Science, Assessment & Monitoring

US Department of Defense: Climate Change Poses Immediate Security Threat [viewed]

dod13 October 2014: The US Department of Defense (DoD) has released the ‘2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap' to address the threats that climate change poses to US national security and to plan ahead for a wide range of contingencies. The report explains that: climate change will affect the DoD's ability to defend the country and poses immediate risks to US national security; and the DoD is responding through adaptation and mitigation activities.

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ECLAC Evaluates Central America's Progress in Energy Efficiency [viewed]

ECLAC8 September 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Subregional Headquarters in Mexico has launched a study on energy efficiency (EE) in Central America. The publication analyzes the advances made by the region since the approval of the ‘Central American Sustainable Energy Strategy 2020,' in 2007.

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Event: Transport Day 2014 [viewed]

The Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) and the Bridging the Gap Initiative (BtG) are organizing Transport Day 2014 during the 20th session of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 20). The event is organized around the theme 'Transport Tackles Climate Change @ Transport Day 2014' and will feature a series break-out and plenary sessions aiming to raise the profile of the transport sector's climate change mitigation potential. Transport Day will aim to encourage the integration of transport into mitigation and adaptation policy making under the UNFCCC, ensure such and tools and resources as Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) systems, and technology transfer are appropriate for the transport sector.  

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UNEP-WCMC Study Predicts Climate Change will Drive Fish Towards the Poles [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc14 October 2014: A study on the impact of climate change on fish stocks by scientists from the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has identified ocean hotspots for fish extinction and a link between rising temperatures and fish movement. Using the climate change scenarios of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the study finds that fish could move away from their present-day habitats at rates of 16-26 km per decade.

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September 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

wb.adb.ebd.afdb.gefSeptember 2014: During the month of September, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) issued loans and highlighted work to address water-related issues including: conserving aquatic biodiversity; improving climate resilience; expanding water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services; implementing integrated water resources management (IWRM); and reducing disaster risk from flood and drought.

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EEA Report Identifies Triggers for Adaptation Policy [viewed]

EEA14 October 2014: According to a report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA), extreme weather events and EU policies are the primary drivers of climate change adaptation policy in Europe. The report, based on a survey of national adaptation authorities, finds that information provision is the most commonly mentioned adaptation policy instrument, and water management is the most prioritized sector for adaptation.

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IEA Calls for Strengthening Energy Efficiency Market [viewed]

IEA8 October 2014: A market report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) confirms the role of energy efficiency as the “first fuel,” with the global energy efficiency market currently worth US$310 billion or more. Emphasizing the role of energy efficiency in climate change mitigation efforts, the report stresses that while it is becoming an established market segment, efforts to strengthen financing for energy efficiency should be strengthened. The report also finds significant potential for energy efficiency in emerging economies, in particular in the transport sector.

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Bioversity International Promotes Agrodiversity for Climate Resilience in Papua New Guinea [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalOctober 2014: A publication by Bioversity International presents the results of a pilot project on the use of agricultural biodiversity for mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change. Initiated in Papua New Guinea in 2011, the project ‘Seeds for Needs,' implemented in partnership with the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) of Papua New Guinea, combines information from sweet potato and taro genebanks, and geographic information systems (GIS) to predict future climate scenarios and shortlist the most useful crop varieties for farmers in adapting to climate change.

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IRENA, UNECE Cooperate on Renewable Energy Promotion [viewed]

unece-irena30 September 2014: The International Energy Agency (IRENA) and UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation to increase the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix and promote access to affordable and clean energy. The MoU provides a framework for cooperation between the two organizations on projects and activities, exchange of information and enhanced public dialogue.

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IEA Africa Energy Outlook Explores Role of Energy in Regional Development [viewed]

IEA14 October 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has launched a Special Report examining the energy sector in Sub-Saharan Africa. The report focuses on ways to accelerate economic and social development in the region through energy sector actions and investment, and examines future prospects of the region's energy sector, broken down by fuel, sector and sub-region, and key issues such as the role of renewable energy, in particular mini-and off-grid solutions, in providing access to electricity.

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