Science, Assessment & Monitoring

WMO Trains West African Farmers on Use of Weather/Climate Information [viewed]

WMO12 October 2011: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has completed a four-year project across 15 West African countries that carried out 146 roving seminars to increase the interactions between national meteorological and hydrological institutes and rural farms.

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EU Adopts Negotiating Position for Durban [viewed]

10 October 2011: The Council of environment ministers of the EU adopted conclusions establishing the EU position for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, in which they stress the need to agree on a global and comprehensive legally-binding framework as soon as possible to keep the increase of global temperature below 2°C compared to the pre-industrial level, guaranteeing legal certainty, predictability, reciprocity and comparability.

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UNFCCC Publishes Assessment of Denmark's Forest Management Reference Level [viewed]

UNFCCC10 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the technical assessment of the forest management reference level submission of Denmark submitted in 2011 (FCCC/TAR/2011/DNK).

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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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