Science, Assessment & Monitoring

IPCC Releases 29th Session Draft Report [viewed]

29 January 2009: The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has prepared a draft report of the Panel's 29th session, which took place from 31 August to 4 September 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland. 

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IPCC Task Group Issues Call for Nominations [viewed]

29 January 2009: The Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impact and Climate Analysis (TGICA) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a call for nominations for the Fifth Assessment.

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World Bank and GEF-supported REDD Programme to Hold Two Technical Workshops [viewed]

January 2009: The Capacity Development for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (CD REDD) programme, will feature two technical workshops in the upcoming months to enhance the development of national greenhouse gas inventories and forest monitoring systems.

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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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