Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Climate Change will Aggravate Africa's Food Insecurity and Poverty [viewed]

Josue_dioneCalling for a new business approach to African agriculture, the UN Economic Commission for Africa's (UNECA) Director of Food Security and Sustainable Development, Josue Dione, said in Addis Ababa that climate change would aggravate the continent's food insecurity and poverty. In a paper presented at the international conference on “Science with Africa,” Dione said Africa would experience a 10 percent decrease in rainfall in Southern Africa and the Horn of Africa by 2050.

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IPCC Posts Agenda, Other Details of Next Session [viewed]

Rajendra_pachauriThe Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Secretariat has posted the draft agenda and other details on its website for its upcoming 28th session. In letters addressed to IPCC focal points and to relevant organizations, dated 5 February 2008, IPCC Secretary Renate Christ, on behalf of IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri, provides details of the venue and focus of the session, which is scheduled for 9-10 April 2008, in Budapest, Hungary.

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UNESCO to Launch International Year of Planet Earth [viewed]

Logostart_2 Koïchiro Matsuura, UNESCO's Director-General, will officially launch the International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE) during ceremonies on 12-13 February 2008 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.

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UNESCO Appoints New Chair of Desert Studies [viewed]

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Special Edition of Nature on the International Year of Planet Earth [viewed]

Cover_2A January supplement to Nature Journal celebrates the International Year of Planet Earth and explores recent developments and future directions in the Earth sciences.

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Delivering as One in Space-related Activities [viewed]

Rtemagicc_othman_jpgDelivering as one in space-related activities was one of the main issues discussed during the 28th session of the United Nations Inter-Agency Meeting on Outer Space Activities, held from 16-18 January 2008 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

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WMO Develops New Global Satellite Strategy to Monitor Climate Change [viewed]

World_meteorological_organizationThe World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is developing a new vision for using dozens of satellites to monitor climate change and weather.

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Earth Observation Summit Endorses 10-Year Implementation Plan Establishing Global System of Systems [viewed]

February 205: Governments have endorsed a 10-year implementation plan for the development of a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).

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