Science, Assessment & Monitoring

EEA Updates Climate Change Indicators [viewed]

EEA6 August 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published 13 climate change indicators, updating information included in its 2012 assessment 'Climate Change, Impacts and Vulnerability in Europe.' According to EEA, the period 2004-2013 was Europe's warmest decade on record, and many global trends, such as sea level rise, warming oceans, and shrinking snow cover, are having significant impacts on the continent.

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UN Secretary-General Releases Climate Summit 2014 Scenario [viewed]

climate-summit20144 August 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released the programme for the UN Climate Summit – Catalyzing Action, scheduled to take place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 23 September 2014.

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Report Finds 'Coasts at Risk' in SIDS, Tropical States [viewed]

coastsatriskAugust 2014: Tropical and small island developing States (SIDS) are most at risk from exposure and vulnerability to coastal hazards, according to ‘Coasts at Risk: An Assessment of Coastal Risks and the Role of Environmental Solutions.' The report uses an indicator-based approach to assess risks from exposure and vulnerability to coastal hazards and identifies where environmental degradation increases these risks. The report then considers how environmental solutions, such as conservation and restoration, can contribute to risk reduction and conservation goals.

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UNEP, Japan Launch Asia Pacific Clean Air Partnership [viewed]

unep.japan25 July 2014: The Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Japanese Ministry of Environment have launched the 'Asia Pacific Clean Air Partnership,' aimed at bringing together existing regional initiatives to provide clear policy options, based on the best science, to support action on air pollution.

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UNAI, CFR Host Discussion on Hydraulic Fracturing [viewed]

cfr.academic.impact16 July 2014: A discussion on the risks and benefits of hydraulic fracturing was hosted by the UN Academic Impact (UNAI) and the US Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). The event examined the potential extent and consequences of the US hydraulic fracturing boom for international security, economics and security, and discussed a potential role for the UN in supporting countries in making related decisions.

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WMO, SPREP Campaign to Improve Weather and Climate Services [viewed]

wmo-sprep4 August 2014: A global campaign to improve weather and climate services for small island developing States (SIDS) was launched with support from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Digicel Pacific. The 'Small Islands, Weather Together' campaign aims to illustrate that SIDS can work together to improve critical weather and climate services.

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Latin American Workshop Improves Climate Services [viewed]

gfcs30 July 2014: A Regional Workshop on Climate Services at the National Level for Latin America convened with the aim of strengthening the provision of climate services, such as seasonal outlooks and El Niño forecasts, and tailoring them to user needs in Latin America.

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IFPRI Partners Collaborate on Sustainable Nutrition Security [viewed]

ifpri-cimsans29 July 2014: In response to a call by the US administration's Climate Data Initiative, the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Research Foundation's Center for Integrated Modeling of Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition Security (CIMSANS) announced a public-private partnership initiative focused on analyzing how food systems can help achieve sustainable nutrition security.

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US Report Highlights Cost of Delaying Climate Action [viewed]

the-white-house29 July 2014: The White House Council of Economic Advisers has released a report that examines the economic consequences of delaying the implementation of policies aimed at combating climate change and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and emphasizes the urgency of taking policy action on climate change.

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ADB Reviews its Energy Operations [viewed]

ADB24 July 2014: The '2014 Annual Evaluation Review (AER)' of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) reviews ADB's 2013 operational performance, features a chapter focused on its energy operations, and examines the dichotomy between green and brown growth in the Asian region. Overall, the AER finds that, while growth in many Asian countries is "threatened by high pollution levels, climate change, resource depletion and growing social inequality," growth does not have to come at the expense of environmental sustainability.

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