Science, Assessment & Monitoring

IISD Assumes Management of Experimental Lakes Area [viewed]

iisd_logo1 April 2014: The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) have signed agreements to ensure the continued operation of the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) research facility. The ELA is a unique, whole-lake laboratory, with 58 lakes used for scientific study of stressors and pollutants on freshwater lakes and watersheds.

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Horn of Africa Countries Address Drought Threat and Disaster Resilience [viewed]

IGAD31 March 2014: The Second IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI) was facilitated by the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an organization comprised of six East African countries in the Horn of Africa.

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UNESCO Launches Ocean Acidification Website [viewed]

Unesco1 April 2014: Ocean acidification impacts are occurring across the globe, from small islands to large continents and from the tropics to the poles, according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). UNESCO and its partners have launched a website that brings together information on ocean acidification, which is also described as the "other carbon dioxide problem."

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Arctic Council Releases 2013 Overview of Arctic Ocean Acidification [viewed]

Arctic Council28 March 2014: The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), an Arctic Council Working Group, has released the 'Arctic Ocean Acidifcation 2013: An Overview,' which is written for the general public and educational purposes in high schools.

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Mitigation Partnership Considers Information Accompanying NDCs [viewed]

MRV11 March 2014: At its 13th meeting, the International Partnership on Mitigation and Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) discussed which types of information should accompany UNFCCC Parties' nationally determined contributions (NDCs) in the context of a 2015 agreement.

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IPCC Adopts WGII Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report [viewed]

ipcc31 March 2014: The tenth Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II (WGII-10) and 38th Session of the IPCC (IPCC-38) endorsed the findings of the second part of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) addressing climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability.

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WWRP Launches Tool on Regional Ensemble Forecasts of High-Impact Weather [viewed]

wwrp28 March 2014: The World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has launched 'TIGGE-LAM,' a new tool that aims to improve regional ensemble forecasts of high-impact weather, thereby strengthening early warning and disaster prevention.

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UNFCCC Publishes Documents on Revised Guidelines for Annex I GHG Inventories Review [viewed]

UNFCCC25 March 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released two documents relating to the review of Annex I parties' greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories under the work programme on the revision of the guidelines for the review of Annex I parties' biennial reports and national communications, including national inventories.

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Event: The Future of Food Security and Climate Change in Viet Nam, Malawi and Zambia [viewed]

This online discussion, titled 'The Future of Food Security and Climate Change in Viet Nam, Malawi and Zambia: scenarios, outlooks and challenges in the next 30 years,' is being convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN), to explore the relationships between climate change adaptation, climate change mitigation and food security in Viet Nam, Malawi and Zambia. The discussion aims at exploring the current, foreseeable and likely relationships between climate change adaptation, climate change mitigation and food security in the three countries, and has been set up by FAO's Economics and Policy Innovations for Climate-Smart Agriculture (EPIC) programme in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and with support from the European Commission.  

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Regional Climate Centre for Caribbean Launched [viewed]

WMOusaid27 March 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), with funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), launched a Regional Climate Centre (RCC) for the Caribbean aimed at helping the Eastern Caribbean improve its ability to understand and predict current and future climate-related issues and build capacity for adaptation.

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