Oceans & Coasts

UN Security Council Debates Security Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

20 July 2011: The UN Security Council held its second thematic debate on “Maintenance of international peace and security: the impact of climate change,” on 20 July 2011, in New York, US. Many delegates expressed concern that adverse effects of climate change could aggravate existing threats to international peace and security. While noting that the loss of territory in some States due to sea-level rise, particularly in small, low-lying island States, could have security implications, the Security Council could not agree that it had a role to play in this regard.

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IRRI Highlights Impact of Climate-Induced Salt Intrusion on Rice [viewed]

July 2011: The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has released the July-September edition of its newsletter Rice Today, which includes an article on climate impacts on rice paddies in Bangladesh and the use of salt-tolerant rice varieties.

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PIFS, SPREP Coordinate "Writeshop" for Renewables and Desalination Projects [viewed]

14 July 2011:  The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) coordinated a "writeshop" that aimed to help over 40 participants prepare proposals for the Pacific Environment Community (PEC) Fund and the Pacific Islands Greenhouse Gas Abatement through Renewable Energy Project (PIGGAREP).

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UNCSD Secretary-General Outlines Eight Priorities for UNCSD [viewed]

13 July 2011: Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), summarized his recent speech in Washington, DC, US, in a new post to his blog. He elaborated on eight “new and emerging challenges” that States and other stakeholders have highlighted for priority attention. The challenges include energy access, green jobs, sustainable agriculture, marine resources and financing.

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Event: Third Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World [viewed]

This symposium is sponsored by the Scientific Committee on Oceanographic Research (SCOR), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP). The symposium aims to attract over 300 of the world's leading scientists to discuss the impacts of ocean acidification on marine organisms, ecosystems, and biogeochemical cycles. It will also cover socioeconomic consequences of ocean acidification, including policy and management implications.  

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IMO Environment Committee Adopts Mandatory GHG Reduction Measures [viewed]

15 July 2011: The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted mandatory measures to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from international shipping, representing the first ever mandatory global greenhouse gas reduction regime for an international industry sector.

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EEA Releases Reports on Water in a Changing Environment [viewed]

15 July 2011: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report on hazardous substances emitted into fresh and marine waters, noting climate change impacts, and another report on climate change impacts on water services and health.

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Event: Blue Carbon Scientific Working Group Meeting II [viewed]

 

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UN MDG Report Highlights Progress Despite the Financial, Food and Energy Crises [viewed]

7 July 2011: The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report 2011 finds that, despite setbacks from recent economic, food and energy crises, major progress towards the MDGs has been achieved. However, it indicates that progress has been unequal and the most vulnerable are left behind, noting disparities based on sex, age, disability and ethnicity, and between urban and rural areas.

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Event: 62nd Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) [viewed]

Delegates at this meeting will consider: mandatory measures to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from international shipping for adoption; amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) to designate a new US Caribbean sea area emission control area; the designation of the Baltic Sea as a Special Area with respect to pollution by sewage from ships; and the adoption of a revised Annex V related to control of garbage. The MEPC will also discuss issues relating to the implementation of the ship recycling and ballast water management conventions and consider the adoption of new guidelines on bio-fouling.  

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