Science, Assessment & Monitoring

FAO Releases Study on Forestry's Impact on GHGs [viewed]

June 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a forestry paper titled "Impact of the global forest industry on atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHGs)," which traces the value chain of forest products (roundwood, processed wood products, and pulp and paper) and calculates a net contribution of 467 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year from the forest product chain.

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African Rice Research Aims to Meet Food Security Goals and Respond to Climate Change [viewed]

21 May 2010: The Africa Rice Center has reported on new research that shows that African rice is not inherently lower yielding than Asian rice and describes the adaptability of African rice to harsh growing conditions in Africa, hence its value for developing improved varieties suited to a changing climate.

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UN-REDD, UNFF Present at Commonwealth Forestry Conference [viewed]

1 July 2010: Ravi Prabhu, Senior Programme Officer for the UN-REDD Programme, and Jan McAlpine, Director of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), delivered presentations at the Commonwealth Forestry Conference, taking place in Edinburgh, UK, from 28 June–2 July 2010. The theme of the Conference, which takes place every four to five years, is “Restoring the Commonwealth's forests: Tackling climate change.”

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Earth System Science Partnership Participates in Global Media Forum [viewed]

21 June 2010: The Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP) convened a session at the Global Media Forum on 21 June 2010, in Bonn, Germany, on "Media-ting change: the effective use of media in creating societal awareness of climate change." 

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Report of the 31st Session of the Joint Scientific Committee for WCRP Released [viewed]

17 June 2010: The report of the 31st session of the Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) has now been published and is available online.

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ICARDA and ACSAD Partner for Adaptation Research [viewed]

15 June 2010: The International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA) has announced a new partnership with the Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD) for research on climate change adaptation and conservation agriculture.

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UNFCCC Releases Public Inputs on Methodology for Lighting with LED Systems [viewed]

30 June 2010: At its 54th meeting, the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) agreed to open a call for public inputs on the specific aspects of a methodology framework for estimating greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions from replacing fuel-based lighting with LED Systems.

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Second Science with Africa Conference Focuses on Innovation for Development [viewed]

28 June 2010: The Second Science with Africa Conference has ended with the adoption of recommendations on how African countries can leverage science and technology to carry forward their development agenda.

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UNFCCC Publishes Experts Report on Non-Annex I National Communications [viewed]

June 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/SBI/2010/INF.2) of the first meeting of the reconstituted Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE), which took place in Bonn, Germany, from 29- 31 March 2010.

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UN Secretary-General Launches 2010 MDGs Report [viewed]

23 June 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report 2010, a yearly assessment of global progress towards the MDGs.

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