Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Campaign to Align Corporate Emission Reduction Targets with 2°C Goal [viewed]

science_based_targets20 May 2015: The Science Based Targets initiative has launched a global campaign to recruit 100 companies by the end of 2015 to set emission reduction targets in line with climate science. While 80% of the world's 500 largest companies are setting such targets, only the most proactive companies are doing so at the level required to meet the internationally agreed goal of limiting global temperature rise to 2°C above pre-industrial levels by 2100.

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Subnational Governments Sign Under2 MOU [viewed]

under2mou20 May 2015: A group of 12 subnational governments, representing more than US$4.5 trillion in GDP and 100 million people, have signed the ‘Under2 MOU,' a commitment to take leadership on climate action at the relevant levels of jurisdiction. The 12 signatories include: California, Oregon, Vermont and Washington, in the US; Acre, Brazil; Baden-Württemberg, Germany; Baja California and Jalisco in Mexico; Catalonia, Spain; Ontario and British Columbia in Canada; and Wales, UK.

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UN-REDD Rolls out Benefits and Risks Tool (BeRT) [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme19 May 2015: The UN collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) in developing countries (UN-REDD Programme) has launched a tool designed to help REDD+ countries assess the social and environmental benefits and risks associated with potential REDD+ activities. The Benefits and Risks Tool (BeRT) can also analyze existing policies, laws and regulations to see how effectively they address the safeguards that the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC decided should be considered in the undertaking of REDD+ actions.

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CCAC High-Level Assembly Endorses Framework for Five-Year Strategic Plan [viewed]

iisdrs_ccac20 May 2015: The sixth High-Level Assembly of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) has initiated the development of a detailed implementing and planning instrument, the 'CCAC Five-Year Strategic Plan.' The Assembly endorsed a framework for the Plan with a view to launching it at the next High-Level Assembly, which will be held on the margins of the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015.

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Petersberg Climate Dialogue Strengthens Momentum Ahead of Paris [viewed]

6th Petersberg Climate Dialogue19 May 2015: The Sixth Petersberg Climate Dialogue focused on preparations for the Paris Climate Change Conference and included discussions on: the core elements of the planned 2015 climate agreement; intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs); the role of climate finance; the form a set of rules “anchored in the Paris agreement” might take; and the best way to use the remaining time before Paris in order to address as many unresolved issues as quickly as possible.

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UNEP Calls for Resource-Efficient Growth in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

UNEP19 May 2015: During the First Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report detailing patterns of resource use in the Asia-Pacific region. The report, titled 'Indicators for a Resource Efficient and Green Asia and the Pacific,' finds that wasteful use of resources is detrimental the region's future growth, but that countries in the region have great potential for low-carbon and resource-efficient growth.

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UNFCCC Updates on Annex I Party Reporting [viewed]

UNFCCC13 May 2015: In preparation for the 42nd session of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) taking place in June 2015, the UNFCCC Secretariat has released a note (FCCC/SBI/2015/INF.3) informing parties of the status of reporting by Annex I parties as of 30 April 2015. The update provides the status of the submission and review of the sixth national communications (NC6s) and first biennial reports (BR1s).

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IMO MEPC 68 Adopts Environmental Provisions of Polar Code [viewed]

IMO15 May 2015: The 68th Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted the environmental part of the Polar Code, which is the international code of safety for ships operating in waters surrounding the Earth's poles. MEPC also adopted the relevant amendments under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) to make the Code mandatory.

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Pacific Climate Change Roundtable Focuses on Paris Conference [viewed]

ppcr15 May 2015: The fifth Pacific Climate Change Roundtable (PCCR) aimed to, inter alia: update the region on the latest climate change science and finance issues and their implications for the region and the UNFCCC negotiations; review the implementation of, and share lessons learned from, the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change (PIFACC) against agreed indicators in its monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework; facilitate and provide mechanisms for strengthening networking, partnerships and collaborations among Pacific Island Countries; and discuss the new Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development Plan (SRDP).

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SE4ALL Global Tracking Framework Reports Rapid but Insufficient Progress [viewed]

progress_toward_sustainable_energy18 May 2015: According to the second edition of the Sustainable Energy for ALL (SE4ALL) Global Tracking Framework, the world has made more rapid progress on sustainable energy during 2010-2012 than the period from 1990-2010, measured in the first edition of the Framework. The report cautions, however, that efforts must further accelerate to achieve SE4ALL's three goals of: doubling the share of renewables in the global energy mix; doubling the global rate of energy efficiency improvement; and ensuring universal access to modern energy by 2030.

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