Science, Assessment & Monitoring

EEA, EC Launch Climate-ADAPT Website [viewed]

23 March 2012: The European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA) have launched the Climate-ADAPT website to provide information to policy makers, engineers, planners and administrators about impacts, vulnerability and climate change adaptation in Europe.

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World Meteorological Day Recognizes Weather, Climate and Water Knowledge [viewed]

23 March 2012: The 2012 edition of World Meteorological Day was organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) around the theme "Powering our future with weather, climate and water." The Day commemorates the entry into force of the WMO Convention, which took place on 23 March 1950.

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UNCTAD and Partners Discuss Corporate Climate Change Reporting Beyond Rio+20 [viewed]

UNCTAD16 March 2012: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), in collaboration with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Climate Disclosure Standard Board (CDSB) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), organized a workshop to discuss the challenges of developing a more consistent system of corporate climate change reporting that meets the needs of a green economy, one of the key issues to be addressed at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Event: UNGA-66 Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature [viewed]

Mandated by UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 66/204, this interactive dialogue aims to examine the scientific findings on the impacts of human activities on the functioning the Earth System. It will also explore how human activity has damaged the Earth System, especially by focusing on those areas where such damage has already affected the regenerative capacity of the planet. The dialogue is intended to promote an exchange of ideas and experiences from multiple perspectives, with particular attention to the contribution of science. It is expected to provide an accurate diagnosis of the negative impacts of human activity on the Earth System, and outline institutional responses to catalyze science for sustainable development.  

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ITTO, FAO Workshop Addresses Global Forest Reporting [viewed]

21 March 2012: The proceedings of a joint workshop organized by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), the Montreal Process, FOREST EUROPE, and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), to discuss streamlining of global forest reporting, have been released.

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GEF-Funded UNEP-WCMC Project Focuses on Conservation Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

20 March 2012: The University of Kent has announced that, together with the University of Durham, it is conducting research on mitigating the conservation impacts of climate change on protected areas in West Africa, as part of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) financed project, led by the UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).

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IDB Annual Meeting Presents New Low Carbon and Sustainable Energy Initiatives [viewed]

20 March 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Annual Meeting highlighted a series of projects to benchmark, map and disseminate low carbon initiatives in the region, to support sustainable cities, as well as to promote sustainable energy sources in Central America and the Caribbean.

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COMIFAC/CIFOR Reveals Doubling of Deforestation Rates in Congo Basin [viewed]

20 March 2012: The "Forests of the Congo Basin: State of the Forest 2010" report, developed by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) and other partners, highlights the drivers of deforestation that have contributed to a doubling of gross deforestation rates in the Congo Basin since 1990.

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UNESCO Announces Release of Surface Ocean Carbon Atlas [viewed]

UNESCO16 March 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural (UNESCO) has announced the launch of the Surface Ocean CO2 Atlas (SOCAT), which provides 40-year record of carbon dioxide accumulation in the surface ocean.

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SPC Assists Tonga in Adapting to Climate Change [viewed]

SPC16 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced that it is providing assistance to the Government of Tonga on adapting to climate change. The project, part of the Pacific Adaptation Strategy Assistance Program (PASAP), aims to assess the vulnerability and adaptation to sea level rise in Lifuka, Tonga.  

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