Science, Assessment & Monitoring

AfDB, World Bank Partner to Improve Hydromet Services in Africa [viewed]

AfDB27 November 2014: The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Bank held a seminar on improving Africa's hydrological and meteorological systems in order to capture weather and climate data and disseminate information to assist in development planning. Discussions emphasized the critical role of hydrometeorological services in providing information to support economic development and build resilience in many sectors in Africa, including disaster risk reduction and management, water, agriculture, transport, energy, public health and aviation safety and security.

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UNEP Live Tracker Provides Information to Track Progress on GEGs, SDGs [viewed]

UNEPNovember 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the Global Environment Goals (GEG) Live Tracker website to provide information on progress towards achieving internationally-agreed environmental goals and objectives and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The website aims to better inform decision-makers and the public on progress towards the goals and information available for monitoring them.

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IPCC Publishes Full Report on Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

IPCC28 November 2014: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published the full version of Working Group III's (WG III) contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), titled ‘Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change,' in advance of the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru. The report explores solutions involved in climate change mitigation based on a comprehensive assessment of the relevant scientific, technical and socioeconomic literature and describes the costs, benefits, risks and trade-offs of alternative policy options.

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FAO Launches Index for Risk Management [viewed]

FAO27 November 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has launched a tool that will use data from a range of international organizations and academic institutions to help countries prevent and respond to crises. The Index for Risk Management (InfoRM) currently covers 191 countries.

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January-October Temperatures Break Records, WMO Reports [viewed]

WMO21 November 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported that, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), global average temperature over land and ocean surfaces for January to October 2014 was the highest on record, and October was the hottest since measurements began in 1880.

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Climate Services Board Reviews GFCS Progress [viewed]

gfcs10 November 2014: A meeting of the Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services reviewed progress and challenges in the provision and use of climate services, including seasonal forecasts and drought and flood management tools. Growing climate impacts highlight the “urgent need” for more cross-cutting climate services and partnerships to help communities adapt to extreme weather and increase disaster resilience.

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CCXG Publishes Papers Relevant to 2015 Climate Agreement [viewed]

OECD_NEWNovember 2014: The Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) has released four papers examining technical issues relevant to the negotiations towards a 2015 climate change agreement under the UNFCCC.

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World Bank Report: 'New Climate Normal' Severe Risk to Development [viewed]

World Bank23 November 2014: Warming nearing 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels “is already locked into the Earth's atmospheric system by past and predicted greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,” according to the third installment in the World Bank's ‘Turn Down the Heat' series. ‘Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal' examines the risks increased climate change poses to development across Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the Middle East and North Africa.

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UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy Focuses on CCS, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency [viewed]

UNECE21 November 2014: During the UN Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) 23rd annual meeting of the Committee on Sustainable Energy (CSE23), which was the final meeting of UNECE Sustainable Energy Week, UNECE Member States approved recommendations to the UNFCCC on how carbon capture and storage (CCS) should be treated in a post-Kyoto Protocol agreement.

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EEA Report Examines Costs of Industrial Air Pollution [viewed]

EEANovember 2014: Air pollution from Europe's industrial facilities cost the region between €59-189 billion in 2012, with 1% of facilities responsible for 50% of the damage, according to a report by the European Environment Agency (EEA). ‘Costs of Air Pollution from European Industrial Facilities 2008-2012' presents damage cost estimates to health and the environment caused by air pollutants emitted from Europe's industrial facilities.

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