Science, Assessment & Monitoring

WMO Commission for Climatology Agrees on Future Strategy to Improve Climate Information and Services [viewed]

1 March 2010: Over 150 participants representing 88 countries and three international organizations met at the 15th session of the Commission for Climatology of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Antalya, Turkey, from 19-24 February 2010, and agreed on a future strategy to provide improved climate information and services.

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International Experts Address Climate Change and Related Societal Demands at WMO Conference [viewed]

25 February 2010: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), jointly with the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the Turkish State Meteorological Service, convened a Technical Conference on Changing Climate and Demands for Climate Services for Sustainable Development from 16-18 February 2010, in Antalya, Turkey. More than 150 scientists from over 80 countries discussed the potential of current and future climate services in supporting governments, communities and businesses to cope with climate variability and change, and reduce related societal vulnerabilities. The event concluded with a special one-day joint session of the WMO's Commission for Climatology with the Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Individual Review of the Annual Submissions of Canada and Croatia [viewed]

1 March 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the individual review of the annual submissions that Canada and Croatia submitted in 2009.

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WHO Publishes Fact Sheet on Climate Change and Health [viewed]

January 2010: The World Health Organization (WHO) published its Fact Sheet N°266 on “Climate change and health,” which includes sections on: the impact of climate change on health; extreme heat; natural disasters and variable rainfall patterns; patterns of infection; measuring health effects; sectors of the population at risk; and the WHO response.

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FAO Releases Ex-ante Carbon Accounting Tool for Agriculture and Forestry [viewed]

16 February 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released EX-ACT (EX-ante Appraisal Carbon-balance Tool), a land-based accounting tool that provides ex-ante measurements of the impacts of agriculture and forestry projects on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and carbon sequestration.

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Event: WCRP Open Science Conference [viewed]

The World Climate Research Programme's conference will gather the international scientific community working to advance understanding and prediction of variability and change of the Earth's physical climate system on all space and time scales. The Programme is sponsored by the International Council for Science, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  

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IPCC Chair Issues Statement on Establishment of Independent Committee to Review IPCC Procedures [viewed]

27 February 2010: Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has issued a statement on the establishment of an independent committee to review IPCC Procedures.

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WMO's High-Level Task Force for Climate Services Starts Work and Selects Co-Chairs [viewed]

26 February 2010: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) High-Level Taskforce for Climate Services, which was mandated by the third World Climate Conference to elaborate a Global Framework for Climate Services, held its first meeting from 25-26 February 2010, at WMO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

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World Climate Research Programme and WMO Address Global Framework for Climate Services [viewed]

19 February 2010: The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), which is sponsored by the International Council for Science, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) convened their annual Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) meeting in Antalya, Turkey, from 15-19 February 2010. The meeting addressed the Programme's long-term strategy and the role of WCRP research in the Global Framework for Climate Services, established by the third World Climate Conference held in September 2009.

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Ramsar Secretariat and World Bank to Collaborate on Climate Change Projects in Wetlands [viewed]

16 February 2010: Anada Tiéga, Ramsar Secretary General, and Hartwig Schafer, Acting Vice President, Sustainable Development Network, World Bank, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that aims to “establish a framework of cooperation between Ramsar and the World Bank in exchange of technical expertise and capacity building related to the development and implementation of climate change projects in wetlands in the context of the World Bank-financed climate change portfolio.”

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