Science, Assessment & Monitoring

GEF-STAP to Hold Workshop on REDD, Forest Conservation and Sustainable Forest Management [viewed]

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

March 2009: The Global Environment Facility-Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (GEF-STAP) will hold a workshop on reducing emissions from  deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), forest conservation, and sustainable forest management on 31 March 2009, in Washington, DC, US. This workshop will constitute GEF-STAP's contribution to the GEF's fifth replenishment strategies for climate change, sustainable forest management, land degradation and biodiversity. 

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UNESCO to Organize Expert Meeting on Climate Change and Arctic Sustainable Development [viewed]

25 February 2009: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is organizing an international experts meeting on “Climate Change and Arctic Sustainable Development: scientific, social, cultural and educational challenges.” The meeting will convene from 3-6 March 2009, in Monaco.

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WMO Releases “State of Polar Research” [viewed]

25 February 2009: During a special ceremony at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the International Council for Science released a report titled “State of Polar Research,” which summarizes the results from the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008.

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IPCC Posts Documents for its 30th Session [viewed]

23 February 2009: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Secretariat has posted documents in preparation for its 30th session, which will take place from 21-23 April 2009, in Antalya, Turkey. The meeting will focus on the future of the IPCC, in particular the scoping of the Fifth Assessment Report.

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WMO Workshop Recommends Developing a Drought Index [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

19 February 2009: The International Workshop on Drought and Extreme Temperatures, organized jointly by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the China Meteorological Administration, took place from 16-17 February 2009, in Beijing, China. The workshop brought together over 40 scientists from climate and agricultural research institutes, universities and environmental monitoring organizations, and concluded with the adoption of several recommendations to cope with increasing droughts and extreme temperatures on agriculture, rangelands and forestry.

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African Monsoon Conference to Discuss Climate Change Issues [viewed]

African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses (AMMA)

February 2009: The African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses (AMMA) will hold its third International Conference from 20-24 July 2009, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. AMMA is endorsed by the World Climate Research Programme and International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, both co-sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization.

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IPCC Sets Dates for Fifth Assessment Scoping Meeting [viewed]

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

17 February 2009: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Secretariat is organizing a scoping meeting for its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) from 13-17 July 2009, in Venice, Italy.

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WMO-Sponsored New Radiosonde to Shed Light on Climate Change [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

9 February 2009: A new radiosonde will be developed under the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Reference Upper-air Network (GRUAN) to allow more accurate measurements of temperature and humidity trends in the atmosphere. GRUAN is being developed by GCOS, which is sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) jointly with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the UN Environment Programme and the International Council for Science.

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First Carbon-Free Polar Research Station to Contribute to WMO International Polar Year [viewed]

Princess Elisabeth station

17 February 2009: Belgium's Princess Elisabeth station in the eastern Antarctic has become the world's first carbon-free polar research station. It will contribute data to the programmes of the International Polar Year, a scientific endeavor organized by the International Council for Science and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

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UNEP Executive Director Links Mercury Pollution to Climate Change [viewed]

UNEP/GC.25

13 February 2009: UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner linked climate change and mercury pollution in an open editorial in the UK Guardian. The editorial was published prior to the 25th session of the UNEP Governing Council (UNEP GC-25), which is convening from 16-20 February 2009, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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