Science, Assessment & Monitoring

This section relates to the scientific analysis, research and predictions about the magnitude of the impact of many effects of a changing global climate. It covers issues related to climate science and the assessment and monitoring of climate variability.

Transparency International Evaluates UN-REDD [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme28 October 2014: Transparency International has conducted an assessment on the level of accountability of the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD). The assessment reveals that UN-REDD has achieved some best practices in transparency although there is some room for improvement when considering criteria for accountability at the senior policy level.

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BNEF Assesses Clean Energy Activities in Emerging Economies [viewed]

DFID MIF USAID Bloomberg New Energy Finance28 October 2014: A study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) assessing clean energy activities and investments in emerging markets has found that capacity additions in these markets, over the past five years, totalled 142 GW, representing faster growth than in developed countries, and equal to more than France's existing clean energy capacity.

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TEC, CTCN Release Report to COP 20 [viewed]

UNFCCC27 October 2014: In preparation for the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, the Secretariat has released an advance version of a joint report detailing the activities and functions of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN). In the bodies' joint key messages for the COP, they report that the Technology Mechanism is "fully operational and fulfilling its mandate" and emphasize the need for stable financial support for effective operation.

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EU-Backed Project Launches Electronic Atlas on Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

empas 16 October 2014: A collaborative European research project has launched a website with stories and maps relating to climate change adaptation issues. The website, titled ‘Climaps: A Global Issue Atlas of Climate Change Adaptation,' was developed as part of the three-year ‘Electronic Maps to Assist Public Science (EMAPS)' project, which received funding from the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7) ‘Science in Society' programme, and used the ‘controversy mapping' method to illustrate the main actors and controversies around major scientific debates.

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EU to Exceed 2020 Energy and Climate Targets [viewed]

EEA28 October 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published an updated analysis of the EU's progress toward its 2020 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, renewable energy and efficiency goals. The results suggest that the EU is on track to meet all three targets by 2020, but that subsequent targets set for 2030 will require more effort nationally and at the EU level.

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IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee Approves Polar Code Provisions [viewed]

IMO20 October 2014: The 67th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved provisions of the draft International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code), and adopted draft amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). The meeting also adopted resolutions supporting the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (BWM Convention), and considered a greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions study, energy efficiency in ships, and issues relating to fuel consumption and quality.

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Event: Analysis and Management of Changing Risks for Natural Hazards [viewed]

This conference is the culmination of two European Commission (EC) projects: Changing Hydro-meteorological Risks as Analyzed by a New Generation of European Scientists (CHANGES); and Increasing Resilience through Earth Observation (IncREO). It aims to facilitate the exchange of ideas related to effective risk management strategies. Participants will also discuss research results on the effects of changing hydro-meteorological risks and the development of innovative methodologies for quantitative hazard and risk forecasts. Sessions will take place on: ecosystem-based approaches to disaster management; forecasting future changes in hydro-meteorological triggers; using remote sensing techniques to generate asset maps; modeling changes in societal parameters to characterize exposure and vulnerability; modeling changes in natural risks and risk scenarios; adapting risk management to future changes; risk communication; geo-information and visualization tools for risk assessments; and transferability of multi-hazard risk assessment methods to developing countries.  

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GHGT-12 Examines CCS Advancements [viewed]

ieaghg27 October 2014: The Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme of the International Energy Agency (IEA) hosted the 12th Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Conference (GHGT-12), holding a series of technical discussions, an exhibition, poster session and plenaries to advance and share knowledge of technologies that do or can potentially allow the use of fossil fuels without further contributing to climate change.

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Philippines National Budget "Tags" Climate Change Response Funds [viewed]

World Bank-Philippines24 October 2014: In the Philippines, 53 national agencies have begun the process of "tagging" proposed climate change funding in their 2015 national budget submissions. With over 5% of the total tagged as climate change expenditures, the system intends to make the tracking, strategy and prioritization of the national response to climate change more transparent.

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IPCC-40 Begins its Work on the SYR [viewed]

IPCC27 October 2014: The 40th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-40) opened at the Tivoli Conference Center in Copenhagen, Denmark, to consider and finalize the Synthesis Report (SYR), which integrates and synthesizes the findings from the three working group reports that comprise the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The Panel is expected to approve, line by line, the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) and adopt the longer SYR section by section. More than 800 authors and review editors from 85 countries have participated in the preparation of AR5 over the past six years.

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