Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNFCCC Releases Submissions on Drivers of Deforestation and Monitoring Systems [viewed]

UNFCCC3 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released two joint submissions from Parties containing their views on issues identified in decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 72 and appendix II (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.1/Add.1) on policy approaches and positive incentives on issues relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+).

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International Transport Forum Releases the Transport Outlook 2012 [viewed]

Transport Outlook 2012May 2012: The International Transport Forum (ITF) has released its 2012 Transport Outlook on Seamless Transport for Greener Growth.

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PROVIA Requests Comments on Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation Guidance [viewed]

PROVIA7 May 2012: The Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA), a joint UN initiative, is inviting comments on its publication titled “PROVIA Guidance on Assessing Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation,” developed in cooperation with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). PROVIA is specifically requesting suggestions for case studies and examples from developing countries.

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PROVIA Invites Comments on Global Research Priorities [viewed]

PROVIA30 April 2012: The Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA), a joint UN initiative, has announced it has released a draft headline listing of global research priorities in vulnerability, impacts and adaptation (VIA).

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Event: UNU-WIDER Conference on Climate Change and Development Policy [viewed]

The UN University (UNU)-World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER) conference on "Climate Change and Development Policy" aims to reflect the diverse range of perspectives on how to balance climate and development objectives. The conference will evaluate how research can inform development policy and identify existing knowledge gaps. Researchers and policy makers will be brought together to advance knowledge of development and climate change. The conference focuses on both low-carbon development (mitigation) and climate-resilient strategies (adaptation).  

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European Commission Vice-President Kroes Calls for ICT to Build Sustainable Cities at Energy and ICT Conference [viewed]

EC3 May 2012: The European Commission Vice-President responsible for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, addressed the Smart Energy and Sustainable Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Conference, calling for Europe to use ICT to address the “challenge of managing energy resources.”

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World Bank Sustainability Review Shows Efforts to Reduce Water and Paper Use, Offset Emissions [viewed]

World Bank3 May 2012: The World Bank's Fiscal Year 2011 Sustainability Review highlights the Bank's efforts to reduce water and paper use and offset greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to Bank activities.

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SBSTTA 16 Adopts Recommendations on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity, Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

L-R: Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, CBD Executive Secretary; SBSTTA 16 Chair Senka Barudanovic; and David Cooper, CBD Secretariat 5 May 2012: The 16th session of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 16) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted 15 recommendations, including two packages of recommendations on marine and coastal biodiversity, and biodiversity and climate change. It also addressed the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), and in-depth review of the work programme on island biodiversity (PoWIB), inter alia.

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Guidelines for Technical Review of EU Member States' GHG Inventories Released [viewed]

EU2 May 2012: The European Commission has published a Staff Working Document, prepared by the European Environment Agency (EEA) in consultation with the EU Climate Change Committee, containing guidelines for a technical review of EU Member States' greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories. The review will be overseen by a review secretariat within the EEA and a technical expert review team.

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European Environment Agency Models Predict Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

3 May 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a series of maps produced using Eye on Earth, which predict climate change impacts in Europe through 2100. Based on projections from the ENSEMBLES project, Europe will be, on average, 1.5°C warmer from 2021-2050 than it was from 1960-1990, and the temperature increase will average 3°C between 2071-2100, with the highest warming in Eastern Scandinavia, and South and South-East Europe.

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