Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Event: Regional Workshop on Promoting International Collaboration to Facilitate Preparation, Submission and Implementation of NAMAs [viewed]

The Regional Workshop on Promoting International Collaboration to Facilitate Preparation, Submission and Implementation of NAMAs will be held from 16-19 April 2013 in Maseru, Lesotho. The meeting will aim at facilitating the preparation, submission and implementation of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in Africa.  

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Study Assesses Impact of Short-Lived Climate Pollutants on Sea-Level Rise [viewed]

UNEP17 April 2013: A study published by Nature Climate Change concludes that sea-level rise can be cut by reducing local air pollution from four short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), namely black carbon, methane, tropospheric ozone and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

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UN-Backed Seminar Assesses Impact of Glaciers Melting on Water Systems in Central Asia [viewed]

UNESCO15 April 2013: Approximately 60 researchers and officials from the five Central Asian States and Afghanistan, as well as representatives from international organizations and the donor community, gathered at a UN-backed seminar to discuss the impact of glacier melting on the water resources of Central Asia and review practical steps in adaptation strategies at national and regional levels.

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Ramsar, Conservation International Enhance Cooperation [viewed]

15 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) and Conservation International (CI) have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on the sidelines of the 46th meeting of the Ramsar Standing Committee to provide a framework for future cooperation.

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Dublin Conference Stresses Local Solutions to Address Food Security and Climate Challenges [viewed]

16 April 2013: At a two-day conference in Dublin, Ireland, global leaders discussed critical challenges related to addressing hunger, nutrition and climate justice. Panel discussions focused on: risks, rights, knowledge and empowerment in the hunger, nutrition and climate justice dialogue; a vision for the world in 2050; local knowledge and local solutions; the post-2015 development agenda; effective policy responses; and commitments to lead.

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UNFCCC Publishes Romania's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

12 April 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2012 annual submission of Romania (FCCC/ARR/2012/ROU), which indicates that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for this country decreased by 57.6% between 1990 and 2010, the key driver for this decrease being the economic downturn during the transition period to a market economy.

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UNFCCC Publishes Belarus' GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

12 April 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2012 annual submission of Belarus (FCCC/ARR/2012/BLR), which indicates that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for this country, excluding the land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) sector, decreased by 35.7% between 1990 and 2010.

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UNFCCC Publishes Iceland's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

12 April 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2012 annual submission of Iceland (FCCC/ARR/2012/ISL), which indicates that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for this country increased by 29.7% between 1990 and 2010.

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TEEB for Business Lists 100 Top Environmental Externalities [viewed]

15 April 2013: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity Business Coalition (TEEB for Business) has released a report on environmental externalities of businesses, titled "Natural Capital at Risk – The Top 100 Externalities of Business.” The report concludes that the top 100 environmental externalities cost the world economy approximately US$7.3 trillion annually, around 13% of global economic output.

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High Seas Conference Concludes with Paris Appeal [viewed]

11 April 2013: The "High Seas, Our Future!" conference, which took place in Paris, France, concluded with the launch of the "Paris Appeal for the High Seas" stressing the importance of governance of the high seas, in the run up to negotiations on this topic in 2014.

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