Science, Assessment & Monitoring

FAO Tool Assesses Potential Impact of Climate Change on Livestock Breed Distribution [viewed]

fao_headquarters27 November 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has developed a tool that can help estimate the potential impact of climate change on the distribution of livestock breeds. The tool will be launched at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, France.

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Event: Land Day at UNFCCC COP 21 [viewed]

This one-day event will take place on the sidelines of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, and will address the overall theme of ‘Land Degradation Neutrality as a solution to climate change'. A series of panel discussions will explore interlinkages between the achievement of land degradation neutrality (LDN) targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change. Specific sessions will address, among other topics: ecosystem based adaptation; evergreen agriculture and land restoration; ecological rainfall infrastructure: a new perspective on how forests and trees matter for climate; and ‘Desertification, Land degradation and Climate Change - Time to Act!' The event will also explore civil society contributions to LDN, including through the ‘4 per mill' initiative to spur a transition towards agroecology.  

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WMO: 2015 Likely to be Warmest Year on Record [viewed]

WMO25 November 2015: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has estimated that the world will have reached 1°C of warming above pre-industrial levels in 2015. The Organization predicts that the global average surface temperature in 2015 is likely to be the warmest on record, noting the cause as a combination of anthropogenic climate change and a strong El Niño. In addition, the years 2011-2015 make up the warmest five-year period ever recorded, according to the WMO.

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CGRFA Issues Guidelines for Integrating Genetic Resources in Adaptation Planning [viewed]

FAO24 November 2015: The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a set of voluntary guidelines for integrating the conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources for food and agriculture (GRFA) into national climate change adaptation planning, in accordance with UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) principles.

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ICAO, IMO Report to SBSTA on Aviation and Maritime Fuel Emissions [viewed]

ICAO-IMO24 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has issued a document (FCCC/SBSTA/2015/MISC.5) containing the submissions of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). ICAO and IMO submitted the reports, which focus on emissions from fuel used for international aviation and maritime transport, at the request of SBSTA at its 42nd session (SBSTA 42).

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UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee Reports on Technology Needs Assessments [viewed]

UNFCCC23 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the 'Guidance on enhanced implementation of the results of technology needs assessments: interim report by the Technology Executive Committee' (FCCC/SB/2015/INF.3). The report contains recommended improvements to the existing guidance on technology needs assessment (TNA), technology action plans (TAPs) and project ideas for the enhanced implementation of priority technologies for development and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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UNISDR Asia Partnership Meeting Advances Work on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

UNISDR20 November 2015: Participants at the 2nd Asia Partnership Meeting of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) have developed a draft regional plan for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 in Asia. The draft plan will be submitted to the 2016 Asia Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) for further discussion and adoption.

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FAO and Partners Launch Upgraded Web Platform to Estimate Carbon Stocks in Trees [viewed]

fao_cirad19 November 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD), and Tuscia University have launched an upgraded version of GlobAllomeTree, a web-based toolbox and data repository to assess carbon stocks in forests.

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Majority of Disasters are Weather-related: UNISDR Reports [viewed]

UNISDR23 November 2015: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has released a report, titled 'The Human Cost of Weather-Related Disasters 1995-2015,' which finds that 90% of disasters around the world are caused by weather extremes, such as floods, storms heatwaves or droughts. Over the past 20 years, these disasters have caused 606,000 deaths and left 4.1 billion people injured, homeless or in need of emergency assistance.

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IEA, IPEEC Evaluate Energy Efficiency in Buildings of Major Economies [viewed]

iea_ipeec23 November 2015: The International Energy Agency (IEA) and International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) have co-published a report, titled 'Building Energy Performance Metrics: Supporting Energy Efficiency Progress in Major Economies,' which lays out the current state of energy performance in buildings over the period 2000-2012. The report finds that efficiency could save the equivalent of building energy use in China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and the US combined annually.

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