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.

IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 Concludes with 'The Promise of Sydney' [viewed]

IUCN WPC 201420 November 2014: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) 2014 has concluded in Sydney, Australia, with the release of ‘The Promise of Sydney' outcome. The outcome sets out an agenda for the protection of the earth's natural assets over the next decade, and positions protected areas (PAs) as effective and efficient solutions to some of the world's key development challenges.

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UNEP Emissions Gap Report Highlights Role of Renewables, Energy Efficiency [viewed]

UNEP19 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched the fifth edition of its Emissions Gap Report, which draws on the research of the world's main atmospheric science, climate change and policy centers to present a unified message on the world's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, present and future, using shared indicators. This year's report finds that, under current trends and commitments, an additional gap of 14-17 gigatons of CO2-equivalent (Gt CO2-e) will need to be closed in 2030, if the world is to stay within the 2°C warming limit.

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MRV Partnership Francophone Workshop Focuses on NAMAs, GHG Inventories and INDCs [viewed]

MRV1 November 2014: The Cluster Francophone of the International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV (measurement, reporting and verification) held a workshop aimed at exchanging lessons learned and building the capacity of francophone negotiators on nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs), greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs).

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PrepCom Agrees to Open-ended Negotiations on Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

UNISDR18 November 2014: The Second Preparatory Committee (PrepCom 2) for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) met to continue negotiations on the revision of the 'Hyogo Framework for Action (2005-2015) - Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters' (HFA). Negotiators ended the session by agreeing to hold open-ended negotiations on the first draft, based on proposals put forward during the two-day meeting and anticipated amendments to be submitted by 20 November 2014.

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UNECE Committee Discusses Future of Forests as Carbon Sinks [viewed]

FAO UNECE18 November 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section conducted a regional review of carbon sequestration in forests. The review concludes that the European region contains 41% of the world's forests, worth 225 million tons of carbon per year as a forest biomass carbon sink.

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Kyoto Protocol Transaction Log Administrator Reports to SBI [viewed]

UNFCCC13 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the annual report of the administrator of the international transaction log (ITL) under the Kyoto Protocol, which outlines the activities of the ITL administrator from 1 October 2013 to 30 September 2014 (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.18).

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Event: Our Common Future Under Climate Change [viewed]

Organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Council for Science (ICSU) and Future Earth, in collaboration with a partnership of French organizations, this science-focused conference will examine the latest research around climate change. Participants will discuss the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and any new research since the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The event will touch upon the following themes: state of knowledge on climate change; scenarios exploring our common future; responding to climate change challenges; and collective action and transformative solutions. The Chair of the conference is Chris Field, Co-Chair of Working Group II of the IPCC.  

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UNFCCC Releases SED 4 Information Note [viewed]

UNFCCC14 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an information note by the co-facilitators of the structured expert dialogue (SED) on the 2013-2015 review, which provides information on the fourth meeting of the SED, scheduled to take place from 2-3 December 2014, in Lima, Peru.

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UNFCCC Releases Views on National Adaptation Processes [viewed]

UNFCCC13 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a compilation of countries' adaptation planning experiences, including information on good practices and lessons learned in the areas of ecosystems, human settlements, water resources and health. Parties and partner organizations of the Nairobi Work Programme (NWP) on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change were also invited to submit information on monitoring and evaluation, and processes and structures for linking national and local adaptation planning.

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UNFCCC Reviews Biennial Reports, National Communications Information [viewed]

UNFCCC13 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published an annual report on the technical review of information reported under the Convention related to biennial reports (BRs) and national communications (NCs) by Annex I Parties to the Convention (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/INF.20). The report describes activities relating to the review of information reported in the first biennial reports and sixth national communications submitted by Annex I Parties in 2014. It also provides information on the composition of expert review teams (ERTs) and on the training of reviewers.

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