Science, Assessment & Monitoring

World Bank Assesses Impacts of Climate Change on Coastal Wetlands [viewed]

World Bank1 March 2013: The World Bank has released a study titled "Sea-level rise and coastal wetlands: impacts and costs," which warns that a one-meter rise in sea levels from climate change could destroy over 60% of the developing world's coastal wetlands currently found at one meter or less elevation.  This scenario could provoke economic losses of around $630 million per year.

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CIFOR-Backed Study Assesses Carbon Stocks of Tropical Coastal Wetlands in the Mexican Caribbean [viewed]

14 February 2013: A paper appearing in the open-access journal PLOS ONE presents the first whole-ecosystem analysis of carbon stocks of different kinds of coastal wetlands in a tropical karstic zone. The analysis of “Carbon Stocks of Tropical Coastal Wetlands within the Karstic Landscape of the Mexican Caribbean” estimates that 43.2-58.0 million tons of carbon are stored across 172,176 hectares of coastal wetlands in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (SKBR) of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula.

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IMO Expert Workshop Considers Updating GHG Inventory for Shipping [viewed]

IMO5 March 2013: An International Maritime Organization (IMO) Expert Workshop recently considered the scope, methodology and assumptions for an update to the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions estimate for international shipping. 

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Ramsar STRP Agrees on Draft Work Plan for 2013-2015 [viewed]

1 March 2013: The newly-appointed Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) held its 17th meeting (STRP 17) from 25 February-1 March 2013, in Gland, Switzerland, during which members established a draft work plan for the 2013-2015 triennium.

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WRI, ICLEI, C40 Invite Cities to Pilot New GHG Inventory Protocol [viewed]

5 March 2013: Cities around the world have been invited to pilot test the new “Global Protocol for Community-Scale GHG Emissions (GPC),” which aims to establish a single, accepted, consistent and comprehensive global framework for preparing and reporting city greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories.

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World Bank Promotes Geothermal Energy Expansion in Developing Countries [viewed]

World Bank6 March 2013: The World Bank has called on multilateral banks, governments, donors and business stakeholders to join the nascent Global Geothermal Development Plan (GGDP), which envisages fostering geothermal energy that is, at present, underutilized.

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CGIAR Highlights Tools that Improve Farming Responses to Drought [viewed]

6 March 2013: In the context of the upcoming High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 11-15 March 2013, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is highlighting a collection of tools and outputs of its research centers that are contributing to more effective responses to drought.

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GCOS Meeting Identifies Climate Observations Needs of Adaptation Activities [viewed]

6 March 2013: A GCOS meeting took place recently in Offenbach, Germany, gathering experts to determine the kinds of climate observations needed for implementing climate adaptation activities. The German Meteorological Service (Deutscher Wetterdienst, DWD) hosted the gathering, which was jointly organized by the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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ADB Releases Study on Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in South Asia [viewed]

ADB6 March 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report on the costs of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in South Asia, titled “Economics of Reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions in South Asia: Options and Costs.”

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FAOSTAT Expands to Include Greenhouse Gas Data [viewed]

FAOMarch 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has expanded the services offered by the FAOSTAT information platform to include a domain on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as FAO expands its agri-environmental indicators to help countries identify, assess and report on environmental statistics.

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