Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNFCCC Releases Status Report of Australia's Annual Inventory [viewed]

12 June 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the annual status report of the annual inventory of Australia (FCCC/ASR/2012/AUS).

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IPCC Reports on Progress on Fifth Assessment Report [viewed]

IPCC11 June 2012: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has reported on progress made towards completing the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), which will provide a policy-relevant scientific view of the current state of knowledge about climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation.

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UNEP Releases Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment Report [viewed]

11 June 2012: The Frankfurt School UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance has released a report titled “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2012,” (GTR) prepared for UNEP by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

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UNU Project on Climate Resilience in Semi-Arid Africa Holds Kick-Off Meeting [viewed]

11 June 2012: A five-year research project on Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Semi-Arid Africa: An Integrated Approach (CECAR-Africa) held a kick-off meeting to formally commence its operational phase. CECAR-Africa focuses on the vulnerability of terrestrial ecosystems to climate change in developing countries, particularly in Africa.

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IPCC 35 Concludes Consideration of the IAC Review Recommendations [viewed]

IPCC9 June 2012: The 35th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) focused on the work resulting from the consideration of the recommendations from the InterAcademy Council (IAC) Review of the IPCC processes and procedures, namely those on: governance and management; procedures for the IPCC reports; and the communications strategy.

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CROP Agencies Reiterate Their Commitment to Climate Change Collaboration [viewed]

PIFS8 June 2012: The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) has reported that the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP) has recalled its statement on “Collaborating to Support Effective Responses to Climate Change,” during a meeting of the CROP Executives Subcommittee on Climate Change (CES-CCC). 

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UNESCO Holds Workshop on Impact of Glacier Retreat in Andes [viewed]

UNESCO30 May 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organized a regional workshop titled "The Impact of Glacier Retreat in the Andes: International Multidisciplinary Network for Adaptation Strategies" under the auspices of its International Hydrological Programme (IHP), and Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme.

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REN21 Status Report Indicates Strong Continued Growth in Renewables [viewed]

REN2111 June 2012: The Renewable Energy Global Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) has published the latest edition of its flagship publication, the “Renewables 2012 Global Status Report” (GSR), which illustrates continued growth in all types of renewables across sectors and countries, including via an update of REN21's interactive online map.

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IEA Workshop Urges Improvement of Energy Efficiency Indicators [viewed]

IEA8 June 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) hosted a workshop on the use of energy efficiency indicators in policy making. The workshop gathered over 100 policy makers, analysts and statisticians from around the world, with discussions focusing on the current use of energy efficiency indicators by governments.

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SPREP Reports on Robotic Sensors Deployment for Ocean Research [viewed]

June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced that 13 ocean robots were deployed in equatorial waters near Kiribati to conduct ocean monitoring. The robots, automatic ocean sensors known as Argo floats, will enable scientists to monitor the ocean processes behind El Niño and La Niña events.

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