Science, Assessment & Monitoring

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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WMO Launches HelpDesk for Integrated Flood Management [viewed]

© WMO17 June 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), in cooperation with 20 partner institutions, launched the HelpDesk for Integrated Flood Management (IFM HelpDesk) during the Second Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which took place in Geneva, Switzerland.

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UNESCO's “On the Frontlines of Climate Change” Discusses Early Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

© UNESCO13 June 2009: “On the Frontlines of Climate Change,” an internet forum launched by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), has published an article on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD). The article, titled “The Drying of the Tana Delta, Kenya,” highlights perspectives from Kenya on early impacts of climate change.

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WMO Publishes June Issue of MeteoWorld [viewed]

© WMO15 June: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has published the June edition of its newsletter MeteoWorld, which reviews recent WMO activities, including progress in organizing World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3), which is scheduled to take place from 31 August-4 September 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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WMO to Bring Youth Messages to World Climate Conference-3 [viewed]

© WMO8 June 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), through the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, and the GLOBE Program (Global Learning Observations to Benefit the Environment) are inviting young people to create compelling, short messages on the topic: “Youth working to solve local problems through weather and climate research.” A selection of the messages submitted will be displayed at the third World Climate Conference (WCC-3), scheduled to take place from 31 August-4 September 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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UN Chief Executives Board Organizes Panel on Key Issues for REDD Implementation [viewed]

© UN-REDD9 June 2009: The UN Chief Executives Board (CEB) organized a panel, on the sidelines of the climate change talks being held in Bonn, Germany, to present UN-REDD, a collaborative initiative of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) that assists forested developing countries and the international community gain experience with REDD.

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OECD Environmental Review of Finland Recommends GHG Emissions Reductions [viewed]

© OECD5 June 2009: The Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published an “Environmental Performance Review of Finland,” which notes that in 2006 Finland's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions had increased by 13% compared to 1990 levels, well above the country's Kyoto commitment of 0%.

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