Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UK Environmental Audit Committee Hears Evidence on SDGs, Post-2015 Process [viewed]

UK Parliament2 December 2014: The Environmental Audit Committee of the UK House of Commons conducted a hearing on the Government's priorities and positioning in negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The hearing covered, inter alia, the number of goals, the possibility of an SDG on climate change, and UK representation in the overall post-2015 process.

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IPCC, WMO Event Explores Different Applications of AR5 [viewed]

limacop203 December 2014: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) organized a side event on 'The IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5): A User's Perspective.' Held on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference, the event presented ways the AR5 is put to practice by policymakers, business and civil society and explored ideas for making it more user-friendly.

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COP 20 Side Event Explores Role of Science in Climate Justice [viewed]

limacop203 December 2014: The ethics of loss and damage are complicated by the difficulties in linking damages from extreme weather events to changing emissions, according to an event at the Lima Climate Change Conference organized by the Met Office Hadley Centre, Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) and the University of Reading. The event, 'Climate Change Science Update: The Challenges for Robust Decision Making,' also explored barriers to making climate projections; risk management in the face of uncertainty; and climate justice.

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OECD Publishes Data on Climate-Related External Financial Flows [viewed]

OECD_NEWNovember 2014: The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's Development Assistance Committee (OECD-DAC) has presented a set of statistics that capture an integrated and comprehensive picture of both bilateral and multilateral climate-related external development finance flows, which play an important role in supporting developing countries in their transition to low-carbon, climate-resilient and sustainable development pathways.

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UNFCCC SCF Releases Biennial Assessment of Climate Finance Flows [viewed]

UNFCCC3 December 2014: The UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) has released a compilation of information and data on financial flows supporting mitigation and adaptation within countries and via international support. The assessment estimates a lower range of global total climate finance flows of US$340 billion a year for the period 2011-2012 and an upper range of at least US$650 billion.

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2014 One of Hottest Years on Record, Says WMO [viewed]

WMO3 December 2014: 2014 is turning out to be one of the hottest years, if not the hottest year, on record, according to preliminary estimates by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). WMO attributes the high temperatures to record high sea surface temperatures, which contributed to heavy rainfall and floods in many countries and extreme drought in others. The WMO's provisional statement of the ‘Status of the Global Climate in 2014' is intended to inform the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Lima, Peru.

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CIFOR Draws on Indonesia Example for SIS Guidance [viewed]

CIFORDecember 2014: In support of discussions on REDD+ at the Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released a series of briefs on REDD+ safeguards. The sixth in the series presents a case study from Indonesia to demonstrate a low-cost Safeguard Information System (SIS).

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EU Parliament Outlines Priorities for Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

europeanparliament27 November 2014: The European Parliament has adopted a resolution defining its collective priorities for the post-2015 development agenda. Priorities include ending poverty and fighting inequalities, a human rights-based approach, and a variety of social, economic, and environmental development issues.

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CIFOR and CIRAD Identify Conditions for Participatory MRV [viewed]

cifor-cirad2 December 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD) released a "perspective climate change" brief on the involvement of local people in measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) for REDD+. The brief concludes that the feasibility of local participation in MRV is tied to capacity, relevance to communities, and the strength of MRV structures.

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Mitigation and MRV Partnership Meeting Discusses INDCs [viewed]

MRV1 December 2014: Participants exchanged views regarding what a rules-based architecture for a global climate agreement could imply at the 15th informal meeting of the International Partnership for Mitigation and MRV, which convened on the sidelines of the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany, in October 2014.

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