Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Asia-Pacific Experts Adopt Principles for Disaster-Related Statistics [viewed]

UNESCAP30 October 2014: The Expert Group on Disaster-Related Statistics in Asia and the Pacific, established earlier in 2014, has agreed to "core principles for establishing a common basic range of disaster-related statistics" at its first meeting. The principles are expected to move the region toward universal standards that will improve natural disaster preparedness and response.

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UNFCCC Reports on Quantified Economy-wide Emission Reduction Targets Event [viewed]

UNFCCC28 October 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a co-facilitators' report of an in-session event on quantified economy-wide emission reduction targets of developed country parties, organized in conjunction with the 40th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 40), from 8-11 June 2014. The report (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/INF.16) also contains a summary of a technical briefing on land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) reporting, held during SBSTA 39.

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Berlin Meeting Launches Process for GEO-6 [viewed]

geo623 October 2014: Held from 21-23 October 2014, in Berlin, Germany, the Global Intergovernmental and Multi-stakeholder Meeting for the sixth edition of the Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) report endorsed the guiding framework for the report and took what it describes as the necessary preparatory steps for a scientifically robust process.

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European Commission JRC Study Identifies Areas at Risk of Desertification [viewed]

EU-SE4ALL22 October 2014: A study by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC) has identified areas in South America, Africa and Asia at climatological risk of desertification. The study, which used information from two indexes, found significant shifts in climate zones resulting from changes in the global hydrological cycle. As a result, arid areas have increased by 1.4-3.4% globally.

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AGWA Launches Toolkit for Climate Change Adaptation in Water Resources Management [viewed]

agwa4 September 2014: The Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) and partners have launched a manual for dealing with uncertainty under climate change by applying climate-informed decision-making to water resource management, project design and risk evaluation. The manual was launched in a seminar held during World Water Week, on 4 September.

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Transparency International Evaluates UN-REDD [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme28 October 2014: Transparency International has conducted an assessment on the level of accountability of the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD). The assessment reveals that UN-REDD has achieved some best practices in transparency although there is some room for improvement when considering criteria for accountability at the senior policy level.

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BNEF Assesses Clean Energy Activities in Emerging Economies [viewed]

DFID MIF USAID Bloomberg New Energy Finance28 October 2014: A study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) assessing clean energy activities and investments in emerging markets has found that capacity additions in these markets, over the past five years, totalled 142 GW, representing faster growth than in developed countries, and equal to more than France's existing clean energy capacity.

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TEC, CTCN Release Report to COP 20 [viewed]

UNFCCC27 October 2014: In preparation for the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, the Secretariat has released an advance version of a joint report detailing the activities and functions of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN). In the bodies' joint key messages for the COP, they report that the Technology Mechanism is "fully operational and fulfilling its mandate" and emphasize the need for stable financial support for effective operation.

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EU-Backed Project Launches Electronic Atlas on Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

empas 16 October 2014: A collaborative European research project has launched a website with stories and maps relating to climate change adaptation issues. The website, titled ‘Climaps: A Global Issue Atlas of Climate Change Adaptation,' was developed as part of the three-year ‘Electronic Maps to Assist Public Science (EMAPS)' project, which received funding from the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7) ‘Science in Society' programme, and used the ‘controversy mapping' method to illustrate the main actors and controversies around major scientific debates.

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EU to Exceed 2020 Energy and Climate Targets [viewed]

EEA28 October 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published an updated analysis of the EU's progress toward its 2020 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, renewable energy and efficiency goals. The results suggest that the EU is on track to meet all three targets by 2020, but that subsequent targets set for 2030 will require more effort nationally and at the EU level.

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