Science, Assessment & Monitoring

ESCAP and Japan Launch Satellite to Monitor Global GHG [viewed]

Satellite to Monitor Global Greenhouse Gases Launched Successfully

23 January 2009: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have launched a satellite to monitor greenhouse gases (GHG) from space. The GHG Observing Satellite “IBUKI” (or “GOSAT” in its English-language acronym) is the first satellite to observe GHG and monitor changes in the effects they cause.

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UNEP Reports on “Asian Brown Cloud” Study [viewed]

 New research shows that two thirds of soot pollution in South Asia comes from biomass combustion

23 January 2009: The UN Environment Programme has reported that a new study carried out by Indian and Swedish scientists shows that two-thirds of the soot particles contributing to the “Asian Brown Cloud,” which has a large effect on South Asia's climate, are caused by biomass combustion. The results of the study, which are presented in the latest issue of Science, suggest that the remainder of the soot comes from fossil fuel combustion. 

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Review of Three National GHG Inventories [viewed]

The UNFCCC Secretariat

January 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released reports of the individual review of the greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories of Australia, submitted in 2008, and of Italy and Romania, submitted in 2007 and 2008. The expert review team (ERT) finds that all the inventories have been prepared 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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WMO to Discuss Regional Satellite Centers on Climate Monitoring [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

January 2009: The Ninth Consultative Meeting of High-level Policy on Satellite Matters, organized by World Meteorological Organization (WMO), will take place from 23-24 January 2009, in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

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WMO Announces Planning Meeting for Student Research Campaign on Climate Change [viewed]

January 2009: The Scientific Planning Meeting for a Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Student Research Campaign on Climate Change will take place from 26-28 January 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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IPCC Chair Highlights the State of the World 2009 [viewed]

15 January 2009: In the foreword to the Worldwatch Institute's State of the World report 2009, which focuses on climate change and is sub-titled “Into a Warming World,” the Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Rajendra Pachauri, notes that the contents of the volume are based on the findings of the Panel's Fourth Assessment Report 2007.

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IPCC Announces Lead Author Meeting for the Special Report on Renewable Energy [viewed]

January 2009: The first Lead Author Meeting for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN) will be hosted by the Brazilian Government, and will convene from 26-30 January 2009, in São José dos Campos, São Paulo state, Brazil.

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IPCC Co-Organizes Workshop on Learning from the Fourth Assessment [viewed]

January 2009: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is co-organizing the international workshop “Future Climate Change Response Research: Learning from IPCC's Fourth Assessment,” which will be held from 21-23 January 2009, at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The event is organized jointly with the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP).

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WMO: Despite Cold Winter in Europe, the Major Trend is Warming [viewed]

Global warming continues, despite cold snap 9 January 2009: The Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Michel Jarraud, told journalists that, despite the current cold winter in Europe, the major trend remains one of warming.

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UNEP Champion of the Earth Prince Albert II Begins Antarctic Expedition [viewed]

 Prince Albert II Visits Antarctica to Assess the Effects of Global Warming 9 January 2009: Prince Albert II of Monaco has begun a month-long visit to Antarctica to assess the impact and raise awareness of climate change.

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