Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNFCCC Publishes Risk Management Workshop Report [viewed]

UNFCCC22 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report (FCCC/SBI/2011/INF.12) on the workshop on promoting risk management approaches on the specific needs and concerns of developing country parties arising from the impact of the implementation of response measures.

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World Bank Finances Improved Agricultural Resilience in Uruguay [viewed]

World Bank17 November 2011: The World Bank has approved a US$49 million loan to Uruguay to support the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Climate Change Project, a system of more environmentally-sustainable farming practices to adapt agricultural production to the effects of climate change.

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Caribbean Workshop Focuses on Improving Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

Caribbean Workshop Focuses on Improving Disaster Risk Management16 November 2011: The Government of Grenada, financed by the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the World Bank, with technical support from the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), organized an information sharing workshop to discuss the problems and solutions of sharing geospatial data to improve disaster risk management in the Caribbean.

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EFSA Report Discusses Climate Change as Driver of Emerging Risks to Plant Health [viewed]

EFSANovember 2011: The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has released the report of a scientific colloquium on emerging risks in plant health covering, among other issues, climate change as a driver of emerging threats to plant health.

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Montreal Protocol Committee Considers Climate Impact Indicator [viewed]

UNEP20 November 2011: At its 65th meeting, the Executive Committee (ExComm) of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol (MLF) considered the Multilateral Fund Climate Impact Indicator (MCII). The tool is intended to support the MLF Secretariat and the ExComm in understanding the climate impact of the activities proposed, based on a comparable and fair assessment, and in keeping track of the impact of HCFC-phase-out activities of the Multilateral Fund on the climate.

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Climate Change and Food Security in West and North Africa Conference Adopts Kuwait Declaration [viewed]

WMO18 November 2011: The International Conference on Adaptation to Climate Change and Food Security in West and North Africa addressed concerns over the sustainability of agriculture production systems in the region, noting the importance of agriculture for local livelihoods and the poor, as well as concerns over water scarcity.

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WMO GHG Bulletin Highlights New High of Atmospheric Greenhouse Gases [viewed]

WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin - November 201121 November 2011: The latest edition of the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Bulletin describes the new high of GHG in the atmosphere in 2010 since pre-industrial time, and notes an acceleration in the rate of increase.

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GEF Publishes Paper on Climate Resilient Development in Africa [viewed]

GEFNovember 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released a publication on climate resilient development in Africa focused on three initiatives - the Sahel program, the Lake Chad Basin program, and the Congo Basin program - and which addresses environmental challenges surrounding Africa's three vital resources, namely land, water, and forests.

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IPCC 34 Focuses on Workstreams, Accepts SREX Summary [viewed]

The view from the aisle during the opening of the session, with IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri addressing the plenary.19 November 2011: The 34th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) focused primarily on the workstreams resulting from the consideration of the InterAcademy Council (IAC) Review of the IPCC processes and procedures, namely those on procedures, conflict of interest policy, and communications strategy.

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UNESCO Releases Proceedings of Biosphere Reserves and Climate Change Conference [viewed]

For Life for the Future - Biosphere Reserves and Climate Change18 November 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released the proceedings of the high-level international conference titled "For life, for the future - Biosphere reserves and climate change," which took place from 27-28 June 2011, in Dresden, Germany. The conference discussed the role of UNESCO biosphere reserves in implementing and advancing climate change policies.

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