their awareness of the vulnerability of island and coastal biosphere reserves to climate change, and transfer technical knowledge. Created in 2009, the World Network of Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves aims to study, implement and disseminate island and coastal strategies to preserve biodiversity and heritage, promote sustainable development, and adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.  

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