Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNDP, BSEC Launch Black Sea Climate and Business Initiative [viewed]

1 March 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC) launched the UNDP Black Sea Climate and Business Initiative (CLIMBIZ), a regional partnership for action on sustainable development in the Black Sea region, and the CLIMBIZ Challenge, with the support of the Austrian Development Cooperation and BSEC.

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World Bank Assesses Impacts of Climate Change on Coastal Wetlands [viewed]

World Bank1 March 2013: The World Bank has released a study titled "Sea-level rise and coastal wetlands: impacts and costs," which warns that a one-meter rise in sea levels from climate change could destroy over 60% of the developing world's coastal wetlands currently found at one meter or less elevation.  This scenario could provoke economic losses of around $630 million per year.

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EEA Map Projects Increased Urban Flood Risk, Heat Waves in European Cities [viewed]

EEA1 March 2013: The European Environment Agency (EEA) produced an Eye on Earth map that highlights potential climate-induced flood risk and temperature increases in European cities, in advance of the First Eye on Earth User Conference, which will be held from 4-6 March 2013, in Dublin, Ireland.

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FAO and CGIAR Partnership to Increase Collaboration on Research and Innovation [viewed]

FAO28 February 2013: A new five year Memorandum of Understanding between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has been signed to help the FAO provide the CGIAR with advice on agricultural research priorities.

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SE4ALL Newsletter Highlights IRENA Support for SE4ALL Initiative [viewed]

February 2013: The January 2013 newsletter of the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative highlights outcomes of the January meeting of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and updates on SE4ALL initiatives and collaborations.

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UNESCO IOC Reports on the Ningaloo Niño Event [viewed]

UNESCO IOC26 February 2013: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported on the impacts of the La Niña phenomenon in 2010-2011, which caused a massive ocean heatwave in the Indian Ocean, more than 10,000 km off of Australia's western coast.

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

25 February 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2012 annual submission of Estonia (FCCC/ARR/2012/EST), which states that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 49.6% between 1990 and 2010.

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UNISDR Assisting Government of Palestine to Establish Disaster Loss Database [viewed]

25 February 2013: The UN Office for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced it is assisting the Government of Palestine in establishing its first national disaster loss database. UNISDR is conducting disaster assistance training with 100 government, non-governmental, and UN agency participants.

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SPREP's Climate Newsletter Focuses on Wind Power, Climate-Resilient Agriculture [viewed]

SPREP20 February 2013: The Climate Change Divsion of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has launched the February 2013 edition of its "Climate Change Matters" newsletter. The newsletter highlights SPREP's and its partners' climate change activities in the region.

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FAO Report Considers the Sustainability of Biofuel Crops [viewed]

FAOFebruary 2013: A new report of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO), titled "Biofuels and the Sustainability Challenge," addresses the issue of biofuel sustainability based on a global assessment of major commodities and feedstocks. The report is guided by the need to understand the economic, environmental and social sustainability dimensions of biofuels, and how these elements can be used to address the challenges of land-use change, food security and climate change.

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