Science, Assessment & Monitoring

CCAFS Assesses Challenges in National Adaptation Planning in the Agriculture Sector [viewed]

CCAFS15 November 2013: Underscoring the vulnerability and need for adaptation in the agriculture sector, the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Programme (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) released an overview of progress on the development of National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) from twelve countries in West and East Africa and South Asia, with a particular focus on agriculture and food security.

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UNOSAT Bangkok Office Will Facilitate DRR Work [viewed]

bangkok-office14 November 2013: The UN Institute for Training and Research's (UNITAR) Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) has opened an office in Bangkok, Thailand, following up on a partnership agreement between UNITAR and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) to collaborate on disaster management, capacity development and satellite applications.

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WMO Releases Provisional Statement on Status of Climate 2013 [viewed]

WMO13 November 2013: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released its provisional statement on the 'Status of the Global Climate 2013,' which confirms that 2013 is currently on track to be among the top ten warmest years on record, and that global sea level reached a new record high due, in part, to melting ice caps and glaciers.

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UNU-EHS Report Illustrates Loss and Damage in Four Countries [viewed]

UNU-EHS11 November 2013: Despite on-going adaptation efforts, vulnerable communities are experiencing climate-induced loss and damage that threatens their food security and livelihoods and forces them deeper into poverty, according to a report by the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). ‘Pushed to the Limit: Evidence of climate change-related loss and damage when people face constraints and limits to adaptation' presents case studies from Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Nepal that analyze the impacts of droughts and floods on households, primarily small-scale farmers.

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CCAFS Releases Success Stories on Climate Smart Agriculture [viewed]

CCAFS15 November 2013: A release from the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Programme (CCAFS) and the Technical Center for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA) has assembled a collection of experiences with climate-smart agriculture (CSA) to contribute to adaptation and mitigation objectives.

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FAO, IDB Support Analysis on Climate Change and Agriculture in Jamaica [viewed]

idb-faoNovember 2013: Given the expected adverse impacts of climate change on Jamaica's agriculture sector and Jamaica's goal to include climate change adaptation in the implementation of its Vision 2030 National Development Plan, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) collaborated on an analysis of Jamaican climate change impacts in the short- and medium-term and an identification of agricultural adaptation strategies.

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Panelists in Warsaw Discuss Ways to Link Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies [viewed]

Link Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies14 November 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) organized a side event at the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, titled ‘Linking Adaptation and Mitigation to Address Multiple Risks: New Research Findings and Field Examples.' Panelists presented research on ways to connect planning for mitigation and adaptation strategies.

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OECD Finds Successful Green Economy in Austria, Recommends Improvements [viewed]

OECD6 November 2013: Austria's green economy and environmental performance meet high standards, according to an assessment from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), but has room for improvement on pollution and other issues. The Environmental Performance Review (EPR) for 2013 highlights progress made since the previous report for Austria, in 2003. EPRs of OECD member countries are now in their third cycle.  

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UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2013 Presented in Warsaw [viewed]

unep-emissions-gap-report-201313 November 2013: Bert Metz, European Climate Foundation, facilitated a side event at the Warsaw Climate Change Conference that focused on the launch of UNEP's 'Emissions Gap Report 2013' and options for closing the emissions gap together with the role of pledges in climate negotiations.

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IEA World Energy Outlook Highlights Energy Sector Trends, Predicts 3.6°C Temperature Increase [viewed]

IEA12 November 2013: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its flagship annual publication, the 'World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2013,' which opens with the following sentence: “Many of the long-held tenets of the energy sector are being rewritten.”

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