Science, Assessment & Monitoring

ECLAC Report Examines Vulnerability to Climate Change of LAC Coasts [viewed]

21 May 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has published a report that examines the vulnerability and exposure to climate change of the 72,182 km coastline of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

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

16 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of Switzerland's 2011 annual submission (FCCC/ARR/2011/CHE), which indicates that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 2.2% between 1990 and 2009, and that the energy sector accounted for 81.3% of total GHG emissions.

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

15 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of Germany's 2011 annual submission (FCCC/ARR/2011/DEU), which indicates that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 26.5% between 1990 and 2009, and that the energy sector accounted for 82.6% of total GHG emissions.

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ECLAC Assesses Impact of Tropical Depression 12-E [viewed]

4 May 2012: The subregional headquarters for Mexico and Central America of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has issued an assessment of the impact of Tropical Depression 12-E on Central America. The assessment includes, at the behest of Central American Heads of State, some reflections on the regional policy implications of tropical storms that appear to be increasing in frequency and severity due to climate change.

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G-8 Calls for Comprehensive Energy Strategy [viewed]

19 May 2012: The G-8 Summit at Camp David recognized the need for universal access to environmentally sound, sustainable, secure and affordable sources of energy to ensure global economic growth and address climate change.

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UNFCCC Releases Workshop Report on Calculating Carbon Dioxide Equivalence of GHG [viewed]

8 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report on the workshop on common metrics to calculate the carbon dioxide equivalence of greenhouse gases (GHG) (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/INF.2).

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FAO Paper Examines Stakeholder Perceptions of Forests and Climate Change [viewed]

FAOMay 2012: As part of the development of guidelines to assist forest managers to respond to climate change challenges and opportunities, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has conducted a survey on perceptions of factors that influence the ability of forest managers to respond to climate change.

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WSIS Forum Considers Role of ICTs in Achieving the MDGs [viewed]

18 May 2012: The 2012 World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS Forum 2012) was held to provide a platform for discussions of how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can address global challenges, such as climate change, and contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Fourth Africa Water Week Focuses on Water for Growth [viewed]

18 May 2012: The fourth Africa Water Week was organized around the theme “Water for Growth in Africa,” and aimed to identify ways to reinforce and build on progress made to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets on water and sanitation, as well as Africa Water Vision 2025. The conference also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW).

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UNEP, World Bank and UN-HABITAT Welcome Pilot Protocol on Urban Emission Measurement and Reporting [viewed]

17 May 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Bank and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) have welcomed the launch of the pilot version of the Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions, designed to harmonize the emissions measurement and greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting process for cities.

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