Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UN-REDD and NORAD Call for Proposals on REDD [viewed]

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5 December 2008: The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) has opened a funding window for civil-society and non-governmental organizations involved in projects for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). The call is issued under UN-REDD, a collaborative initiative between the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN Development Programme and the UN Environment Programme. Support will be granted for two categories of projects: analysis, strategy and policy development for REDD; and demonstration projects on the ground that contribute to REDD in developing countries.

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GCOS Releases Report of the 16th Session of its Steering Committee [viewed]

December 2008: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) has released the report of the 16th session of its Steering Committee (SC), which convened in Geneva, Switzerland, from 14-17 October 2008, at World Meteorological Organization (WMO) headquarters.

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CBD Secretariat Issues Publication on the Use of Gap Analysis for Identifying Potential REDD Sites [viewed]

3 December 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has recently published material regarding the relevance of its Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA) gap analysis, which guides parties in identifying gaps in protected areas systems and in participation of indigenous and local communities, in relation to reducing emissions for deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).

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WMO International Polar Day to Focus on Research above the Polar Regions [viewed]

International Polar Day - Above The Poles

December 2008: The seventh quarterly International Polar Day, focusing on research above the Polar Regions, will be marked on 4 December 2008. The Day will include polar meteorology, atmospheric sciences, astronomy, and polar observations from space.

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WMO to Organize South American Workshop on Implementation of Climate Watch Systems [viewed]

December 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is organizing the First Workshop for South American Region on the Implementation of Climate Watch Systems, in Guayaquil, Ecuador, from 8-11 December 2008.

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WMO Releases Publication on the Impact of Aerosol Pollution on Precipitation [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization 26 November 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) will release, on 28 November 2008, a new international scientific review entitled “Aerosol Pollution Impact on Precipitation,” published jointly with the International Union for Geodesy and Geophysics. The book examines the state of scientific knowledge on the way air pollutants, particularly tiny particles called aerosols, affect global weather and climate patterns.

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WMO Releases Greenhouse Gas Bulletin 2007 [viewed]

The 2007 Greenhouse Gas Bulletin 25 November 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released the 2007 Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, which indicates that the trend of rising emissions of greenhouse gases continued during that year.

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FAO-Backed Research Project Indicates Africa Could Be a Significant Carbon Sink [viewed]

CarboAfrica project25 November 2008: According to research conducted by CarboAfrica, an international research consortium of 15 institutions from Africa and Europe that includes the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Africa could be absorbing more carbon from the atmosphere than it emits.

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WMO to Receive Real-Time Carbon Dioxide Data from Switzerland [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization 20 November 2008: A World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Global Atmosphere Watch programme will receive new data on carbon dioxide from a new laser device installed in Jungfraujoch, Switzerland.

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WMO Issues El Niño/La Niña Update [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization

21 November 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released an update on the current situation and outlook of El Niño/La Niña.

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