Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNFCCC Publishes Romania's Fifth National Communication [viewed]

UNFCCC3 January 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the fifth National Communication (NC5) of Romania (FCCC/IDR.5/ROU). Annex I Parties were requested, in accordance with decision 10/CP.13, to submit their NC5 to the Secretariat by 1 January 2010. This report presents the results of the in-depth review of Romania's NC5 conducted by an expert review team (ERT) in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol.

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UNESCO Hosts First World Ocean Council 'Smart Ocean/Smart Industries' Workshop [viewed]

22 December 2011: The first World Ocean Council (WOC) 'Smart Ocean/Smart Industries' workshop, hosted by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), brought together representatives from shipping, oil and gas, marine technology and other sectors, as well as scientists, government agencies, and inter-governmental organizations. The workshop aimed to initiate a new programme to facilitate ocean industry collaboration with the scientific community to scale up data collection from “smart” ships and platforms and expand the spatial and temporal extent of ocean and atmospheric observations.

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AMEP Quarterly Highlights GEF Caribbean Projects [viewed]

22 December 2011: The 12th issue of AMEP Quarterly highlights projects and activities implemented by the Assessment and Management of Environmental Pollution (AMEP) sub-programme of UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Kingston, Jamaica-based Caribbean Regional Coordinating Unit (CAR/CRU), including several funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) on topics such as AMEP, wastewater management, waste management, oil spill response planning, and climate change and disaster management.

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CEC Report Details Greenhouse Gas Emissions from North American Power Plants [viewed]

7 December 2011: A report by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) on the air emissions of electric power plants in North America finds that its 3,144 fossil fuel-burning plants generate the majority of several key pollutants and emit more greenhouse gases (GHG) than any other industrial sector.

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IEA Paper Reviews Reporting and Accounting for Negative Emissions Technologies [viewed]

December 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a Working Paper titled “Combining Bioenergy with CCS- Reporting and Accounting for Negative Emissions under UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol.”

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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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