Oceans & Coasts

UN Secretary-General Stresses Role of Wetlands in Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

10th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties 28 October 2008: In a video message to the tenth meeting of

the Conference of the Contracting Parties of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands,

taking place in Changwon, Republic of Korea, from 28 October-4 November 2008,

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the appropriateness of the

conference's theme, “Healthy wetlands, healthy people.”

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UN-HABITAT: State of the World's Cities Report Underlines Coastal Cities' Vulnerability to Climate Change [viewed]

State of the World's Cities 2008/2009

23 October 2008: The UN Human Settlements Programme

(UN-HABITAT) has launched “State of the World's Cities 2008/2009: Harmonious

Cities,” a flagship report published every two years by the UN agency.

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UNESCO and IAEA Convene Symposium on Ocean Acidification [viewed]

16 October 2008: The second symposium on “The Ocean in a

High CO2 World” convened from 6-9 October 2008, at the Oceanography Museum of

Monaco, sponsored by, inter alia, the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research,

the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Committee of the UN Educational, Scientific

and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO), and the International Atomic Energy

Agency's (IAEA) Marine Environmental Laboratory.

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IMO Environment Committee Makes Progress on Emissions Regulations for Ships [viewed]

Major progress on air pollution, ship recycling and ballast water management at IMO environment meeting 13 October 2008: The International Maritime Organization's

(IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) held its 58th session from

6-10 October 2008, in London, UK. The Committee maintained momentum in limiting

or reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships, and made substantive

progress in developing technical and operational measures to address these

emissions.

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UNEP Announces Projects to Prove Investments in Nature-Based Assets Serve as Key Adaptation Measures [viewed]

Country Pilots to Prove Investments in Nature-Based Assets Give High Economic, Social and Environmental Rate of Return 6 October 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in

cooperation with governments, is drawing up some projects to demonstrate that

re-investing in damaged ecosystems can generate significant economic,

environmental and social returns.

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IMO Continues Work on Regime to Control GHG Emissions [viewed]

<br /> Ship emissions high on agenda at IMO environment meeting 3 October 2008: The Marine Environment Protection Committee

of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is meeting in London, UK, for

its 58th session, from 6-10 October 2008. During the meeting, the Committee

will continue its work on developing a mandatory regime to control greenhouse

gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping.

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Impacts of Europe's Changing Climate – 2008 Indicator-Based Assessment [viewed]

Impacts of Europe's changing climate - 2008 indicator-based assessment 29 September 2008: This European Environment Agency (EEA) report presents past and projected climate change and impacts in Europe, based on approximately 40 indicators, and identifies sectors and regions that are vulnerable and require adaptation.

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UNEP Announces Tenth Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans to Consider Climate Change Challenges [viewed]

September 2008: The Tenth Global Meeting of the Regional

Seas Conventions and Action Plans will take place in Guayaquil, Ecuador, from

25-27 November 2008.

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UNESCO: International Symposium on the Water-Energy Nexus to Convene [viewed]

September 2008: An International Symposium on ‘Resolving the Water-Energy Nexus' will be held in Paris, France, from 26-28 November 2008. The Symposium will convene within the framework of the UN Educational,

Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) International Hydrological Programme (IHP) in collaboration with UNESCO's Renewable Energy Programme, and will be organized by the non-profit association RED-Ethique.

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UNEP: World Glaciers Need Better Monitoring [viewed]

Global Glaciers Changes: facts and figures The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the

World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) launched a new facts and figures report

on glaciers and ice caps during a side event on 1 September 2008, in Geneva,

Switzerland, during the 29th plenary session of the Intergovernmental

Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). “Global Glacier Changes: Facts and Figures”

presents recent fluctuations of glaciers and ice caps and underlines an overall

trend of glaciers' retreat. Wilfried Haeberli, Director of WGMS, noted that

glaciers are unique demonstration objects of global climate change.

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