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12 January 2011: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report titled "Mapping the impacts of natural hazards and technological accidents in Europe," which analyzes impacts of three types of hazards: hydrometeorological or weather related, such as storms, extreme temperature events, forest fires, droughts and floods; geophysical, including snow avalanches, landslides, earthquakes and volcanoes; and technological, such as oil spills, industrial accidents and toxic spills from mining activities.
January 2011: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has appointed Gaetano Leone (Italy) as the new Deputy Secretary of the IPCC.
4 January 2010: The Ozone Secretariat has released a report of the Environmental Effects Assessment Panel, titled "Environmental Effects of Ozone Depletion and its Interactions with Climate Change: 2010 Assessment."
4 January 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2010/BLR) of the review of the annual inventory submission of Belarus.
The meeting will review progress on the current STAP work plan, identify new areas for work plan inclusion, and prepare for the May 2011 GEF Council meeting. With respect to current focal areas, it is likely the meeting will have a strong emphasis on climate change as well as adaptation and climate resilience.
20 December 2010: In a plenary session held on 20 December 2010, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the Report of its Second Committee on sustainable development (A/65/436), which includes draft resolutions on "Protection of global climate for present and future generations of humankind" and "International Strategy for Disaster Reduction."
17 December 2010: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) organized a technical workshop on impact indicator refinement from 16-17 December 2010, in Bonn, Germany.
December 2010: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a discussion paper describing the impacts of sustainable land management on soil carbon and the impacts of soil carbon on crop productivity.