Science, Assessment & Monitoring

ESCAP, Thailand Commemorate 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami [viewed]

UNESCAP15 December 2014: During an event that convened ten years after one of the deadliest natural disasters the world has ever seen, panelists took stock of progress made in building greater resilience to disasters in the Asia-Pacific region, and identified remaining gaps and regional priorities going forward. The event highlighted that, while much has been done to fill the gaps in risk reduction, disaster preparedness and early warning systems ten years on from the Indian Ocean Tsunami, which hit on 26 December 2004, much remains to be done, particularly at the local level.

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ISO, GHGMI Launch Survey on Climate Change Standards Roadmap [viewed]

ghg-isoDecember 2014: The Greenhouse Gas Management Institute (GHGMI) and the International Standardization Organization (ISO) has organized a survey to assist in the development and shaping of a new climate change standards roadmap to be launched in 2015. The survey is open until December 21.

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Guest Article #122: Towards a Third Decade of Connecting Science and Policy in the Asia-Pacific Region [viewed]

In just over three months' time, the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) will celebrate its 20th anniversary of operations, carrying on its mission of connecting scientists in the global change community, enhancing scientific capacity of member country researchers, and strengthening science-policy interactions across the region.

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WMO: 2014 on Track to be Europe's Warmest Year on Record [viewed]

Wmo17 December 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported that analysis of European temperature data from January through November 2014 confirms that 2014 will almost certainly be Europe's warmest year on record. A new analysis of European temperature records dating back to the 1500s estimates the January-December annual mean temperature to be .3°C above the previous record set in 2007.

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FAO Reports on Mesoamerican LULUCF Workshop [viewed]

FAO16 December 2014: The Mesoamerican Workshop on National Emissions Inventories and Mitigation Plans in Agriculture, Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) assisted 15 countries in identifying resources and methods in order to improve their reporting under the UNFCCC, according to the workshop's final report, released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The report also relays the major challenges these countries face in both implementing and reporting on measures to address climate change.

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CGIAR Paper Analyzes Literature to Identify Key Trends in Adaptation Governance [viewed]

CCAFSDecember 2014: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has recently published a working paper, titled 'Systematic Review Approach to Identifying Key Trends in Adaptation Governance at the Supranational Level.' Authored by Livia Bizikova, Daniella Echeverria and Anne Hammill, the paper analyzes peer-reviewed literature on adaptation governance focused on food security at the supranational level.

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CGIAR Working Paper Analyzes Climate Change Adaptation and Food Security Governance through Comparative Politics [viewed]

CCAFSDecember 2014: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has recently published a working paper, titled 'The Comparative Turn in Climate Change Adaptation and Food Security Governance Research.' Its author, Mark Purdon, argues that the concepts and methods of comparative politics can shine light on political factors important for catalyzing positive change on the governance of climate change adaptation and food security in the developing world.

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IDB Report Highlights Benefits of Green Market Guarantees [viewed]

IDBDecember 2014: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has published a report highlighting the benefits of guarantees for green markets, including by responding to challenges of investing in low-carbon and climate-resilient technologies and activities in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). 'Guarantees for Green Markets: Potential and Challenges' underscores the important role that national development banks (NDBs) can play in structuring and funding credit-guarantee schemes for domestic markets, and their unique position and capacities to effectively design, implement and promote green market investments.

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Ethiopia Receives First ClimDev Africa Special Fund Grant [viewed]

AU UNECA AFDB15 December 2014: Ethiopia will receive US$1.1 million from the Climate for Development in Africa (Clim-Dev Africa) Special Fund (CDSF) to strengthen its climate information and early warning systems for climate resilient adaptation and development, making it the first African country to benefit from the CDSF.

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UNECE Region Adopts Framework to Reduce Air Pollution from Agriculture [viewed]

UNECE12 December 2014: Parties to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP) have adopted an ‘Ammonia Framework Code' to help countries reduce ammonia emissions from agriculture, which threaten human health, causing cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Atmospheric ammonia, a major contributor to air pollution, also leads to acidification and excessive nutrient loading, resulting in biodiversity loss in many of the most vulnerable ecosystems.

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