Science, Assessment & Monitoring

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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UN Secretary-General Calls for Rejecting Attempts by Climate Sceptics to Derail Negotiations [viewed]

24 February 2010: In a message to the 11th Special Session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), taking place in Bali, Indonesia, 24–26 February 2010, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Ministers of Environment and environment experts to reject the recent attempts by climate sceptics to derail negotiations by exaggerating shortcomings in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report.

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WMO Experts Issue Update on Impacts of Climate Change on Tropical Cyclones [viewed]

23 February 2010: The World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Expert Team on Climate Change Impacts on Tropical Cyclones has published a scientific paper in Nature Geoscience, updating its 2006 assessment on possible consequences of climate change on tropical cyclones.

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UNEP Information Note Urges More Ambitious Pledges to Keep Temperatures Below 2ºC by Mid-Century [viewed]

23 February 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a new greenhouse gas (GHG) modeling study it compiled, based on the estimates of researchers at nine leading centres. The study concludes that countries will have to make more ambitious GHG emission reduction pledges if global temperature rise is to be curbed at 2ºC or less.

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WMO's Commission for Climatology Discusses Action Plan for Improved Climate Services [viewed]

22 February 2010: The World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Commission for Climatology (CCI) is holding its 15th session in Antalya, Turkey, from 19-24 February 2010, to discuss an action plan for providing improved climate services to the global community.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Individual Review of Luxembourg's Annual Submission [viewed]

17 February 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the individual review of the annual submission of Luxembourg submitted in 2009 (FCCC/ARR/2009/LUX).

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