Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNFCCC Publishes Report of Review of France's Fifth National Communication [viewed]

UNFCCC7 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the in-depth review of the France's fifth national communication (NC5) (FCCC/IDR.5/FRA). The report covers the in-country in-depth review of the NC5 coordinated by the UNFCCC Secretariat, in accordance with the guidelines for review under Article 8 of the Kyoto Protocol (decision 22/CMP.1).

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UNFCCC Publishes Report of Individual Review of US GHG Inventory [viewed]

UNFCCC7 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the individual review of the greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory submission of the US submitted in 2010 (FCCC/ARR/2010/USA). The report covers the centralized review of the 2010 inventory submission of the US, coordinated by the UNFCCC Secretariat, in accordance with decision 19/CP.8 (Guidelines for the technical review of Annex I GHG inventories).

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UNFCCC Publishes Review of Croatia's Fifth National Communication [viewed]

UNFCCC7 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the in-depth review of the Croatia's fifth national communication (NC5) (FCCC/IDR.5/HRV). The report covers the centralized in-depth review of Croatia's NC5, coordinated by the UNFCCC Secretariat, in accordance with the guidelines for review under Protocol Article 8 (decision 22/CMP.1).

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UNESCO Divisions Raise Awareness on Water and Ocean Issues [viewed]

7 October 2011: Several divisions of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are supporting the Multi One Attitude Foundation in developing an awareness programme on water scarcity and ocean conservation.

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UNCCD, GRF-Davos Sign MOU for Organization of 2nd Scientific Conference [viewed]

10 October 2011: On the sidelines of the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 10), Luc Gnacadja, UNCCD Executive Secretary, and Walter Ammann, President of the Global Risk Forum (GRF-Davos), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the organization of the 2nd UNCCD Scientific Conference, to be held in 2012.

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UNEP, OECD Launch Climate Change and Tourism Policy Report [viewed]

10 October 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have a released a report titled “Climate Change and Tourism Policy in OECD Countries,” which warns that unless resource-efficient policies are developed, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the tourism industry will double over the next 25 years.

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2011 Food Insecurity Report Highlights Climate Change as a Driver of Price Volatility [viewed]

10 October 2011: The newly released report titled "The State of Food Insecurity in the World: How does international price volatility affect domestic economies and food security?" stresses that price volatility is likely to continue due to climate change and weather shocks, growing demand for biofuel, and the "financialization" of food and agricultural commodities.

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IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre Opens in Bonn [viewed]

7 October 2011: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) recently organized events to mark the inauguration of its IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) in Bonn, Germany.

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CCAFS Launches Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Knowledge Network [viewed]

October 2011: The research programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has developed an instrument for aggregating, visualizing and connecting its research outputs.

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CIAT Warns of Climate Change Impact on Cocoa Production [viewed]

29 September 2011: The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) has released a report titled "Predicting the Impact of Climate Change on the Cocoa-Growing Regions in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire," which predicts that a temperature rise of over 2ºC by 2050 would dramatically impact West Africa's cocoa-producing areas.

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