Science, Assessment & Monitoring

GCOS Celebrates 20th Anniversary at WMO Executive Council Meeting [viewed]

29 June 2012: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), which is dedicated to providing observational data and information that is the foundation for decision making on climate, celebrated its 20th anniversary during the 64th World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Executive Council meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

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UN-REDD Calls for Comments on Country Needs Assessment Report [viewed]

29 June 2012: The UN-REDD Programme has issued a call for comments on the report of a global workshop on country needs assessment (CNA) for readiness for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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UNFCCC Publishes GHG Synthesis and Assessment Report [viewed]

29 June 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the synthesis and assessment report (FCCC/WEB/SAI/2012) on the greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories submitted in 2012.

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Energy Consumption and Climate Change App Wins World Bank Competition [viewed]

World Bank28 June 2012: The World Bank has announced that "Ecofacts" has won its "Apps for Climate" competition. This software application developed in Argentina teaches about energy consumption, climate change and the actions needed to reduce carbon emissions. 

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UNESCO-IOC Reports on Robotic Sensors, Awareness Raising Boat Race [viewed]

UNESCO IOC28 June 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported that, during the transatlantic Krys Ocean Race from France to New York, US, a boat representing the Multi One Attitude Foundation deployed ocean robots to conduct ocean monitoring.

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UNCCD Calls for Expressions of Interest for Lead Institution/Consortium to Organize 3rd Scientific Conference [viewed]

28 June 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has called for expressions of interest in organizing the UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference, which will take place in 2014 under the theme “Combating desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) for poverty reduction and sustainable development: the contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices.”

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UN-REDD Newsletter Reports on Country Needs Assessment Workshop [viewed]

27 June 2012: The UN-REDD Programme has released the June edition of its newsletter, which reports on a workshop it hosted to present the preliminary findings of a country needs assessment to national REDD+ focal points from more than 20 partner countries, along with representatives from civil society, donor countries, the UNFCCC and the Programme's Independent Advisory Group.

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World Bank Assesses Role of ICT in Building Resilience to Climate Change-induced Disasters [viewed]

World Bank27 June 2012: A new World Bank report on Information and Communication Technology (ICT), cities, and natural disasters in Africa, titled "Municipal ICT Capacity and its Impact on the Climate-Change Affected Urban Poor: The Case of Mozambique," highlights the role of ICT to prevent the effects of climate change-induced emergencies in Africa. 

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IAEA to Open Center on Ocean Acidification [viewed]

16 June 2012: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has announced the summer launch of its new Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre at IAEA's Monaco Environmental Laboratories, aiming to facilitate action and communication on ocean acidification.

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IEA Data Visualization Tool Illustrates Future Energy Scenarios [viewed]

IEA27 June 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has created an interactive graphical tool to illustrate future energy scenarios out to 2050, allowing users to view and adjust: energy flows from fuel to end use in transport, industry and buildings; emissions reductions based on national context, technology, sector and climate change scenario; and transportation based on national context, climate change scenarios and a range of transport indicators.

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