Oceans & Coasts

UNESCO to Organize Expert Meeting on Climate Change and Arctic Sustainable Development [viewed]

25 February 2009: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is organizing an international experts meeting on “Climate Change and Arctic Sustainable Development: scientific, social, cultural and educational challenges.” The meeting will convene from 3-6 March 2009, in Monaco.

read more »

UNCTAD Meeting Addresses Maritime Transport and the Climate Change Challenge [viewed]

Maritime Transport and the Climate Change Challenge

19 February 2009: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) organized a meeting entitled “Maritime Transport and the Climate Change Challenge,” from 16-18 February 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland. Experts attending the gathering underlined that, although seaborne vessels' engines currently contribute between 1.6% and 4.1% of global carbon dioxide emissions, these may triple by 2050, and called for steps to limit the climate-change impact of maritime transport.

read more »

UNEP Releases Year Book 2009 [viewed]

UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Year Book 2009

16 February 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the UNEP Year Book 2009, which highlights environmental trends and relevant innovation, and points to the need for a low carbon economy.

read more »

UNEP Executive Director Links Mercury Pollution to Climate Change [viewed]

UNEP/GC.25

13 February 2009: UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner linked climate change and mercury pollution in an open editorial in the UK Guardian. The editorial was published prior to the 25th session of the UNEP Governing Council (UNEP GC-25), which is convening from 16-20 February 2009, in Nairobi, Kenya.

read more »

CGIAR-led Study Identifies Nations Highly Vulnerable to Climate Change Impacts on Fisheries [viewed]

World Fisheries Trust

6 February 2009: Climate change could lead to unprecedented hardship for many fishery-dependent poor countries according to a study conducted by a team of researchers at the WorldFish center, a research center supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and a number of other research institutions.

read more »

UN Secretary-General Calls on CARICOM to Address Climate Change and the Financial Crisis “in Tandem” [viewed]

Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM)

9 February 2009: In a speech given at the opening of the Fifth General Meeting of the UN and Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) and its Associated Institutions, taking place in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need for the two institutions to step up their collaboration in the face of multiple global crises. 

read more »

Scientists at UNESCO Forum Call for Action to Halt Rising Acidity in World's Oceans [viewed]

Marine scientists warn that coral reefs are in danger from climate changes and ocean acidification. Most ocean regions could become inhospitable to coral reefs by 2050 if atmospheric CO2 levels continue to increase, they say. (Photo : JoAnne Ford/IAEA)

2 February 2009: Over 150 leading marine scientists from 26 countries are calling for immediate action by government leaders worldwide to sharply reduce carbon dioxide emissions so as to avoid widespread and severe damage to marine ecosystems from ocean acidification. The call was made with the release of the Monaco Declaration on Ocean Acidification, which was developed by participants attending a UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) symposium on “The Ocean in a High-CO2 World,” from 6-9 October 2008, in Monaco.

read more »

CBD Executive Secretary on World Wetlands Day: Climate Change Impacts the Water Cycle [viewed]

Poster of World Wetlands Day

2 February 2009: On the occasion of World Wetlands Day, celebrated on 2 February 2009, the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Ahmed Djoghlaf, delivered a message stressing the need for integrated management of land and water.

read more »

WMO Bulletin Focuses on “Weather, Climate and the Air We Breathe” [viewed]

Weather, climate and the air we breathe

29 January 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released its latest Bulletin, which focuses on World Meteorological Day, to be celebrated on 23 March and focused on the theme: “Weather, climate and the air we breathe.”

read more »

NATO Secretary General addresses Impacts of Climate Change on Arctic Region [viewed]

NATO Secretary General addresses Impacts of Climate Change on Arctic Region

29 January 2009: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer addressed a Seminar on Security Prospects in the High North, underscoring that the Arctic ice cap melting causes changes that will affect the whole international community, and suggested that NATO could contribute to addressing this problem through its participation in relief operations and utilizing the opportunities inherent to the NATO-Russia Council.

read more »