Science, Assessment & Monitoring

FAO, World Bank Quantify Benefits of No-till Agriculture in Ukraine [viewed]

fao-worldbank5 December 2014: The national annual benefits from no-till conservation agriculture in Ukraine could counterbalance natural capital depletion caused by soil erosion, according to an analysis by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Bank. Their report, titled ‘Ukraine: Soil Fertility to Strengthen Climate Resilience,' provides recommendations on addressing soil erosion, climate change impacts and excessive land tillage in Ukraine.

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ITF, ITDP Event Explores Transport's Role in INDCs, NAMAs [viewed]

limacop204 December 2014: Participants explored how technology is unlocking mitigation potential in the transport sector at an event convened on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference. Policymakers at the event explained how technological advancements can support Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) and Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) under the UNFCCC, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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UNFPA, UNIDO Event Reviews Data Sharing Across UN System [viewed]

limacop204 December 2014: The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) organized a UN system-wide event on 'Data, Knowledge and Innovation for Climate Action' on the margins of the Lima Climate Change Conference. Panelists focused on ways knowledge partnerships can integrate climate information into broader sustainability discussions, including through combining climate models with socio-economic data to strengthen local resilience to climate change.

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UK Environmental Audit Committee Hears Evidence on SDGs, Post-2015 Process [viewed]

UK Parliament2 December 2014: The Environmental Audit Committee of the UK House of Commons conducted a hearing on the Government's priorities and positioning in negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The hearing covered, inter alia, the number of goals, the possibility of an SDG on climate change, and UK representation in the overall post-2015 process.

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IPCC, WMO Event Explores Different Applications of AR5 [viewed]

limacop203 December 2014: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) organized a side event on 'The IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5): A User's Perspective.' Held on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference, the event presented ways the AR5 is put to practice by policymakers, business and civil society and explored ideas for making it more user-friendly.

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COP 20 Side Event Explores Role of Science in Climate Justice [viewed]

limacop203 December 2014: The ethics of loss and damage are complicated by the difficulties in linking damages from extreme weather events to changing emissions, according to an event at the Lima Climate Change Conference organized by the Met Office Hadley Centre, Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) and the University of Reading. The event, 'Climate Change Science Update: The Challenges for Robust Decision Making,' also explored barriers to making climate projections; risk management in the face of uncertainty; and climate justice.

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OECD Publishes Data on Climate-Related External Financial Flows [viewed]

OECD_NEWNovember 2014: The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's Development Assistance Committee (OECD-DAC) has presented a set of statistics that capture an integrated and comprehensive picture of both bilateral and multilateral climate-related external development finance flows, which play an important role in supporting developing countries in their transition to low-carbon, climate-resilient and sustainable development pathways.

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UNFCCC SCF Releases Biennial Assessment of Climate Finance Flows [viewed]

UNFCCC3 December 2014: The UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) has released a compilation of information and data on financial flows supporting mitigation and adaptation within countries and via international support. The assessment estimates a lower range of global total climate finance flows of US$340 billion a year for the period 2011-2012 and an upper range of at least US$650 billion.

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2014 One of Hottest Years on Record, Says WMO [viewed]

WMO3 December 2014: 2014 is turning out to be one of the hottest years, if not the hottest year, on record, according to preliminary estimates by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). WMO attributes the high temperatures to record high sea surface temperatures, which contributed to heavy rainfall and floods in many countries and extreme drought in others. The WMO's provisional statement of the ‘Status of the Global Climate in 2014' is intended to inform the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Lima, Peru.

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CIFOR Draws on Indonesia Example for SIS Guidance [viewed]

CIFORDecember 2014: In support of discussions on REDD+ at the Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released a series of briefs on REDD+ safeguards. The sixth in the series presents a case study from Indonesia to demonstrate a low-cost Safeguard Information System (SIS).

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