Science, Assessment & Monitoring

European Commission Calculates EU Energy Costs and Subsidies [viewed]

EC13 October 2014: The European Commission has released a report that quantifies public interventions in energy markets. As the first study to provide data on energy costs and subsidies for all 28 EU member States and power generation technologies, the report seeks to enhance understanding on the functioning of energy markets and the size and effect of government interventions across the Union.

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Event: IEA World Energy Outlook 2014 Launch [viewed]

The International Energy Agency's (IEA) 'World Energy Outlook 2014' (WEO 2014) report will be launched on 12 November. The 2014 edition will comprise an analysis of medium- and longer-term energy trends, including latest data and developments of relevance for energy security, the economy and the environment. The report will cover: oil, natural gas and renewables; energy efficiency; energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions; fossil-fuel and renewable energy subsidies; and universal access to modern energy services. WEO 2014 will also provide in-depth analyses on energy sector investment, Africa and nuclear power. The WEO Special Reports 'World Energy Investment Outlook' and 'Africa Energy Outlook' were released on 3 June and 13 October 2014, respectively.  

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FAO Launches Software for Forest Monitoring [viewed]

FAO10 October 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced the launch of Open Foris, a suite of open source software tools to monitor forest inventory. Piloted in ten countries, the tools allow for data entry on smart phones or tablets.

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UNEP, Partners Offset CBD COP 12 Emissions [viewed]

unep-cbd7 October 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), together with several partners, has launched an initiative aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). A dedicated ‘Carbon Offsetting Fund' will operate though 17 October, seeking to encourage conference participants, as well as the general public, to offset their emissions resulting from the event.

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European Forum Progresses on Regional Consensus for Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

UNISDR9 October 2014: The 5th European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR) has called for joint action to face the challenges of climate change, sustainable development and disaster risk reduction (DRR). Participants discussed the role of science, the use of national platforms to coordinate policy among different stakeholders, and the need for greater interaction with other international negotiations, particularly those on climate change.

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UNEP-WCMC Models Policy Scenarios for Land, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in East Africa [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc6 October 2014: A workshop by the UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and partners on scenario-guided policy analysis concluded that there is a need for increased integration between plans for agricultural development and environmental management. The workshop, which focused on the future of development, food security and the environment under climate change in East Africa, meant to identify important future policy questions for the region guided by research, and more specifically, modeling.

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UNFCCC Draws Lessons from Adaptation Planning Processes [viewed]

UNFCCC2 October 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a ‘Synthesis report on methods and tools for, and good practices and lessons learned relating to, adaptation planning processes addressing ecosystems, human settlements, water resources and health, and good practices and lessons learned related to processes and structures for linking national and local adaptation planning.'

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WMO Releases GCOS Programme Review [viewed]

GCOS WCRP logosOctober 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has announced a Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) programme review, which concludes that the GCOS programme is indispensable and should be continued. The report summarizes the main outcomes of the review, which was carried out by a Review Board, and recommends redrafting the GCOS Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to reflect recent developments and commitments by GCOS sponsors, such as the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).

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Event: Third Meeting of the Task Group on the Future Work of the IPCC [viewed]

The Third Meeting of the Task Group on the Future Work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will continue its work toward developing: options and recommendations for the Panel to consider on future IPCC products; an appropriate structure and modus operandi for producing these products; and ways to enhance the participation and contributions of developing countries in future work. This process is expected to be completed at IPCC 41 during the first half of 2015 when the Panel will have to agree on size, structure and composition of the next IPCC Bureau. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will consider the Synthesis Report of the Fifth Assessment Report in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 27-31 October 2014. The IPCC will approve the Summary for Policymakers and adopt the Synthesis Report.  

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Event: Colloquium on Seasonal Forecasting: Current Challenges and Potential Benefits for Decision Making in the Water Sector [viewed]

This colloquium aims to demonstrate the current state of seasonal forecasting, and will lay the groundwork and contribute to the development of guidelines for operational
 applications within the framework of the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Commission for Hydrology. Colloquium participants and presenters will include representatives of scientific organizations, water authorities, and national hydrological and meteorological services (NHMSs). In addition, operational water management bodies will provide an overview about the current skills and developments of meteorological seasonal forecasts, statistical methods in pre- and post-processing, and hydrology applications.

The colloquium is targeted towards the scientific community, water authorities, NHMSs, potential users in the water sector and engineers, and is being hosted by the German Federal Institute of Hydrology –Bundesanstalt für Gewässerkunde (BfG), the WMO and the IHP/HWRP Germany Secretariat.  

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