Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Event: International Conference on Cryosphere: Changes, Impacts and Adaptation [viewed]

This conference will examine the current state of cryospheric research and will also provide a forum to discuss ongoing research efforts and international cooperation, to explore future research projects and to define a general strategy for cryosphere studies and management. The cryosphere is that part of the Earth System consisting of all snow, ice and frozen ground on and beneath the surface of the Earth and ocean. It includes ice sheets, glaciers, ice caps, icebergs, sea ice, snow cover, permafrost and seasonally frozen ground, as well as lake- and river-ice. The cryosphere is a sensitive component of the climate system, and provides key indicators of climate change. The conference is organized by the State Key Laboratory of Cryospheric Sciences (SKLCS), CAREERI, CAS; Key Laboratory of Tibetan Environmental Change and Land Surface Processes; and the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences (CAMS). It is co-sponsored by, inter alia, the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO.  

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UNFCCC Publishes Croatia's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

9 August 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of Croatia (FCCC/ARR/2011/HRV), which states that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 8.2% between 1990 and 2009.

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UNESCO MAB Launches Survey on Carbon in Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

August 2012: The Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has partnered with Terra Global Capital to take stock of opportunities to assist biosphere reserves with access to financial resources, through the development and marketing of projects for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable use of forests and enhancement of carbon stock).

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UNFCCC Publishes Norway's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

7 August 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of Norway (FCCC/ARR/2011/NOR), which states that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions increased by 3.1% between 1990 and 2009.

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AU to Establish African Risk Capacity Secretariat [viewed]

African Union (AU)5 August 2012: The African Union (AU) has agreed to establish an African Risk Capacity (ARC) Secretariat, a specialized agency to develop an agreement on a pooled risk insurance facility for droughts, floods, earthquakes and cyclones in Africa.

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UNCCD Ad Hoc Working Group on Scientific Advice Discusses Scope of Work [viewed]

31 July 2012: The first meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group to further discuss the options for the provision of Scientific Advice focusing on desertification/land degradation and drought issues (AGSA), which convened based on Decision 20/COP.10 by the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), considered the AGSA's scope of work and working modalities.

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UNCCD Ad Hoc Group on Impact Indicator Refinement Discusses Scope of Work [viewed]

24 July 2012: The first meeting of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group of Technical Experts for Impact Indicator Refinement (AGTE), which convened based on Decision 19/COP.10 by the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), considered the AGTA's scope of work and working modalities.

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UNFCCC Releases Ireland's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

3 August 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of Ireland (FCCC/ARR/2011/IRL), which states that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions increased by 13.8% between 1990 and 2009.

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ILO Calls for Meso and Macro-Level Climate Change Insurance [viewed]

ILO2 August 2012: The Microfinance Innovation Facility of the International Labour Organization (ILO) underscores that larger insurance schemes are more likely to be effective in covering impoverished people against weather-related disasters and the impacts of climate change.

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APEC Energy Overview 2011 Provides Policy, Market, Investment and Infrastructure Information for APEC's 21 Members [viewed]

2 August 2012: The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) has released a report, titled “APEC Energy Overview 2011,” which provides an overview of energy data, energy policy information, and new energy developments in its 21 member economies.

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