Science, Assessment & Monitoring

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

27 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of Turkey (FCCC/ARR/2011/TUR), which shows that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions increased by 97.6% between 1990 and 2009.

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

27 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of the UK (FCCC/ARR/2011/GBR), which shows that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 27.2% between 1990 and 2009, and by 8.7% in 2009 compared with 2008.

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UNFCCC Reports on Status of Fifth National Communications from Annex I Parties [viewed]

30 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a note on the status of submission and review of fifth national communications from Parties included in Annex I to the Convention (Annex I Parties) (FCCC/SBI/2012/INF.6).

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Addresses Philanthropists Forum [viewed]

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary18 April 2012: Speaking at the Annual Conference of the Global Philanthropy Forum, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), called on philanthropists to fuel the existing "momentum for both the sustainability and the energy revolutions.”

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International Polar Year 2012 Conference Discusses Moving from Knowledge to Action [viewed]

27 April 2012: The International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 Conference convened around the theme “From Knowledge to Action,” with discussions on a variety of issues related to Arctic issues. Panel sessions addressed, inter alia: Earth structure and geodynamics; polar ocean processes; permafrost; marine, territorial and freshwater polar ecosystems; and communicating polar science.

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UNECE Workshop Focuses on Climate Change Impacts on Transboundary Basins [viewed]

UNECE26 April 2012: The Third Workshop on Water and Climate Change in Transboundary Basins, which addressed the theme "Making Adaptation Work," called attention to the expected impacts on climate change, including the higher risk of drought and floods, on shared transboundary basins. The event brought together over 140 participants to discuss conflict prevention and cooperation to address climate change adaptation at the transboundary level.

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IFC Promotes Green Building Certification System [viewed]

April 2012: The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has launched a Green Buildings Certification System (EDGE) to encourage companies to invest in sustainably-designed buildings.

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UNFCCC Releases Submissions on Research and Systematic Observation [viewed]

24 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released eight submissions from regional and international climate change research programmes and organizations containing updates on developments in research activities relevant to the needs of the Convention, including on the long-term global goal, and information on technical and scientific aspects of emissions and removals of all greenhouse gases (GHG) from coastal and marine ecosystems (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.3).

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Event: Second International Symposium: Effects of Climate Change on the World's Oceans [viewed]

The primary sponsors of this symposium are: the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea; the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); and the North Pacific Marine Science Organization. Participants will address the role of climate change on the oceans, including: sea level rise; changes in thermo-haline ocean circulation; acidification; oligotrophy of temperate seas; changes in species abundance; distribution and phenology; and biodiversity loss. The symposium aims to bring together experts from different disciplines to exchange observations, results, models and ideas at a global scale and to discuss the opportunities to mitigate climate change and protect the marine environment and its living resources.  

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AfDB Finalizes Climate Safeguard Systems Design [viewed]

AfDB23 April 2012: The final design of the African Development Bank's (AfDB) Climate Safeguard Systems (CSS), comprising four modules for assessing risk and identifying adaptation measures, was announced during a two-day workshop held in March 2012.

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