Science, Assessment & Monitoring

IEA Bulletin Discusses Smart Grids, Ocean and Wind Energy and New Projects [viewed]

IEADecember 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its latest OPEN Technology Bulletin, which summarizes topics related to smart grids, the new IEA Energy Journal, ocean energy, Chinese wind energy, accelerating innovation, costs of inaction and new projects, among other items. 

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European Forest Database Provides Information on Carbon Balances, Biodiversity, and Wood Energy [viewed]

UNECE20 December 2011: FOREST EUROPE and the Forestry and Timber Section of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization  (FAO) have launched a web-based resource tool based on their joint State of Europe's Forests 2011 report that also contains new unpublished data on forests, forest management and forest industry in the pan-European region. 

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UNFCCC Publishes Iceland's GHG Inventory Report [viewed]

19 December 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2011/ISL) of the individual review of the annual submission of Iceland submitted in 2011, according to which, in 2009, carbon dioxide accounted for 76.5% of total GHG emissions in Iceland.

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Eye on Earth Summit Launches Climate-related Initiatives [viewed]

15 December 2011: The Eye on Earth Summit, hosted by the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), in partnership with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), concluded with the launch of eight "Special Initiatives." Among the initiatives, three are "foundation" (cross-cutting) and five are thematic, and several are climate-related.

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GEF-LDCF Funded Project Reduces Climate Vulnerabilities in Bhutan [viewed]

December 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF), through its Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF), has reported on its support of an initiative with the Ministry of Trade and Industry of the Government of Bhutan to reduce climate change induced risks and vulnerabilities from glacial lake outburst in two of the country's most vulnerable areas.

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GEF-SCCF Project Increases Resilience to Drought and Climate Change in Zimbabwe [viewed]

GEFDecember 2011: In Zimbabwe's rural District of Chiredzi, the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) of the Global Environment facility (GEF) has supported a project to enhance the capacity of farmers to adapt to climate variability and change through the adoption of gender-sensitive approaches.

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FAO Book on Amazon Plants Addresses Importance of Forests for Livelihoods [viewed]

FAO20 December 2011: During a ceremony marking the close of the International Year of Forests, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a book titled "Fruit Trees and Useful Plants in Amazonian Life," which is meant to be accessible to readers without a formal education. 

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UNECE Convenes Europe-Asia Transboundary Water Cooperation Conference [viewed]

UNECE19 December 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) organized the International Conference on “Europe-Asia transboundary water cooperation” to promote dialogue and cooperation on the management and protection of transboundary waters among Afghanistan, China, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

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UNESCO Reports on Climate Change Research in the Arctic [viewed]

UNESCO19 December 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported on a collaborative Climate Frontlines research project involving the French Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle and Sami reindeer herders, which focused on the impact of climate change on the forests and animal species of the North, as well as potential solutions that different stakeholders are advocating.

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STAP Releases Report on Dead Zones [viewed]

November 2011: The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), which is administered by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and advises the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has released a report that stresses the need for the GEF to develop a faster response to the growing problem of dead zones in the world's coastal waters.

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