Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Event: MRV GHG Emissions Under Existing and Developing Carbon Pricing Mechanisms [viewed]

The World Bank's Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR) and the Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community (Climate-KIC) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) are hosting a conference titled 'Monitoring, Reporting and Verifying GHG Emissions under Existing and Developing Carbon Pricing Mechanisms'. Taking place between the Carbon Expo 2014 and the June meeting of the UNFCCC's Subsidiary Bodies, the event will present analysis of sub-national, national, and sector-based greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting frameworks. Questions to be addressed include: what are the costs associated with MRV requirements; are there incentives to reduce uncertainty; is there a trade-off between uncertainty and costs for reporting entities; and how can MRV procedures be improved. Presenters will also consider how to create a "credible, consistent and compatible MRV infrastructure across the world to support global mitigation action".  

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WMO Confirms 2013 as Sixth Warmest Year on Record [viewed]

WMO24 March 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released its annual climate statement, which confirms that 2013 tied with 2007 as the sixth warmest on record, continuing the long-term global warming trend, and highlights that 13 of the 14 warmest years on record have all occurred in the 21st century.

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WMO Engages Youth on World Meteorological Day [viewed]

WMO23 March 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) celebrated World Meteorological Day on 23 March, under the theme 'Weather and Climate: Engaging Youth.' During an official ceremony held to mark the Day in Geneva, Switzerland, WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud called on youth to use their "innovative spirit, fresh insights, and courage" to tackle climate change.

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USAID Study Analyzes Climate Impacts in Mekong River Basin [viewed]

usaid20 March 2014: The values at risk in key livelihood sectors from predicted climate change impacts are estimated to be at least US$16 billion per year, according to the findings of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) 'Mekong ARCC Climate Change Impact and Adaptation Study.' The study, which was inspired by an International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) study, considers climate impacts on agriculture, fisheries, livestock, and rural infrastructure and health.

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CGIAR Combats Wheat Rust Re-emergence Due to Climate Change [viewed]

CGIAR13 March 2014: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is leading several international initiatives to combat an increase in frequency and severity of outbreaks of wheat rust triggered by climate change.

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IPCC Session on Working Group II Report Opens [viewed]

ipcc1025 March 2014: The 10th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II (WGII-10) and 38th session of the IPCC (IPCC-38) are expected to endorse the findings of the second part of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) addressing climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. 

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OECD Assesses Role of Water Governance in the Netherlands [viewed]

OECD17 March 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released a report, titled ‘Water Governance in the Netherlands: Fit for the Future?' which highlights ways to make the Dutch system more sustainable in light of climate change.

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IRP, UN-REDD Report Highlights Role of REDD+ in the Green Economy [viewed]

UNEP20 March 2014: The International Resource Panel (IRP) and the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) have released a report on the role of REDD+ in transitioning to a green economy. The report, titled 'Building National Capital - How REDD+ can support a Green Economy,' highlights the urgent need for US$30 billion in funding to ensure REDD+ implementation and to contribute to green economy transformations, noting that this is less than 7 percent of annual fossil fuel subsidies.

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World Bank Launches Disaster and Climate Data Guide [viewed]

gfdrr19 March 2014: The World Bank has launched the Open Data for Resilience Initiative (OpenDRI) Field Guide, which sets basic standards for open source creation and communication of disaster and climate change information. The Guide was developed by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR).

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ECLAC, CCRIF Meeting Evaluates Disaster, Loss and Damage Assessments [viewed]

eclac-ccrif7 March 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Caribbean Catastrophic Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) hosted a meeting of Caribbean Government agencies, emergency management professionals, and civil society representatives to discuss assessments of disasters occurring in the region from 2006-2013.

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