Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Third Global Biodiversity Outlook Highlights the Linked Challenges of Biodiversity Loss and Climate Change [viewed]

10 May 2010: The third edition of Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-3), a major assessment of the current state of biodiversity and the implications of its continued loss for human well-being, has been launched. The report notes that the linked challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change must be addressed with equal priority and in close coordination, if the most severe impacts of each are to be avoided.

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Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels Releases Sustainability Standards [viewed]

7 May 2010: The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) has released its complete set of biofuels sustainability standards. The numerous standards compiled in this database range from a technical draft for EU market access to standards approved for pilot testing on: chains of custody; certification and accreditation bodies; and application of rules to specific conditions.

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Event: 62nd Session of the WMO Executive Council [viewed]

The Executive Council is the executive body of the WMO, which meets annually, implements decisions of Congress, coordinates the programmes, considers and takes action on recommendations of regional associations and technical commissions and guides their work programme, provides technical information, and takes action on matters affecting international meteorology and related activities.  

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UNFCCC Publishes Technical Paper on QELROs [viewed]

5 May 2010: The UNFCCC has published a technical paper (FCCC/TP/2010/2) on issues relating to the transformation of pledges for emission reductions into quantified emission limitation and reduction objectives (QELROs).

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UNFCCC Publishes Information on Fifth National Communications [viewed]

4 May 2010: The UNFCCC has published a note (FCCC/SBI/2010/INF.1) on the status of submission and review of fifth national communications.

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AfDB Supports African Climate Change Institutions [viewed]

4 May 2010: The African Development Bank (AfDB) launched a project to support climate institutions in Africa from 2010-2012, for an estimated total of US$37 million.

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EC launches Soil Atlas of the Northern Circumpolar Region [viewed]

4 May 2010: The European Commission (EC) has launched a Soil Atlas of the Northern Circumpolar Region, the first compilation of all available information on the soils above the latitude of 50° N as a carbon pool.

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ADB Seminar Discusses Financing Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

2 May 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) held a seminar on "Financing Climate Change and Sustainable Development Action in Asia and the Pacific" during its Annual Meeting, held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on 2-4 May 2010.

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Fourth GEF Assembly Documents Identify Climate Tipping Points [viewed]

May 2010: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has published documents for the Fourth GEF Assembly, including a report of its Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), which highlights that climate change is "even more dangerous than previously expected" and identifies a series of climate change tipping points (GEF/A.4/3).

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CGIAR and Earth System Science Partnership Launch Challenge Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security [viewed]

4 May 2010: The Alliance of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Centers and the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP) launched the Challenge Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) at a meeting on 4 May 2010, at the World Agroforestry Center in Nairobi, Kenya.

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