Science, Assessment & Monitoring

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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CCAFS Studies Agricultural Impacts of Climate Change in Central and South America [viewed]

CCAFSAugust 2014: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has published a working paper, titled ‘Climate Change in Central and South America: Recent Trends, Future Projections, and Impacts on Regional Agriculture,' which focuses on climate change impacts on key crops currently grown in each region.

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First IRENA Flagship Series Report Charts Transition to Renewables [viewed]

IRENA8 September 2014: The first edition of a new flagship publication series of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) argues that a new power system that is based on renewable energy would enhance energy access and security, create jobs and safeguard health and the environment globally. Titled ‘REthinking Energy: Towards a New Power System,' the report argues that new approaches to electricity systems planning and market design, policy frameworks and funding, and training and education are required to "take the energy transformation to the next level."

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NORDEN Report Assesses Climate Change Effects on Primary Nordic Industries [viewed]

Nordic Council LogoAugust 2014: The Nordic Council of Ministers (NORDEN) has published a report, titled ‘Climate change and primary industries: Impacts, adaptation and mitigation in the Nordic countries,' which focuses on the effects of climate change on the primary Nordic industries, namely agriculture, fishing and forestry.

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Event: Asia Urban Futures Workshop [viewed]

The US Agency for International Development (USAID), together with UN-HABITAT, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Global Pulse are co-hosting this workshop under the theme 'Shaping solutions to the challenges of tomorrow for Asia's cities'. The event seeks to bring together diverse stakeholders to discuss some of the major challenges and opportunities facing Asian cities as the result of rapid urbanization and climate change. The workshop will look at scenarios, models and forecasts from experts on Asian cities, as well as examples of state-of-the-art science and technology-based approaches for building urban resilience.  

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UN Climate Summit Big Data Challenge Winners Announced [viewed]

WinnersAnnounced_22 September 2014: A monitoring system providing real-time forest information and a tool promoting climate-smart agriculture among farmers in Colombia are the winners of the UN Global Pulse's Big Data Climate Challenge. Seven additional 'Projects to Watch' come from a wide range of countries, including India, China, South Africa, the UK and the US. Aimed at highlighting data-driven evidence to drive climate action, the Challenge is an initiative of the UN Secretary-General.

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