Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNECE Pollutants Protocol Enters into Force [viewed]

6 October 2009: A legally binding instrument on pollutant release and transfer registers will enter into force on 8 October 2009, and help identify, among others, emitters of certain greenhouse gases across Europe.

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UNCCD COP 9 Identifies Indicators for Monitoring and Assessing the Extent of Desertification, Drought and Land Degradation [viewed]

© ENB3 October 2009: Among the 36 decisions adopted before the final gavel came down at 7:50 am on Saturday, 3 October, at the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), was a decision that identifies two indicators – the proportion of the population in affected areas living above the poverty line and land cover status – as the minimum subset of impact indicators required for reporting by affected countries beginning in 2012, along with additional, optional impact indicators.

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UN Secretary-General Warns Collective Action on Climate Change Necessary to Avoid Catastrophe [viewed]

© UN1 October 2009: Speaking at Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that “if ever there were a time to act in a spirit of renewed multilateralism ... it is now.”

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IPCC Posts New Documents for 31st Session [viewed]

© IPCC October 2009: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has posted several new documents for its 31st session and sessions of the Panel's Working Groups, which will take place from 26-29 October 2009, in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia.

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World Bank Estimates Costs of Adaptation [viewed]

© The World Bank30 September 2009: The World Bank has presented the results of an Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change (EACC) study, which estimates costs of adaptation to climate change in developing countries will be in the order of US$75-100 billion per year for the period 2010-2050, considering a 2°C warmer world.

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IPCC Posts Documents for 31st Session [viewed]

© IPCCSeptember 2009: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has posted several new documents for its 31st session and sessions of the Panel's Working Groups, which will take place from 26-29 October 2009, in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia.

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UNECE and FAO Assess Wood Energy Consumption Increase [viewed]

© UNECE25 September 2009: Growing wood energy consumption linked to efforts to mitigate climate change is increasing the likelihood of severe competition for wood on traditional forest products markets. There is therefore a need to establish realistic targets for renewable energy sources, balancing traditional wood processing industry needs with growing energy needs, taking into account the sustainable availability of woody biomass in all its various forms, in the short, medium and long term.

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UNEP Releases 2009 Climate Change Compendium [viewed]

© UNEP24 September 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report entitled “Climate Change Science Compendium 2009.” The report, compiled in association with scientists around the world, reviews some 400 major scientific contributions to our understanding of Earth Systems and climate change that have been released through peer-reviewed literature, or from research institutions, over the last three years.

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IAEA Roundtable Highlights Nuclear Applications for Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change [viewed]

24 September 2009: A roundtable convened during the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) General Conference received a comprehensive presentation of the Agency's work to help Member States reduce, mitigate and adapt to climate change.

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CDM Methodologies Panel Report Released [viewed]

© UNFCCC24 September 2009: The report of the 40th meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Methodologies Panel (Meth Panel) has been released and is now available on the CDM website.

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