Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNFCCC Publishes Fifth National Communication Review Reports for Italy and Poland [viewed]

UNFCCC5 August 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the reports of the in-depth review of the fifth national communications (NC5) of Italy (FCCC/IDR.5/ITA) and Poland (CC/ERT/2011/12). The reviews were conducted by teams of experts nominated from the UNFCCC roster of experts.

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Event: Ninth Meeting of the Editorial Board of Emission Factor Database (EFDB) [viewed]

This meeting is supported by the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  

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Event: IPCC WG II AR5 Second Lead Authors Meeting [viewed]

This event will be the second meeting for the lead authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group (WG) II Fifth Assessment Report (AR 5).  

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Event: WMO Regional Association VI Conference on Social and Economic Benefits of Weather, Climate and Water Services [viewed]

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is organizing this meeting in conjunction with MeteoSwiss and the Government of Switzerland. The meeting aims to promote and stimulate socio-economic assessments and studies among the Regional Association (RA) Members. It will provide a forum for discussing the outcomes of recent studies carried out by different Members and reviewing related methodologies. It is expected that the Conference will provide material for the development of regional guidelines on the subject with an outline of good practices, in order to build the capacity of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in the region for conducting socio-economic analyses and studies.  

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Event: 10th Scientific Conference on Weather Modification [viewed]

This Conference is being organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and will consider weather modification research and the study of cloud and precipitation processes, and weather modification and the physical and socio-economic environment. Weather modification research topics will focus on: observational and laboratory studies; modelling studies; developments in seeding material and methods of delivery; and data analysis and statistical methods as applied to current and previous experiments and projects. Weather modification and the physical and socio-economic environment will address: environmental issues, user requirements and cost-benefit studies; inadvertent weather modification; and climate change and geo-engineering. The presentations may report on both scientific results as well as on operational experience in weather modification supported with scientific studies/analyses.  

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OECD Update Highlights Biotechnologies for Sustainable Development, Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

28 July 2011: The 22nd issue of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Biotechnology Update provides up-to-date information on OECD activities related to biotechnology, including applications of biotechnology for green growth and sustainable development, and climate change adaptation.

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IPCC Calls for Comments on 33rd Session's Draft Report [viewed]

July 2011: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released the draft report of its 33rd session and is calling for comments by Governments by 15 September 2011.

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IFPRI Releases Series of Briefs on Food Security and Climate Change in Africa [viewed]

July 2011: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a series of briefs on food security and climate change in Africa. The briefs use a selection of climate scenarios to model hydrological and temperature impacts on productivity and income, as well as adaptation scenarios.

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Event: International Symposium on Drought and National Drought Policies [viewed]

This symposium is organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). It will build on the WMO meeting on national drought policies held at George Mason University, Fairfax, US, from 14-15 July 2011, which outlined steps for countries to reduce drought risks and help coordinate the development of a "best-practices" compendium on developing drought policies. The collaboration between the WMO and UNCCD builds on recent partnerships, such as on the use of the Standard Precipitation Index as a universal drought index.  

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Guest Article #63: The Work of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) recently agreed on a need for a roadmap on climate change and genetic resources. The Commission is the only permanent forum for governments to discuss and negotiate matters specifically relevant to biological diversity for food and agriculture.

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