Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Scientific Congress Delivers Preliminary Conclusions on the Latest Science of Climate Change Since IPCC's Last Assessment Report [viewed]

12 March 2009: The international scientific congress titled “Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions” took place from 10-12 March 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark, and was organized by the International Alliance of Research Universities and attended by over 2,000 participants from around 80 countries. The main aim of the congress was to provide a summary of existing scientific knowledge two years after the Fourth Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was released and in the run-up to the UNFCCC conference in Copenhagen in December 2009. The preliminary conclusions of the Congress contain six messages concerning: climatic trends, social disruption, long-term strategy, equity dimensions, consequences of inaction, and meeting the challenge.

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ECLAC Presents Climate Change Reports [viewed]

ECLAC Presents Climate Change Reports

10 March 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has launched a report titled “Climate Change and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Review.” The report was released during a seminar on “Climate Change: The Challenges for Growth in Chile and Latin America,” which took place on 11 March 2009, in Santiago, Chile. The report concludes that Latin America and the Caribbean may suffer more impacts of climate change than other regions because of the number of island States present in the region, low coastal areas and prevalence of hurricanes. Considering greenhouse gas emissions in the region are relatively low (11.7% of global emissions in 2000) the authors recommend authorities to focus on adaptation.

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Scientific Congress Discusses Latest Updates to the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report [viewed]

Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions

10 March 2009: An international scientific congress titled “Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions,” organized by the International Alliance of Research Universities, began on 10 March and will run until 12 March 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark. The congress is being hosted by the University of Copenhagen and attended by over 2,000 participants from around 80 countries.

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IPCC Co-organizes Workshop on Science Relevant to Fifth Assessment Report [viewed]

5 March 2009: A workshop on New Science Directions and Activities Relevant to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) took place from 3-6 March 2009, in Honolulu, Hawaii, US. The workshop was jointly organized by the IPCC, World Climate Research Programme and International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, and attended by over 150 leading scientists.

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Report on Arctic Ocean Observing System 2008 Released [viewed]

Integrated Arctic Ocean Observing System (iAOOS)

March 2009: A report of the integrated Arctic Ocean Observing System (iAOOS) for 2008 has been prepared by the Arctic Ocean Sciences Board, one of the two supporting organizations of the system.

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EC Releases Report on Soils' Role in Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

Review of existing information on the interrelations between soil and climate change (CLIMSOIL)

5 March 2009: The European Commission (EC) has released a report that underlines the role that soils can play in mitigating climate change.

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IPCC Chair Calls for Strong Leadership at Climate Change Summit in South Africa [viewed]

IPCC Chair Calls for Strong Leadership at Climate Change Summit in South Africa

4 March 2009: In his address to the National Climate Change Response Policy Development Summit in South Africa, Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), expressed concern with the slow international response to mitigate climate change. The Summit is taking place from 3-6 March 2009, in Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa.

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UNFCCC Secretariat to Organize Technical Workshop under the Nairobi Work Programme [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat is organizing a Technical Workshop on Integrating Practices, Tools and Systems for Climate Risk Assessment and Management and Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies into National Policies and Programmes from 10-12 March 2009, in Havana, Cuba. 

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UNFCCC Secretatriat Releases Review of Austria's National GHG Inventory [viewed]

March 2009: The UNFCCC has released the report of the individual review of the GHG inventory of Austria submitted in 2007 and 2008 (FCCC/ARR/2008/AUT). The expert review team (ERT) finds that Austria has submitted a complete set of common reporting format tables for 1990-2006 and a national inventory report. The submission is complete in terms of geographical coverage, years and sectors, as well as in terms of categories and gases. The inventory is generally in line with Revised 1996 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, with the IPCC good practice guidance, with the IPCC good practice guidance for Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF), and is generally complete and of a high quality.

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GEF-STAP to Hold Workshop on Climate Change Science and Technology Advice [viewed]

Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF)

March 2009: The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) will hold a workshop on Climate Change Science and Technology Advice for the GEF Fifth Replenishment (GEF5) on 30 March 2009, in Washington, DC, US. The objective of the workshop is to develop scientific and technical guidance for GEF5 programming on climate mitigation policies and technologies to respond effectively to recent scientific, technical and policy evidence.

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