Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Climate Services Adaptation Programme Aims to Increase Resilience in Africa [viewed]

WMO21 November 2013: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) partnered with research groups, UN agencies and humanitarian organizations to launch the Climate Services Adaptation Programme in Africa in an effort to increase the resilience of the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of weather and climate-related events.

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Environmental Stressors Expected to Worsen as Climate Changes and Urban Population Grows [viewed]

WMO19 November 2013: A technical conference on the theme 'Responding to the Environmental Stressors of the 21st Century' focused on challenges posed by rising greenhouse gases, extreme weather events, pressures on the water cycle, pollution and an increasing urban-based global population.

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Experts Discuss How to Transform Information into Knowledge and Climate Action [viewed]

Transform Information into Knowledge and Climate Action20 November 2013: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) organized a Climate Knowledge Brokers (CKB) Group side event on transforming information into knowledge and climate action.

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UNEP's 'Africa Adaptation Gap' Report Estimates Costs in Face of 'Emissions Gap' [viewed]

UNEP19 November 2013: A report released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) reviews the financial and environmental costs that Africa will face if governments fail to close the ‘emissions gap' needed to keep warming below 2°C. The report, titled 'Africa's Adaptation Gap: Technical Report,' confirms the assessment of the World Bank's November 2012 report,  titled 'Turn Down the Heat,' that there is a 40 per cent chance global temperature will increase by 3.5-4°C if mitigation efforts are not stepped up.

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Ocean Acidification Report Highlights Climate Change Link and Need for Greater Observation and Coordination [viewed]

UNESCO IOC18 November 2013: During a side-event to Warsaw Climate Change Conference, the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched a publication titled 'Ocean Acidification: Summary for Policymakers,' the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) presented its Ocean Acidification Coordination Centre, and recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) findings on ocean acidification were discussed.

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CGIAR Members Document Water Resource Management in Malawi [viewed]

CCAFS18 November 2013: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and WorldFish have completed a three-year project in the Chingale catchment in Malawi, to build decision support for water management in an aquaculture and small-scale irrigation activities.

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UN Secretary-General Reflects on Science, Technology, Innovation in Sustainable Development [viewed]

United Nations18 November 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the roles that science, technology and innovation play in promoting progress and peace, ranging "from climate change to public health; from food security to sanitation; from disarmament to disaster preparedness.”

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UNESCO Report Highlights Social Sciences' Role in Addressing Environmental Change [viewed]

UNESCO15 November 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched a new report on social sciences and global environmental change, titled 'World Social Science Report: Changing Global Environments.' The report was released during the 37th session of the UNESCO General Conference in Paris, France.

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UNEP Launches Guidebook on Efficient Lighting [viewed]

unep-publication14 October 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a 'Guidebook for the Development of a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) on Efficient Lighting.' The publication was launched during the Warsaw Climate Change Conference.

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ICRAF Reports on Landscape Emission Reductions Pilot Project [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)18 November 2013: The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) announced a report from the Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB) hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) highlighting the lessons learned and outcomes from the project, ‘Reduced Emission from All Land Use (REALU)'.

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