Science, Assessment & Monitoring

CCAC High-Level Assembly Considers Five-Year Strategic Vision, Extends Mandate [viewed]

CCAC High-Level Assembly22 September 2014: The fifth High-Level Assembly of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) considered the Coalition's five-year strategic vision and discussed five statements on short-lived climate pollutants to be presented during the UN Climate Summit.

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ECLAC Assesses Climate Change Costs for Latin America and Caribbean [viewed]

1280784375ECLAC_logo22 September 2014: A report by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) calculates that, in a 2.5°C temperature rise scenario, the economic costs of climate change will equal approximately 2.5% of the region's annual gross domestic product (GDP). The study notes that the region is faced with “an asymmetrical dual challenge” given its limited contribution to total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and high vulnerability to climate change. It estimates the annual adaptation costs for the region at approximately 0.5% of the region's annual GDP.

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2013 Global Carbon Emissions Reach New Record [viewed]

global-carbon-project21 September 2014: Global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel burning and cement production reached a record 9.9±0.5 billion tonnes of CO2 (GtCO2) in 2013, rising 2.3% over the previous year and 61% above the rate in 1990, according to the Global Carbon Project. The results, published in the ‘Carbon Budget 2014,' predict that emissions will grow by another 2.5% to 10.1±0.5 GtCO2 in 2014.

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ADB Highlights Positive Economic Impacts of Energy Efficiency [viewed]

ADBSeptember 2014: A modeling study published by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) identifies several positive macroeconomic impacts from improving energy efficiency. The study focuses on seven Asian countries from 2010 to 2050, and finds that energy efficiency policies would have a positive impact on private consumption, government expenditure, investment, and result in an increase in intraregional trade.

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WHO Assesses Climate Change Risks to Health [viewed]

WHO22 September 2014: The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a report, titled ‘Quantitative risk assessment of the effects of climate change on selected causes of death, 2030s and 2050s,' which focuses on future climate change risks to health.

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MDBs Report on Climate Finance Provided in 2013 [viewed]

AfDB - IDB - EIB - ADB - World Bank Group19 September 2014: The third edition of the Joint MDB Report on Climate Finance 2013 has been expanded to include a better sectoral breakdown, and divisions by public and private operations. Since 2011, multilateral development banks (MDBs) have provided over US$75 billion in climate finance to developing and emerging economies, while, in 2013, they provided US$23.8 billion to address climate change, with 80%, or US$18.9 billion, dedicated to mitigation and 20%, or US$4.8 billion, going to adaptation.

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Event: Technical Discussion on Issues Related to Articles 5, 7 and 8 of the Kyoto Protocol [viewed]

A technical discussion of issues related to Articles 5, 7 and 8 of the Kyoto Protocol, including an update of the conservativeness factors for adjustments (contained in Decision 20/CMP.1), will be held on 7 November 2014, in Bonn, Germany. The workshop is organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat, based on a request by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice at its 40th session (SBSTA 40). It will seek to facilitate a technical discussion among experts from interested parties, taking into account a technical paper prepared by the Secretariat and any submissions from parties.  

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Event: Data Playground: Showcasing Data for the Public Good at the UN [viewed]

This event will showcase the UN's commitment to the data revolution and the potential and impact of such a revolution. The UN Millennium Campaign (UNMC) and Microsoft will launch an interactive visualization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to map progress towards the goals. The UN Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team and UN Global Pulse will present the winners of the Big Data Climate Challenge, which aims to identify and highlight data-driven evidence on the economic dimensions of climate change. The event will also discuss the results of the MY World survey.  

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Event: Improving Transparency and Accountability Through Improved Tracking [viewed]

This event seeks to help enhance transparency and accountability in the tracking of climate-related development finance from public and private sources. Organized jointly by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), the event, held as a panel discussion, will focus on climate flows and recent initiatives contributing to their robust tracking. In particular, discussions will be centered on progress to date and still to be made in improving the coverage, transparency and quality of information and data on climate finance.  

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Adaptation Committee Workshop Supports Adaptation Monitoring and Evaluation [viewed]

UNFCCC11 September 2013: The workshop on the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of adaptation, which was organized by the Adaptation Committee, sought to identify recommendations and guidance to be considered by the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) with a view to providing technical support and guidance to Parties in order to facilitate enhanced implementation of adaptation actions.

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