Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Report from Workshop on Synergies Among the Rio Conventions Released [viewed]

CBDFebruary 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has made available the report of the workshop on capacity building for pilot countries on the implementation of synergies among the Rio Conventions.

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GCOS Newsletter Outlines Implementation Efforts on Climate Monitoring and Climate Services [viewed]

February 2013: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) has released the first edition of its newsletter for 2013, outlining events of relevance to climate monitoring and recent activities of the programme, including, among other things, discussions at the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on GCOS adequacy and progress reports.

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UNEP Releases Compendium of Global Environmental Goals [viewed]

20 February 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a compendium of Global Environmental Goals (GEGs), aiming to inform governments and relevant stakeholders and promote cooperation in achieving their objectives in a more coherent and harmonized manner. The publication was announced in a UNEP Conference Room Paper (UNEP/GCSS.XII/CRP.2), dated 20 February 2013.

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UNEP Year Book 2013 Highlights Need for Effective Arctic Governance, Chemical Risk Reduction [viewed]

UNEP Year Book 201318 February 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the 2013 edition of its Year Book, which presents events and developments from 2012 on key environmental indicators. The Year Book highlights two emerging issues, namely the need for effective governance of the fragile Arctic region, and reaching the goal of sound chemicals management by 2020.

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ICAO Environmental Committee Agrees on New Aircraft Carbon Dioxide Standard [viewed]

14 February 2013: The Committee on Aviation and Environmental Protection (CAEP) of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) convened from 4-15 February 2013, reaching agreement on certification procedures supporting a new carbon dioxide aircraft standard, as well as a new global noise standard.

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CEM Announces Online Availability of Global Atlas for Solar and Wind [viewed]

CEM - IRENA14 February 2013: The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) has announced the online availability of the Global Atlas for Solar and Wind, which provides data to facilitate the evaluation of renewable energy potentials.

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CIMMYT Opens Bioscience Facility [viewed]

13 February 2013: The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) has inaugurated a new $25 million research complex that will help researchers speed up climate-resilient seed development for maize and wheat.

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Arctic Environment Ministers Recommend Action on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants [viewed]

8 February 2013: Arctic Environment Ministers met in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, from 5-6 February 2013, to address the rapid environmental changes in the Arctic. They discussed climate change and ocean acidification, contamination in the Arctic, biodiversity loss, and ecosystem based management.

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Congo Basin Forest Fund Supports Forest Monitoring [viewed]

FAO - COMIFAC1 February 2013: The Congo Basin Forest Fund has launched a forest monitoring initiative to support improved remote sensing use for forest cover and forest cover change. The initiative, totaling €6.1 million, will also provide technical support for the development of forest monitoring proposals for funding under REDD+ programmes.

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Clean Energy Solutions Center Seeks Feedback on Tool for Evaluating Solar Social and Economic Impacts of Solar Technologies [viewed]

13 February 2013:  The Clean Energy Solutions Center, an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), is seeking feedback on the Global Renewable Energy Opportunity Tool, which facilitates analysis of technical and economic potential for solar electric technologies.

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