Science, Assessment & Monitoring

IPCC Chair Addresses AR5 Scoping Meeting [viewed]

13 July 2009: In an speech delivered at the opening ceremony of the Scoping Meeting for the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is taking place in Venice, Italy, from 13-17 July 2009, IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri said one could believe that “the finest hour of the IPCC came and went in 2007 and 2008, particularly with the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007” and the release of the Fourth Assessment Report, but he said “the finest hour is yet to come.”

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Norway's GHG Inventory [viewed]

10 July 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the individual review of the greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory submissions of Norway submitted in 2007 and 2008 (FCCC/ARR/2008/NOR).

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IPCC's Peace Scholarship Fund Opens for Donations [viewed]

© IPCC9 July 2009: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has announced, on its redesigned website, that the IPCC Peace Scholarship Fund is open for donations.

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The UK Develops a Climate and Development Knowledge Network [viewed]

© DFID3 July 2009: The UK Department for International Development (DFID) is developing a multi-million pound “Climate and Development Knowledge Network,” which will deliver an integrated set of knowledge management, research and advisory services on all aspects of climate change and development.

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UNFCCC Partners with Google and Denmark to Display GHG Emissions Data on Google Maps [viewed]

© UNFCCC7 July 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat is working with Google and the Danish Government, as the host of COP 15, to display official UNFCCC greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data for Annex I Parties using Google Maps.

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IPCC Posts Chair's Vision Paper for Scoping Meeting [viewed]

© IPCC6 July 2009: The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has posted a number of documents in preparation for the Scoping Meeting for the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), which will convene in Venice, Italy, from 13-17 July 2009.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses CARICOM [viewed]

2 July 2009: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his message to the 30th Heads of Government meeting of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), from 2-3 July 2009 in Georgetown, Guyana, announced he would soon launch a Global Vulnerability Alert System.

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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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