Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Event: IEA Sustainable Buildings Workshop [viewed]

This workshop will contribute to the development of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) new initiative for Sustainable Building by seeking advice from key global building stakeholders. It will focus on: the IEA's building analytical methodology, data sources and model input assumptions; and collaboration on global building forecasting for energy efficiency and climate change mitigation potential.  

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Coffee Gene Sequencing Project Supports Climate Adaptation [viewed]

idb-fontagro11 September 2014: The complete sequence of the coffee genome has been released into the public domain in an attempt to accelerate plant variety selection in the face of climate change and to meet growers' specific needs. The genetic information of the Coffea arabica and Coffea eugenioides species, containing the location and characterization of more than 30,000 genes, was presented during the Conference of the Association for Science and Information on Coffee (ASIC), held 8-13 September in Armenia, Colombia.

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Climate Scientists Identify Future Research Priorities [viewed]

wcrp-ipcc10 September 2014: Climate scientists identified future research priorities, based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), during a workshop that was organized by the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and IPCC Working Group I (WG I).

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WMO Reports Record High Atmospheric GHG Levels [viewed]

WMO9 September 2014: The World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Bulletin indicates that the concentration of GHG in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2013 due to a surge in carbon dioxide levels, making international action on climate change all the more urgent.

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Pacific Northwest Climate Scientists Urged to Share Results Beyond Scientific Publications [viewed]

Pacific Northwest Climate Scientists10 September 2014: Participants at the Fifth Annual Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference considered the impacts of climate variability and change on the people, natural resources, and infrastructure of the region.

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ADB Highlights Wind and PV Potential in Developing Asia [viewed]

ADBAugust 2014: A total investment of US$2.3 trillion will be required for wind and solar photovoltaics (PV) to supply 10% of developing Asia's electricity in 2035, according to a report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The study, titled ‘Diversification of Energy Supply: Prospects for Emerging Energy Sources,' examines the status and future prospects of wind energy, PV and unconventional gas in the region.

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UNFCCC Reports on Non-Annex I GHG Inventory Trainings [viewed]

UNFCCC9 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a report on regional hands-on training workshops, organized between October 2013 and March 2014, on the use of non-Annex I greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory software (NAIIS). The report describes the proceedings of, and presentations and discussions held during, three workshops aimed at training national focal points and other key experts from non-Annex I parties.

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CIFOR Proposes Methodology to Compare REDD+ Policy Processes [viewed]

CIFOR9 September 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a study on 'Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA),' a methodology for examining different REDD+ policy processes. The study employs QCA on a variety of case studies, and concludes that the approach is useful even when studies are implemented by different researchers.

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IFPRI Launches Climate Change and Food Policy Website [viewed]

IFPRI Logo8 September 2014: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has launched a new website showcasing ongoing climate change research and project activities. The website aims to gather content, such as blogs, research outputs and project updates, from IFPRI climate change-related research and work seeking to assist small-scale farmers in finding ways to sustainably adapt and build resilience to a changing climate.

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UNFCCC Expert Meeting Discusses REDD+ Information Hub [viewed]

UNFCCC3 September 2014: An expert meeting on an information hub for information on results of the activities referred to in decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 70 (REDD-plus) and results-based payments was organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat from 2-3 September 2014, in Bonn, Germany.

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