Science, Assessment & Monitoring

World Bank Launches Climate Data Access Portal, Launches Apps Competition [viewed]

World Bank23 November 2011: The World Bank has launched a new Climate Change Knowledge Portal as part of its Open Data Initiative, which links users to over 250 climate indicators and includes visualization tools depicting temperature and rainfall scenarios to the year 2100.

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EEA Releases Report on CCS and Air Pollution [viewed]

EEA17 November 2011: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a report describing the effects that carbon capture and storage (CCS) may have on emissions of key air pollutants, in addition to keeping carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

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UNEP Launches Report on Bridging the Emissions Gap [viewed]

Photo courtesy of UNEP23 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a report titled “Bridging the Emissions Gap,” in advance of the Durban Climate Change Conference. The report indicates that cutting emissions by 2020 to a level that could keep global temperature rise under 2ºC is technologically and economically feasible.

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UNFCCC Publishes Latest Newsletter Before Durban [viewed]

UNFCCC News - Issue 2823 November 2011: Focusing on the upcoming Durban Climate Change Conference, the latest edition of the UNFCCC newsletter includes video messages from UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, and from the President of Republic of South Africa, Jacob Zuma.

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UNFCCC Publishes Risk Management Workshop Report [viewed]

UNFCCC22 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report (FCCC/SBI/2011/INF.12) on the workshop on promoting risk management approaches on the specific needs and concerns of developing country parties arising from the impact of the implementation of response measures.

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World Bank Finances Improved Agricultural Resilience in Uruguay [viewed]

World Bank17 November 2011: The World Bank has approved a US$49 million loan to Uruguay to support the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Climate Change Project, a system of more environmentally-sustainable farming practices to adapt agricultural production to the effects of climate change.

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Caribbean Workshop Focuses on Improving Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

Caribbean Workshop Focuses on Improving Disaster Risk Management16 November 2011: The Government of Grenada, financed by the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the World Bank, with technical support from the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), organized an information sharing workshop to discuss the problems and solutions of sharing geospatial data to improve disaster risk management in the Caribbean.

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EFSA Report Discusses Climate Change as Driver of Emerging Risks to Plant Health [viewed]

EFSANovember 2011: The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has released the report of a scientific colloquium on emerging risks in plant health covering, among other issues, climate change as a driver of emerging threats to plant health.

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Montreal Protocol Committee Considers Climate Impact Indicator [viewed]

UNEP20 November 2011: At its 65th meeting, the Executive Committee (ExComm) of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol (MLF) considered the Multilateral Fund Climate Impact Indicator (MCII). The tool is intended to support the MLF Secretariat and the ExComm in understanding the climate impact of the activities proposed, based on a comparable and fair assessment, and in keeping track of the impact of HCFC-phase-out activities of the Multilateral Fund on the climate.

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Climate Change and Food Security in West and North Africa Conference Adopts Kuwait Declaration [viewed]

WMO18 November 2011: The International Conference on Adaptation to Climate Change and Food Security in West and North Africa addressed concerns over the sustainability of agriculture production systems in the region, noting the importance of agriculture for local livelihoods and the poor, as well as concerns over water scarcity.

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