Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Bioversity International Receives Grant to Test Farming Approach to Combat Climate Change [viewed]

usaid-bioversity10 December 2014: Bioversity International has announced the receipt of a US$1 million grant by the Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) program at USAID to crowdsource crop improvement to combat climate change for smallholder farmers in Central America.

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Austrian Panel on Climate Change Presents 2014 Assessment Report [viewed]

limacop2010 December 2014: The 'Austrian Assessment Report 2014' of the Austrian Panel on Climate Change (APCC) was presented at a side event at the Lima Climate Change Conference. The report provides an overview of research on climate change in Austria. Participants heard high-level statements and presentations on the findings and potential actions stemming from the report.

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FAO Infographic Reveals Growing Agriculture and Livestock Emissions [viewed]

FAO9 December 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) published a factsheet on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU), which highlights global emissions of about 10 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. These emissions are not offset by the two billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent removed from the atmosphere by forests and land, according to the infographic.

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UNEP Launches 1 Gigaton Coalition for Renewables and Energy Efficiency [viewed]

UNEP10 December 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), with support from the Government of Norway, launched a coalition to promote the expansion of renewable energy and energy efficiency in climate change mitigation efforts. The ‘1 Gigaton Coalition' is so named because it is believed that emission reductions from renewable energy and energy efficiency efforts could deliver annual savings of 1 gigaton of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per year by 2020.

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IEA Releases 2014 Insights on Energy, Climate Change and Environment [viewed]

IEA10 December 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) addresses the interconnections between climate change policies and the global energy sector in its report 'Energy, Climate Change and Environment: 2014 Insights.' The report presents: ways to retire high-emission assets, such as coal plants; important lessons for designing an emissions trading system (ETS); examples of co-managing air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; and trends in energy metrics.

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CCAC Event Reviews SLCP Mitigation Progress [viewed]

limacop209 December 2014: Participants discussed black-carbon emissions at a side event on 'Reducing Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) with a Focus on the Brick Production Sector and on Emissions from Heavy Duty Diesel Vehicles.' The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Secretariat, the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Ev-K2-CNR Committee and Swisscontact organized the event on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference.

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COP 20 Event Highlights MAPS Experience in Latin America [viewed]

limacop209 December 2014: On the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference, the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Government of Switzerland organized an event on the experiences of the four Latin American countries participating in the Mitigation Action Plans and Scenarios (MAPS) South-South collaboration. 'Innovation in the Development of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs): The MAPS Experience,' highlighted the experiences of Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru and emphasized the role of research in guiding decision making.

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Ecuador Preparing National Communication, BUR to UNFCCC [viewed]

Ecuador10 December 2014: Ecuador is preparing its second national communication and its first biennial update report (BUR) to the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC, which will update and enhance information on its national circumstances, greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, climate change mitigation, vulnerability to climate change and steps taken to adapt to climate change.

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UNECE Releases Recommendations on Climate Change-Related Statistics [viewed]

UNECEDecember 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published a report, titled 'Recommendations on Climate Change-Related Statistics,' which focuses on improving the official statistics used to analyze climate change, its causes and impacts. The publication promotes the use of climate change-related information generated by national statistical offices (NSOs) among official statisticians.

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UNEP Report Series Link Mangroves, Carbon and Finance [viewed]

UNEP9 December 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a set of reports highlighting the extraordinary value of mangroves, including as carbon stores. The reports also note that mangroves, which are disappearing faster than terrestrial forests, are not yet fully benefiting from carbon financing.

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