Science, Assessment & Monitoring

World Bank Publishes Report on Ecosystem-Based Approaches to Climate Change [viewed]

June 2009: The World Bank's Environment Department has published a report titled “Convenient Solutions to an Inconvenient Truth: Ecosystem-based Approaches to Climate Change,” which sets out an argument for including ecosystem-based approaches to mitigation and adaptation as a third and essential pillar in national strategies to address climate change.

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WMO Posts Media Kit for WCC-3 [viewed]

© WWC30 June 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has posted a media kit in preparation for the third World Climate Conference (WCC-3), to be held from 31 August-4 September 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland, which will seek to initiate a Global Framework for Climate Services to boost climate adaptation.

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GEF Approves US$61.1 Million Work Programme for Climate Change [viewed]

26 June 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, which met from 22-24 June 2009, in Washington DC, US, approved a work programme including 20 projects within the climate change focal area, mostly related to energy efficiency, assigning US$61.1 million in GEF grants in 23 countries.

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IPCC Posts Scoping Meeting Documents [viewed]

© IPCC June 2009: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released documents in advance of the scoping meeting for its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), scheduled to take place from 13-17 July 2009, in Venice, Italy.

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IWC Adopts Resolution on Climate and Other Environmental Changes and Cetaceans [viewed]

© IWC26 June 2009: At its 61st Annual Meeting, which took place from 22-26 June 2009, in Madeira, Portugal, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) adopted by consensus a resolution on Climate and Other Environmental Changes and Cetaceans, which had been submitted by the US and Norway.

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Global Humanitarian Forum Addresses Human Impact of Climate Change [viewed]

© Global Humanitarian Forum24 June 2009: The Global Humanitarian Forum took place from 23-24 June 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland, and was organized around the theme “Human Impact of Climate Change.”

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UN-REDD Programme Holds Second Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

© UN16 June 2009: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD Programme) held its second Policy Board Meeting from 14-15 June 2009, in Montreux, Switzerland.

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UNEP Highlights New Report on Climate Change Impacts in the US [viewed]

19 June 2009: According to a new report titled “Global Climate Change Impacts in the US,” there is evidence that patterns of erratic and often extreme weather conditions that have recently affected the US are attributable to climate change.

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Copenhagen Congress' Update to IPCC Fourth Assessment Report Published [viewed]

18 June 2009: A report synthesizing the newest research results on climate change, based on discussions and presentations made at the scientific congress “Climate change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions” held in Copenhagen, Denmark, in March 2009, was presented to the Prime Minister of Denmark, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, at the European Policy Centre in Brussels, Belgium.

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Global Humanitarian Forum and WMO Announce Initiative to Revolutionize Africa's Weather Monitoring Network [viewed]

© WMO18 June 2009: The Global Humanitarian Forum and its President, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, together with Ericsson, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), mobile telecommunications company Zain, and the Earth Institute at Columbia University have announced an initiative, dubbed “Weather Info for All,” which will seek to improve Africa's weather monitoring network in the face of the growing impact of climate change.

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