Science, Assessment & Monitoring

IPCC Adopts WGII Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report [viewed]

ipcc31 March 2014: The tenth Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II (WGII-10) and 38th Session of the IPCC (IPCC-38) endorsed the findings of the second part of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) addressing climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability.

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WWRP Launches Tool on Regional Ensemble Forecasts of High-Impact Weather [viewed]

wwrp28 March 2014: The World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has launched 'TIGGE-LAM,' a new tool that aims to improve regional ensemble forecasts of high-impact weather, thereby strengthening early warning and disaster prevention.

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UNFCCC Publishes Documents on Revised Guidelines for Annex I GHG Inventories Review [viewed]

UNFCCC25 March 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released two documents relating to the review of Annex I parties' greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories under the work programme on the revision of the guidelines for the review of Annex I parties' biennial reports and national communications, including national inventories.

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Event: The Future of Food Security and Climate Change in Viet Nam, Malawi and Zambia [viewed]

This online discussion, titled 'The Future of Food Security and Climate Change in Viet Nam, Malawi and Zambia: scenarios, outlooks and challenges in the next 30 years,' is being convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN), to explore the relationships between climate change adaptation, climate change mitigation and food security in Viet Nam, Malawi and Zambia. The discussion aims at exploring the current, foreseeable and likely relationships between climate change adaptation, climate change mitigation and food security in the three countries, and has been set up by FAO's Economics and Policy Innovations for Climate-Smart Agriculture (EPIC) programme in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and with support from the European Commission.  

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Regional Climate Centre for Caribbean Launched [viewed]

WMOusaid27 March 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), with funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), launched a Regional Climate Centre (RCC) for the Caribbean aimed at helping the Eastern Caribbean improve its ability to understand and predict current and future climate-related issues and build capacity for adaptation.

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North-East Asia Experts Discuss Disaster Loss [viewed]

UNISDR UNESCAP26 March 2014: Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) authorities, gathering at the Expert Meeting on Disaster Loss and DRR Technology Sharing for North-East Asia, highlighted disaster management advances in the region under the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) and underscored their resolve for further improvement.

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WHO Estimates One in Eight Deaths Relates to Air Pollution [viewed]

WHO25 March 2014: The World Health Organization (WHO) has released an updated set of estimates on the burden of disease from air pollution. The data show that the combined effects of household and ambient air pollution were responsible for seven million deaths worldwide in 2012.

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Event: MRV GHG Emissions Under Existing and Developing Carbon Pricing Mechanisms [viewed]

The World Bank's Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR) and the Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community (Climate-KIC) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) are hosting a conference titled 'Monitoring, Reporting and Verifying GHG Emissions under Existing and Developing Carbon Pricing Mechanisms'. Taking place between the Carbon Expo 2014 and the June meeting of the UNFCCC's Subsidiary Bodies, the event will present analysis of sub-national, national, and sector-based greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting frameworks. Questions to be addressed include: what are the costs associated with MRV requirements; are there incentives to reduce uncertainty; is there a trade-off between uncertainty and costs for reporting entities; and how can MRV procedures be improved. Presenters will also consider how to create a "credible, consistent and compatible MRV infrastructure across the world to support global mitigation action".  

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WMO Confirms 2013 as Sixth Warmest Year on Record [viewed]

WMO24 March 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released its annual climate statement, which confirms that 2013 tied with 2007 as the sixth warmest on record, continuing the long-term global warming trend, and highlights that 13 of the 14 warmest years on record have all occurred in the 21st century.

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WMO Engages Youth on World Meteorological Day [viewed]

WMO23 March 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) celebrated World Meteorological Day on 23 March, under the theme 'Weather and Climate: Engaging Youth.' During an official ceremony held to mark the Day in Geneva, Switzerland, WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud called on youth to use their "innovative spirit, fresh insights, and courage" to tackle climate change.

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