Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNFCCC Releases COP 19 Report Revision [viewed]

UNFCCC25 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has issued a revision to the report on action taken by the Conference of the Parties at its 19th session (COP 19), which contains decisions 16-23/CP.19 adopted by the COP.

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Blue Carbon Initiative Helps Assess Coastal Ecosystems Carbon Stocks [viewed]

thebluecarboninitiativeSeptember 2014: The Blue Carbon Initiative, co-led by Conservation International (CI), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Intergovernmental Oceanic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has produced a manual, titled ‘Coastal Blue Carbon: Methods for assessing carbon stocks and emissions factors in mangroves, tidal salt marshes, and seagrass meadows.'

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Event: 2nd Technical Workshop on the Draft Revised Guidelines for the Technical Review of Annex I GHG Inventories [viewed]

The second technical workshop on the draft revised guidelines for the technical review of greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories from Annex I Parties will take place in Bonn, Germany. The workshop is part of the work programme on the revision of the guidelines for the review of biennial reports (BRs) and national communications (NCs) for developed country parties. It will allow for further discussion on outstanding issues to advance the text of the revised UNFCCC Annex I inventory review guidelines. The workshop, open to all parties, will be organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat under the guidance of the Chair of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). A draft of the revised UNFCCC Annex I inventory review guidelines prepared by the UNFCCC Secretariat, as per the request of the 40th session of the SBSTA, will serve as input to the discussions.  

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Event: GHG Inventory Training Seminar [viewed]

The UNFCCC Secretariat will hold a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory Training Seminar from 21-23 October 2014, in Bonn, Germany.  

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UNEP Calls for Action on Mangroves [viewed]

UNEP29 September 2014: On the occasion of the 16th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has issued a report, titled 'The Importance of Mangroves to People: A Call to Action.' The report details the economic and environmental importance of mangroves, as well as tools and policy measures available for protecting them.

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Urgency of Healthy Oceans Stressed by Experts, Officials [viewed]

italy-palau-monaco26 September 2014: At a high-level special event on ‘Healthy Oceans and Seas: Paving the Way Towards a Sustainable Development Goal,' participants addressed specific ways to conserve and promote the sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources, in relation to the proposed SDG 14. Climate change was also a strong theme of the discussion.

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Arctic Sea Ice Sixth Lowest on Record [viewed]

Wmo25 September 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported that the area of Arctic sea ice fell to approximately five million square kilometres this year, the lowest of the year and the sixth lowest on record, which reinforces the downward trend in Arctic ice extent.

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CAFF's ABA Illustrates Change in the Arctic [viewed]

CAFF25 September 2014: The Arctic Council has published an article graphically illustrating changes occurring in Arctic sea ice, temperatures and plant density over a period of 30 years, from 1982-2011. The publication, titled 'Sea ice and vegetation trends in the Arctic,' is part of a series highlighting issues identified by the publication of the Council's biodiversity working group, Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna's (CAFF), titled 'Arctic Biodiversity Assessment' (ABA).

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Resilient Cities Acceleration Initiative Launched at UN Climate Summit [viewed]

climate-summit-201425 September 2014: During the UN Climate Summit, commitments were made to: raise US$2 billion for cities at risk from extreme weather events due to climate change; help 500 local governments develop resilience action plans by 2020; and double the number of cities and partners committed to building resilience by the end of 2015.

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UNU Spotlights Climate Change-related Productivity Losses [viewed]

UNU23 September 2014: An article published by the UN University (UNU) argues that the economic case for climate action is further strengthened by heat-related labor productivity losses resulting from climate change, which amount to billions of US dollars. While the physiological limits of human beings exposed to heat when working have long been studied in public health science, scientists and economists have only recently begun paying attention to their links to climate change, according to environmental and occupational health scientist Tord Kjellstrom.

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