Science, Assessment & Monitoring

New IPCC Chair Elected [viewed]

Hoesung_Lee7 October 2015: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has elected Hoesung Lee, Republic of Korea, as its new Chair. Lee was elected by 78 votes to 56 in a run-off with Jean-Pascal van Ypersele of Belgium. Speaking after the vote, Lee said he was "honored and grateful" to have been elected. He underscored the need for more information regarding existing options for preventing and adapting to climate change.

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Second Our Ocean Conference Galvanizes 80 Initiatives, US$2.1 Billion in Commitments [viewed]

Second Our Ocean Conference6 October 2015: The Second Our Ocean Conference generated US$2.1 billion in commitments on oceans, including announcements of more than 80 initiatives on marine conservation and protection and the protection of over 1.9 million square kilometers of ocean. The Conference aimed to promote voluntary governmental and institutional commitments to care for the world's oceans.

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APEC Adopts DRR Framework [viewed]

apec30 September 2015: Senior disaster management officials from the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) have introduced a collaborative platform for strengthening the resilience of Asia-Pacific economies, in light of the 'new normal' of increasing natural disaster threats due to climate change. The APEC Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) will guide policy coordination within and between APEC economies to combat the increasing frequency, magnitude and scope of disasters, which are endangering lives and economic stability.

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Second Eye on Earth Summit Opens in Abu Dhabi [viewed]

Eye on Earth6 October 2015: The second Eye on Earth Summit has opened in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with leaders hailing the agreement on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that was unanimously adopted by UN Member States in September. The Summit aims to spark new partnerships, agreement on guidelines for data governance and support for countries developing their own environmental data policies.

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OECD, IEA Provide Overview of First 29 INDCs [viewed]

oecd.ieaSeptember 2015: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and International Energy Agency (IEA) have published a report, titled 'Overview of INDCs Submitted by 31 August 2015,' which summarizes the key information communicated in countries' intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) submitted under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The report examines the mitigation components of INDCs that had been submitted by 31 August 2015, analyzing their clarity and transparency as well as the likely aggregate impact on greenhouse (GHG) emissions.

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Event: 34th Meetings of the CCAMLR and its Scientific Committee [viewed]

The 34th meetings of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) and its Scientific Committee will convene in Hobart, Australia. The meeting is expected to address, among other issues: illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing; climate change; catch documentation scheme (CDS); vessel monitoring system (VMS); harvested species (krill, fish; fish and invertebrate by-catch); incidental mortality; spatial management and impacts on the Antarctic system; compliance with conservation measures in force; and compliance evaluation procedures.  

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IEA Reports Accelerated Growth of Renewables [viewed]

IEA2 October 2015: The International Energy Agency (IEA) launched a report, titled ‘Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2015,' which assesses market trends for renewable energy in the electricity, transport and heating sectors. The report also identifies drivers and challenges to renewables' deployment and projects their growth through 2020. The report, launched during the G20 Energy Ministers Meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, on 2 October 2015, further assesses potential impacts of enhanced policy actions under an accelerated case for renewable power.

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September 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

energy_sep_2015October 2015: During September 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Clean Investment Funds (CIF), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank, among others, announced sustainable energy project funding and related plans. AfDB and IFC launched publications and reported on events.

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UNFCCC Reports on Submission and Review of Sixth National Communications, Biennial Reports [viewed]

UNFCCC30 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a note outlining the status of submission and review of sixth national communications (NC6) and first biennial reports (BR1) (FCCC/SBI/2015/INF.9). At the time of the note's preparation, the Secretariat had received national communications from all 43 Annex I Parties and Kazakhstan. Twenty-six Parties submitted them before the due date of 1 January 2014, while 17 and Kazakhstan made their submissions after the due date.

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Guest Article #128: A Call for Knowledge in the Age of Big Data [viewed]

“Knowledge is power,” goes the old adage. Whether Sir Francis Bacon or Thomas Hobbes (or someone else entirely) said it first, the fact that it still holds true today – in this epoch of big data and nigh-on endless information – is illuminating. For it is not information alone that is pivotal in the course of human events, but how that information is taken up, understood, and acted upon; how that information is turned into knowledge and from knowledge to action.

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