Science, Assessment & Monitoring

CBD Secretariat Study on Biofuels and Biodiversity Highlights Opportunities, Risks [viewed]

September 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released a report analyzing and summarizing some of the major issues related to biofuels and biodiversity on the basis of the best available scientific information.

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CBD Study Examines Climate-related Geoengineering, Impacts on Biodiversity [viewed]

September 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published a study examining technical and regulatory matters on geoengineering in relation to the CBD. Circulated as CBD Technical Series No. 66, the study finds that there is no satisfactory climate geoengineering approach currently available, and that  international law provides an incomplete basis for the governance of geoengineering.

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SPC Supports Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment in Solomon Islands [viewed]

27 September 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) announced the completion of a climate change vulnerability and adaptation assessment in Choiseul Province, Solomon Islands.

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Event: ECLAC Technical Advisory Committee Meeting on the Economic and Social Impacts of Climate Change in the Caribbean [viewed]

This meeting is organized by the UN Economic Commission on Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and will bring together technical experts and government representatives of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries, Cuba and the Dominican Republic to examine the results of assessments of the economic and social impacts of climate change on the agriculture, coastal and marine, energy, health, tourism and water sectors in the Caribbean.  

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UNFCCC Publishes Report of US GHG Inventory Review [viewed]

28 September 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of the United States (FCCC/ARR/2011/USA), which outlines that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions increased by 7.2% between 1990 and 2009.

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UNFCCC Publishes Report of Vulnerability and Adaptation Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

27 September 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a note containing the progress report on the work of the Consultative Group of Experts on non-Annex I National Communications (CGE), which summarizes the training workshop that was held for the Latin America and Caribbean region on vulnerability and adaptation assessment (FCCC/SBI/2012/17). 

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UNFCCC Publishes Report on Africa Training Workshop on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories [viewed]

27 September 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a note on the progress report on the work of the Consultative Group of Experts on non-Annex I National Communications (CGE), containing a report on the hands-on training workshop on national greenhouse gas inventories for the Africa region (FCCC/SBI/2012/25).

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IEA Study on Urban Buses Calls for Replacing Fossil Fuels with Efficient Biofuels [viewed]

25 September 2012: The International Energy Agency's (IEA) Implementing Agreement on Bioenergy (IEA Bioenergy) has published a new report, titled "Fuel and Technology Alternatives for Buses: Overall Energy Efficiency and Emission Performance," which assesses the emissions reductions potential and fuel efficiency of various fuels for urban buses, and finds that replacing fossil fuels with efficient biofuels is most effective in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emission.

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GIZ-IICA Forum Presents Research on Adapting Maize and Bean Production to Climate Change [viewed]

10 September 2012: A technical forum organized by the Organization of American States' specialized agency, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), presented the main conclusions and lines of work of two Central American projects that are aimed at helping to adapt the region's maize and bean production to climate change.

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Guest Article #84: Evolving Research on Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

The scientific research on the impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change has evolved considerably over the last two decades as evidenced by the periodic assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This article charts the evolution of the science on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change over the last two decades.

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