Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNEP Releases Report on Ecosystem Restoration [viewed]

3 June 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a new report titled "Dead Planet, Living Planet: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Restoration for Sustainable Development." The report highlights that the repair of forests, lakes and other types of nature reserves that have been damaged or depleted can generate wealth, create jobs, sequester carbon and alleviate poverty.

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Report on Impacts of Consumption and Production Released [viewed]

2 June 2010: The International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management, hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), has released a report titled "Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Consumption and Production - Priority Products and Materials."

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WHO Publishes Interview on Climate Change and Health [viewed]

June 2010: The latest issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO) features an interview with oceanographer and geologist Colin Summerhayes, titled "Climate change: a creeping catastrophe," which explores the expected consequences of climate change on human health.

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EEA Publishes Data on EU GHG Emissions [viewed]

2 June 2010: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published the latest EU inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The inventory indicates that emissions fell significantly in 2008  for the fifth consecutive year.

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UNFCCC Publishes Workshop Report on Reporting Guidelines [viewed]

30 May 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a workshop report on issues relating to the revision of the UNFCCC Annex I reporting guidelines (FCCC/SBSTA/2010/INF.5).

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UNFCCC Releases Brazil's Views on CCS [viewed]

31 May 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submission from Brazil(FCCC/SBSTA/2010/MISC.2/Add.1) containing its views related to carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) in geological formations as a possible mitigation technology.

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CDM Executive Board Opens Call for Public Inputs [viewed]

28 May 2010: The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has launched a call for public inputs on the specific aspects of a methodology framework for estimating greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions from replacing fuel-based lighting with LED Systems.

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World Bank and GEF Support Agriculture Adaptation in Yemen [viewed]

27 May 2010: The World Bank has approved a US$5 million project to support efforts by the Government of Yemen to enhance capacity and awareness for government agencies to respond to climate variability and change, and to better equip local communities to cope with climate change through the conservation and use of agro-biodiversity.

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Experts Discuss REDD+ Governance Safeguards [viewed]

27 May 2010: The UN-REDD Programme, Chatham House and other forest governance experts met in London, UK, from 24-25 May 2010, to discuss how to monitor governance safeguards in the implementation of a mechanism to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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Arctic Biodiversity Assessment Highlights Rapid Changes for Arctic Flora and Fauna [viewed]

27 May 2010: A new report synthesizing scientific findings on the status and trends for selected biodiversity in the Arctic indicates that unique Arctic habitats for flora and fauna, including sea ice, tundra, lakes and peatlands, have been disappearing over recent decades, and some characteristic Arctic species have shown a decline. Changes in Arctic biodiversity have global repercussions and are further creating challenges for people living in the Arctic.

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