Science, Assessment & Monitoring

CAF Launches Geopolis at Seminar on Infrastructure for Climate Change [viewed]

10 July 2012: The Latin American Development Bank (CAF) launched Geopolis, a think tank/network aimed at strengthening institutional capacity, and building a culture of disaster prevention and management in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

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UNFCCC Publishes France's GHG Inventory Review [viewed]

6 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of France (FCCC/ARR/2011/FRA) that states that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 8.1% between 1990 and 2009.

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Ramsar COP 11 Stresses Role of Wetlands in Addressing Climate Change [viewed]

13 July 2012: The 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) concluded with the adoption of 22 resolutions, including one on climate change and wetlands.

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IPCC Calls for Second Round of Applications to its Scholarship Programme [viewed]

IPCC12 July 2012: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has announced a call for applications for the second round of its Scholarship Programme, aimed at providing funds for young scientists from developing countries for climate change research.

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UNIDO's Making It Magazine Highlights the Need for Sustainable Consumption [viewed]

July 2012: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has published the latest issue of its quarterly newsletter, “Making It: Industry for Development,” with a focus on the theme “The Health of Nations.” The issue considers linkages between productive activities and health concerns.

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CDP Paper Considers Role of Climate Vulnerability in Identifying LDCs [viewed]

UN logoJune 2012: The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Committee for Development Policy (CDP) has published a background paper reviewing the role of climate change vulnerability in identifying Least Developed Countries (LDCs). It argues that climate change should not be regarded as a new and separate handicap, but as a factor that could aggravate existing handicaps to development.

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CIFOR-Supported Research Examines Local Climate Change Knowledge in Indonesia [viewed]

11 July 2012: Recognizing the need to better understand local communities' perceptions of climate change, researchers at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) have explored the role of local knowledge in analyzing land-use change.

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IEA Releases Review of Ireland's Energy Policies [viewed]

IEA11 July 2012: As part of its series on the energy policies of member countries, the International Energy Agency (IEA) published a 2012 review of Ireland's policies and challenges. It contains: a policy analysis, reviewing general energy policy, climate change and energy efficiency; a sector analysis, reviewing electricity, renewable energy, natural gas, coal and peat and oil; and an energy technology analysis, reviewing energy research, development and demonstration.

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OECD, FAO Agricultural Outlook Highlights Continued High Food Costs [viewed]

FAO11 July 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have released the Agricultural Outlook for 2012 to 2021, which highlights the expectation for continued high food costs due to stable production and increasing demand.

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IEA Reports on Caspian Energy Policy Dialogue [viewed]

IEA11 July 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has reported on a three-day meeting of energy experts from the Caspian region, which entailed a high-level energy policy dialogue, the regional launch of the IEA's "Energy Technology Perspectives 2012" (ETP),  training and capacity development, and a workshop on energy efficiency indicators.

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