Science, Assessment & Monitoring

OECD Inventory Highlights Fossil Fuel Subsidies in OECD Member Countries [viewed]

OECD11 February 2013: A new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), titled "Inventory of Estimated Budgetary Support and Tax Expenditures for Fossil Fuels 2013," provides examples from over 550 measures that support fossil-fuel production or use in the 34 OECD member countries. The report indicates that, between 2005 and 2011, these measures cost taxpayers between US$55-90 billion annually.

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CGIAR Launches Series of Studies on Quantifying GHG Emissions from Agricultural Lands [viewed]

12 February 2013: The Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has released a series of freely available articles in the journal Environmental Research Letters to improve the understanding of emissions from the agriculture sector.

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IEA Warns Four Degree Temperature Rise Increasingly Likely without Rapid Progress on Decarbonizing Electricity [viewed]

IEA12 February 2013: A new International Energy Agency (IEA) book, titled “Electricity in a Climate-Constrained World,” indicates that electricity is the largest source of CO2 emissions in the energy sector, with coal dominating electricity generation. The report presents the most current statistics and analysis illustrating the imperative of reducing emissions from electricity generation to avoid catastrophic climate change.

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UNDP Assesses Climate Finance in 15 Countries [viewed]

UNDP7 February 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has published assessments of climate-related Investment and Financial Flows (I&FF) in 15 countries, in order to provide decision makers with information on timing, sources, investment entities and other key factors relevant to climate finance.

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ITTO, UNU Analyze REDD+ and Community Forestry in Asia [viewed]

February 2013: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the UN University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) have released a report, titled "Governing the Forests: An Institutional Analysis of REDD+ and Community Forest Management in Asia." The report presents a background on REDD+, explores ways to link REDD+ to community forestry, and provides lessons learned and recommendations.

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UNDP Reviews Public Expenditures for Climate Finance in the Asia-Pacific Region [viewed]

UNDPJanuary 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), together with the Capacity Development for Development Effectiveness (CDDE) Facility, has released a working paper that shares lessons from UNDP's implementation of a methodology for assessing government-wide public expenditures against stated national climate change policy.

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Event: New Nile Perspectives: Scientific Advances in the Eastern Nile Basin [viewed]

Given developments in the Nile River basin, including the emergence of a new riparian State, the Ministry of Water Resources and Electricity, Sudan, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) – Institute for Water Education (IHE), the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and others, are convening participants to discuss water cooperation. The conference will address, inter alia: new Nile projects and politics; new Nile hydrology, morphology and climate change; new Nile land and water use and livelihoods; new Nile economics and optimization; and new Nile futures – institutionalizing interdependencies. IWMI is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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UNEP Riso Releases Coastal Hazard Assessment Tool [viewed]

6 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Riso has released the Coastal Hazard Wheel, a tool for coastal hazard assessment. The tool is intended to assist coastal planners and developers in assessing the hazard profile of coastal stretches under changing climatic conditions.

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FAO, OECD Releases Workshop Report on Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

February 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have released the proceedings from their joint workshop on Building Resilience for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Agriculture Sector, which was held from 23-24 April 2012, in Rome, Italy.

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ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee Considers Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

6 February 2013: The 45th session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)/World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Typhoon Committee considered, inter alia, urban flood risk management, cyclone renaming, severe weather forecasting, an assessment report on the influence of climate change on tropical cyclones.

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