Science, Assessment & Monitoring

WMO International Fire Warning Workshop Convenes in Edmonton, Canada [viewed]

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July 2008: An International Workshop on Advances in Operational Weather Systems

for Fire Danger Rating, organized jointly by World Meteorological Organization

(WMO), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's Panel for Global Observation

of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD), and Natural Resources Canada's

Canadian Forest Service, in collaboration with a number of other co-sponsors, is

being held from 14-16 July 2008, in Edmonton, Canada.

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Regional Symposium on Climate Change, Food Security, Sea Level Rise and Environment in South Asia to Convene in Dhaka, Bangladesh [viewed]

International Symposium on Climate Change<br /> and Food Security in South Asia

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July 2008: The Ohio State University, the World Meteorological Organization

(WMO), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Regional Office for

Asia and the Pacific, and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and

Pacific (ESCAP), in collaboration with a number of agencies, are organizing the

Regional Symposium on Climate Change, Food Security, Sea Level Rise and

Environment in South Asia in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 25-29 August 2008.

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Documents for IPCC29 Posted [viewed]

IPCC, Twenty-Ninth Session, Geneva, Switzerland, 31 August - 4 September 2008 11 July 2008: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate

Change (IPCC) posted on its website a provisional annotated agenda for its twenty-ninth

Session, taking place from 31 August to 4 September 2008, in Geneva,

Switzerland. The Session will mark the twentieth anniversary of the IPCC.

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WMO Executive Council Addresses Climate Adaptation [viewed]

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June 2008: The Executive Council of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO),

during its annual session held in Geneva from 18-27 June 2008, agreed on ways

of improving climate, weather, water and environmental predictions and further

advancing global observing systems.

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WMO Confers Awards and Prizes [viewed]

The President of WMO, Mme Guiard-Gerbier, Drs Yeshanew and Jury, the winners of the 2008 Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award (front row, left to right), with the Permanent Representative of France with WMO, the Secretary-General, the Ambassador of Ethiopia, and the Assistant Secretary-General (back row). Credit: WMO

26 June 2008: During its sixtieth Session, which took

place from 18-27 June 2008, the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO)

Executive Council conferred the fifty-third IMO Prize, the Organization's most

prestigious award, to Qin Dahe (China) for his scientific research and for

promoting international cooperation in meteorology.

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FAO Scientific Symposium: Climate Change Will Have Strong Impact on Fisheries [viewed]

Fishing communities in the developing world are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Photo credit: FAO 10 July 2008: The International Symposium on Coping with Global Change in

Marine Social-Ecological Systems took place from 8-11 July 2008, in Rome, Italy. The Symposium,

organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Global

Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics and the European Network of Excellence for Oceans Ecosystem

Analysis, brought together over 200 experts and policymakers from around

the globe to share experiences

and identify key next steps to promote resilience of marine social-ecological systems.

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European Investment Bank Presents New Climate Change Study [viewed]

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1 July 2008: Philippe de

Fontaine Vive, European Investment Bank (EIB) Vice-President, has presented the results of a study on climate change in the

Mediterranean and its consequences on the development of Maghreb and Machreq

countries.

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UNITAR Organizes Workshop on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

5 July 2008: The Workshop on Biodiversity and Climate Change took place from 29 June to 4 July 2008, in Kushiro, Japan. It was co-organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Kushiro International Wetland Centre, in partnership with the Japan-UNDP Partnership Fund and the Secretariats of the Ramsar Convention and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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Climate Forecast [viewed]

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By Richard Sherman and Peter Doran, IISDRS

While the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

(UNFCCC) process is the official ‘home' for climate policy

negotiations, the road to Copenhagen will increasingly witness the

acceleration of initiatives across the United Nations system and the

intergovernmental sphere. System-wide initiatives on climate change

reflect a commitment across the UN family to support the UN

Secretary-General's commitment to play a leadership role in supporting

the international community's current efforts to address climate

change, using the Bali Action Plan and Roadmap, and to ensure that all

parts of the UN contribute to a solution.

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European Project on Ocean Acidification Launched [viewed]

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10 June 2008: The

European Project on Ocean Acidification (EPOCA) was launched on 10 June 2008.

This EU research project is a consortium of over 100 scientists from 27

organizations in nine countries to address ocean acidification. Its goal is to

document ocean acidification, investigate its impact on biological processes,

predict its consequences for the next 100 years, and advise policy-makers on

potential thresholds or tipping points that should not be exceeded.

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