Science, Assessment & Monitoring

IPCC to Prepare Special Report on Extreme Events and Disasters [viewed]

23 April 2009: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will prepare a Special Report on managing the risks of extreme events and disasters to advance climate change adaptation, to be released during the second half of 2011. This decision was taken by the IPCC at its recent 30th session, which convened from 21-23 April 2009, in Antalya, Turkey.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Spain's GHG Inventory [viewed]

© UNFCCC24 April 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the individual review of the greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory submissions of Spain submitted in 2007 and 2008 (FCCC/ARR/2008/ESP). The expert review team (ERT) finds the inventory to be generally in line with the Revised 1996 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Guidelines, the IPCC good practice guidance and the IPCC good practice guidance for land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF).

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IPCC-30 Discusses the Scoping of the Fifth Assessment Report [viewed]

© L-R: Veysel Eroğlu, Minister of Environment and Forestry, Turkey, presents Rajendra Pachauri, IPCC Chair, with a gift.26 April 2009: The 30th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was held from 21-23 April 2009, in Antalya, Turkey, with approximately 320 participants in attendance. The Panel focused mainly on the scoping process for the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) with a view to providing guidance to climate change experts who will define the outline of the report during the scoping meeting scheduled to take place July 2009.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Denmark and Japan's GHG Inventories [viewed]

© UNFCCC15 April 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the individual review of the greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory submissions of Denmark and Japan submitted in 2007 and 2008 (FCCC/ARR/2008/DNK) and (FCCC/AAR/2008/JPN). The expert review team (ERT) finds both inventories to be generally in line with the Revised 1996 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Guidelines, the IPCC good practice guidance and the IPCC good practice guidance for land use, land-use change and Forestry (LULUCF).

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CBD Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change Opens in Helsinki [viewed]

© CBD18 April 2009: The second meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Biodiversity and Climate Change of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) opened on 18 April 2009, in Helsinki, Finland, and will continue until 22 April 2009.

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WMO Holds Symposium on Universal Thermal Climate Index [viewed]

© WMO16 April 2009: A symposium on the development of the Universal Thermal Climate Index (UTCI) was held from 15-16 April 2009, at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The event focused on findings and accomplishments of the EU Cooperation in Scientific and Technical Research (COST) Action 730 on UTCI.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Submissions on Examples of Methodologies and Tools for Increasing Economic Resilience [viewed]

© UNFCCC15 April 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a document (FCCC/SBSTA/2009/MISC.6) on examples of measures, methodologies and tools on increasing economic resilience to climate change and reducing reliance on vulnerable economic sectors, including through economic diversification.

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CPF Study Warns About Damage to Forests from Climate Change [viewed]

April 2009: The Global Forest Expert Panel of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), led by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), has released a report entitled “Adaptation of Forests and People to Climate Change – A Global Assessment Report.” The report presents current knowledge about the impacts of climate change on forests and people and options for adaptation.

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Conference to Synthesize Research on Human Security and Global Change [viewed]

© GECHSApril 2009: The Global Environmental Change and Human Security (GECHS) Project will hold its Synthesis Conference, “Human Security in an Era of Global Change,” from 22-24 June 2009, at the University of Oslo, Norway. The GECHS conference will synthesize the results of 10 years of research on the human security theme and gather researchers, policy makers and stakeholders from different fields to discuss interactions among various processes of change and their implications for human security.

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GCOS Releases Progress Report 2004-2008 [viewed]

© GCOSApril 2009: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Secretariat submitted the Progress Report on the Implementation of the GCOS in Support of the UNFCCC 2004-2008 to the UNFCCC Secretariat on 8 April 2009, in response to a request of the UNFCCC's Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) at its 23rd session held in 2005.

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