Science, Assessment & Monitoring

CCAC Agriculture Initiative Expands to Methane Emissions from Rice [viewed]

ccac-ccaf-ciat-irri31 October 2014: A research effort to reduce methane emissions from rice cultivation in Viet Nam, Bangladesh and Colombia has been launched under the Agriculture Initiative of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC). Three international research institutions, working together with rice farmers, policy makers and other partners, expect to reduce emissions by 30-50% by using an innovative irrigation method.

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IEA: Morocco's Energy Strategy and Renewable Energy Targets on Track [viewed]

iea-morocco31 October 2014: An in-depth review of Morocco's energy policies conducted by the International Energy Agency (IEA) indicates that the country has made important advances in wind and solar energy, and fuel subsidy reform. The report, titled ‘Morocco 2014 – Energy Policies Beyond IEA Countries,' encourages the government to keep its current course, and provides specific recommendations on related strategies, deployment of renewable energy, and policy and regulatory frameworks.

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World Bank Charts Zero-carbon Electricity Pathways for Climate Stabilization [viewed]

World Bank1 October 2014: The World Bank has published a policy research working paper, titled ‘Pathways toward Zero-carbon Electricity Required for Climate Stabilization,' which calculates the carbon content of electricity in a set of existing prospective stabilization scenarios, and shows that near-zero carbon electricity: is required for staying within a global temperature rise range of 2-3°C; can be achieved even if some key technologies are not available; and should occur in every major country or region in the world.

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IEA Bioenergy Workshop Focuses on Indirect Land Use Change Impacts [viewed]

IEA23 October 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy organization hosted a one-day workshop on ‘Bioenergy: Land Use and Mitigating Indirect Land Use Change (iLUC),' during which 11 experts gave presentations on the issue's policy background, mitigation models and applications, case studies and related global aspects.

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IPCC Approves AR5 Synthesis Report [viewed]

ipcc401 November 2014: The 40th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-40) met to consider and finalize the Synthesis Report (SYR), which integrates the findings from the three IPCC Working Group (WG) reports. Together, these comprise the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). On 1 November, the Panel approved the SYR's Summary for Policymakers (SPM) line by line, and adopted the longer SYR section by section.

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October 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

climate-finance3 November 2014: During October 2014, the Asian Development Bank (ABD), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) reported on climate resilience projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America, among others.

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SPC Supports REDD+ Capacity Building [viewed]

fao-unff-scp30 October 2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) organized two regional workshops on forests to support forest financing and build capacity for forest monitoring. Both workshops are intended to contribute to expanded participation in REDD+ among countries in the region.

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UN-REDD Explores Reference Level Setting [viewed]

unredd31 October 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released a report on approaches for establishing 'Forest Reference Emission Levels and/or Forest Reference Levels' (FREL/FRLs), which are relevant for climate change mitigation efforts such as REDD+.

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New EU Car Fleet Emissions Performance in Line with Targets [viewed]

EEA30 October 2014: According to a report by the European Environment Agency (EEA), efficiency of passenger cars and vans in the EU has improved over the past years, and the number of electric cars, albeit still low, is increasing rapidly. The report, which presents data on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from these vehicles, finds that, on average, both passenger cars and vans sold in 2013 were already below the maximum permitted emissions per kilometer threshold set by the European Commission for 2015.

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Event: Regional Workshop: Metrology and Technology Challenges of Climate Science and Renewable Energy [viewed]

This regional event on 'Metrology and Technology Challenges of Climate Science and Renewable Energy,' coordinated by the Organization of American States (OAS), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the US, and the National Intitutes of Metrology of the ANDIMET (part of the Inter-American Metrology System, SIM), targets participants from industry, academia, and the public and private sectors of the member countries of the SIM. The workshop aims to contribute to: advancement of renewable energy technologies and low-carbon economic growth in the context of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA); and reduction of the region's potential contribution to climate change, while promoting economic development. The workshop will focus on identifying measurement challenges relating to climate science and renewable energy, and developing related capabilities.  

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