Science, Assessment & Monitoring

CDM Methodologies Panel Report Released [viewed]

© UNFCCC24 September 2009: The report of the 40th meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Methodologies Panel (Meth Panel) has been released and is now available on the CDM website.

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Nuclear Techniques to Tackle Global Warming and Improve Crop Productivity - IAEA [viewed]

Researchers assess greenhouse gas (nitrous oxide) emissions from no-till agriculture in Queensland, Australia - © Ram Dalal / University of Queensland23 September 2009: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has released a story on the importance of proper crop management for mitigating climate change, and the role nuclear technologies play in effective soil management.

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UN Summit on Climate Change Discusses Measures to Help the Most Vulnerable and Emission Reduction Targets [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon greets US President Barack Obama as he arrives for the Climate Change Summit - © UN22 September 2009: The UN Summit on Climate Change convened in New York, US, on 22 September 2009, bringing together approximately 100 Heads of State and government. At the close of the Summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced optimism that negotiations for a new climate agreement are on the “right track,” but also warned that momentum must be maintained to ensure success in Copenhagen.

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UNESCO's OceanObs'09 to Focus on Ocean Observation Methods [viewed]

© OceanObs'0917 September 2009: UNESCO's OceanObs'09 Conference, held from 21-25 September 2009, in Venice, Italy, will seek to take stock of the progress made over the last ten years, presenting scientific results based on global ocean observation, considering the related societal and economic benefits, examining the present frontiers of global ocean observations, and looking at the way ahead in the coming decade.

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IPCC WG Holds Expert and Lead Author Meetings on Renewable Energy [viewed]

L-R: The Special Report is developed under the responsibility of the Co-Chairs of the IPCC's Working Group III Youba Sokona, Ottmar Edenhofer, and Ramón Pichs Madruga - © IPCC WG III4 September 2009: Working Group (WG) III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) held the second lead author meeting for the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN) from 1-4 September 2009, in Oslo, Norway. The meeting was preceded by an expert meeting on Modeling Renewable Energies, held from 30-31 August 2009.

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WMO and ITU Hold Joint Seminar on Monitoring and Prediction of Weather, Water and Climate [viewed]

© WMO - ITU18 September 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) held their first joint seminar on “Use of Radio Spectrum for Meteorology: Weather, Water and Climate Monitoring and Prediction.” The seminar was held at WMO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, from 16-18 September 2009.

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Long-Term Mitigation May Cost 0.1% of Average Global Annual GDP Growth - OECD [viewed]

© OECD18 September 2009: A new book titled The Economics of Climate Change Mitigation: Policies and Options for Global Action Beyond 2012, launched by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), concludes that a full-fledged global carbon market would cost just one-tenth of a percent of average world annual GDP growth between 2012 and 2050 to achieve moderately ambitious climate targets. Put differently, this would mean a 4% reduction in GDP in 2050 compared to a scenario where no policy action is taken. Over the same period, world GDP growth is projected to grow by more than 250%.

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IPCC Member Appointed as UNEP's First Chief Scientist [viewed]

© IPCC16 September 2009: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has appointed environmental modelling and systems expert Joseph Alcamo as its first Chief Scientist.

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IPCC Posts Documents for 31st Session [viewed]

16 September 2009: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has posted several documents for its 31st session and sessions of the Panel's Working Groups (WGs), which will take place from 26-29 October 2009, in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia.

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World Bank's World Development Report Calls for Financial Assistance for Low Carbon Development [viewed]

© World Bank15 September 2009: The World Bank has launched “World Development Report 2010: Development and Climate Change.”

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