Science, Assessment & Monitoring

CCAFS Re-Launches 'Big Facts' Website on Climate Change and Agriculture [viewed]

CCAFS8 February 2014: The Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has re-launched a website of open access facts, maps and graphics illustrating the nexus among climate change, agriculture and food security issues.

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Event: World Weather Open Science Conference 2014 [viewed]

The World Weather Open Science Conference (WWOSC2014): The Weather: What's the Outlook, which is convening for the first time ever, will bring together the weather science and user communities under the overarching theme ‘Seamless Prediction of the Earth System: from minutes to months'. WWOSC2014 will examine the “frontiers of knowledge,” and outline new scientific goals and challenges. The Conference will feature special sessions on high-impact weather events, such as heatwaves, droughts, cold snaps and floods. The Conference's two streams – the Science Program and the User, Application and Social Science Program – will meet in joint plenary and special sessions. The Science Program will cover basic weather research, as well research needed to establish prediction systems and assess the impacts of weather and climate events. The User Program will consider challenges and opportunities associated with communicating and employing weather information, science and services that reap social and economic benefits. The Conference is being co-organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the International Council for Science, Environment Canada, and the National Research Council, Canada.  

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2013 Among the Warmest on Record: WMO Reports [viewed]

WMO5 February 2014: According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), 2013 was among the top ten warmest years since recordings began in 1850. Tied with 2007 as the sixth warmest year, 2013's global land and ocean surface temperature was .50°C above the 1961-1990 average and .03°C above the 2001-2010 decadal average. 

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UNFCCC Releases COP 19 and CMP 9 Reports [viewed]

UNFCCC31 January 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the reports of the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) and the 9th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 9). The reports contain the COP 19 and CMP 9 decisions taken at the Warsaw Conference and the proceedings from the sessions of COP 19 and CMP 9.

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IGAD, UNOSAT Meeting Focuses on DRR Capacities in the Horn of Africa [viewed]

UNITAR IGAD23 January 2014: Representatives of member States of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), international organizations, UN agencies, the private sector, academia and the media convened in Nairobi, Kenya, for a meeting on ‘Strengthening technological capacities and information access for improving disaster risk reduction in the Horn of Africa.'

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World Bank Launches City Climate Accreditation Program [viewed]

World BankJanuary 2014: The World Bank's Urban Development and Resilience Unit has launched a certification program for personnel working on city greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, low-carbon planning and climate risk assessment. The goal of the City Climate Planner Accreditation Program is to promote a global certification standard to facilitate climate planning and investment in cities worldwide.

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IRENA Reviews Indicators of Renewable Energy Deployment Policies in Developing Countries [viewed]

IRENAFebruary 2014: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), in collaboration with the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), has undertaken a systematic review of literature on indicators of effectiveness, efficiency, equity and institutional feasibility of national renewable energy deployment policies, with a focus on developing countries.

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UN Scientific Advisory Board Holds Inaugural Meeting [viewed]

scientific-advisory-board31 January 2014: The first meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon set out a calendar for its work, and discussed means to tighten the linkage between the science and policy, as well as to define priority scientific issues for sustainable development. 

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IPCC Report Finds Warming Unequivocal, Human Influence Dominant Cause [viewed]

IPCC30 January 2014: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the full and finalized report of Working Group I's contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), titled ‘Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis.'

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UNISDR Releases Proposed Elements of Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

UNISDR17 December 2013: The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) has published a document outlining ‘Proposed Elements for Consideration in the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction,' which draws from stakeholder consultations that have taken place since 2012.

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