Science, Assessment & Monitoring

OAS Holds Workshop on Infrastructure Institutions for Renewable Energy in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

6 May 2011: A workshop co-organized by the Organization of American States (OAS) discussed the needs and challenges facing quality infrastructure institutions, such as standardization, certification, accreditation, metrology and evaluation of compliance, in Latin America and the Caribbean, related to energy efficiency and renewable energy.

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FAO Releases Report on Mega-Fires and Climate Change [viewed]

10 May 2011: At the International Wildland Fire Conference in Sun City, South Africa, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a preliminary report titled “Findings and Implications from a Coarse-Scale Global Assessment of Recent Selected Mega-Fires.” The report suggests that changing climate may be exacerbating the growing number of mega-fires and resulting in a positive feedback loop.

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Global Assessment Report Launched at Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

10 May 2011: Delegates from 175 governments and over 176 regional and national organizations convened on 10 May 2011 for the week-long Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, organized by the UN Secretariat for the International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UN/ISDR). The Platform will focus on the links between the rising cost of disasters, how local communities adapt to climate change, and the status of poverty eradication efforts before the 2015 deadline set by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA).

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EU Joint Research Centre Annual Report Highlights Climate Science [viewed]

10 May 2011: The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has released its Annual Report for 2010, which provides an overview of the activities, accomplishments and resources related to the JRC's work carried out during 2010, including figures on staff, budget and publications.

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US, China Discuss Climate, Energy and Fisheries Cooperation [viewed]

10 May 2011: During the third round of the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, held from 9-10 May 2011, the two sides discussed bilateral, regional and global issues, including cooperation on climate change, energy and fisheries.

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UNFCCC Publishes Further SB Documents for Bonn Session [viewed]

9 May 2011: The UNFCCC has published documents for consideration by the 34th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA), which will take place from 6-16 June 2011, in Bonn, Germany.  

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IPCC Releases Summary of the Special Report on Renewable Energy [viewed]

9 May 2011: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a Summary for Policy Makers of the “Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN).” The report was released on 9 May 2011, following its approval at the 11th Session of IPCC Working Group III in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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Caribbean Community's Climate Update Focuses on Green Climate Fund [viewed]

5 May 2011: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has published the seventh issue of its Weekly News Update on Climate Change, featuring international and regional news on climate change-related issues.

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IEA Paper Reviews International Progress on Energy Efficiency Across Sectors [viewed]

April 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a paper in its Energy Efficiency Series, authored by Sara Bryan Pasquier, titled “Implementation of the 25 Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations in IEA Member Countries: Recent Developments.”

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World Bank Climate Change Envoy Comments on Sea Level Rise Report [viewed]

4 May 2011: Andrew Steer, Special Envoy for Climate Change for the World Bank Group, has expressed concern over the findings of a new report by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), the scientific arm of the eight-nation Arctic Council. The report predicts that sea level rise will reach between 0.9 and 1.6 meters by the end of this century, with negative effects in particular over poor populations who live in the lowest lying land and have the fewest resources to adapt.

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