Science, Assessment & Monitoring

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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Event: 2nd Task Force Meeting on the Future Work of the IPCC [viewed]

This Task Group meeting will consider submissions received from scientists, observer organizations, Technical Support Units (TSUs) and the Secretariat regarding: future IPCC products; appropriate structure and modus operandi for producing these products; and enhancing developing country participation in the IPCC's future work. The Group will also consider a draft Options paper prepared by the Task Group Co-Chairs, drawing on government submissions, and further elaborate, as necessary, to take into account submissions from scientists involved in preparing IPCC reports, IPCC observer organizations and other relevant stakeholders. The views and preliminary conclusions will be submitted to IPCC 40.  

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CIFOR Reports on Zambian MRV System [viewed]

cifor-unreddSeptember 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), in profiling Zambia's 'Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) for REDD+', has reported on the country's national REDD+ strategy, institutional capacity, data needs and knowledge gaps.

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WMO Launches SIDS Partnership to Strengthen Climate Services [viewed]

WMO2 September 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) launched a Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) partnership for strengthening weather and climate services in small island developing States (SIDS). The launch took place during the Third International Conference on SIDS taking place in Apia, Samoa, from 1-4 September.

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WMO Launches Weather Reports from 2050 [viewed]

WMO1 September 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has asked television weathermen and women from all over the world to prepare a daily weather report for the year 2050 depicting likely local impacts of global climate change.

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