Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNEP Stresses Urgency of Climate Finance for Cities [viewed]

UNEPSeptember 2014: A handbook published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on climate finance for mitigation in cities and buildings underscores the urgency of developing methods to help all cities gain access to climate finance while maximizing related social, environmental and economic co-benefits. Given that cities account for over 75% of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the publication calls for the 2015 climate agreement to inspire cities into action. Cities, in turn, will need to support leaders and scale up mitigation projects based on best practice and sharing of lessons learned.

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CAF Mesoamerica and Caribbean Workshop Focuses on Adaptation Finance [viewed]

CAF10 September 2014: The Development Bank for Latin America (CAF) hosted a workshop to strengthen the capacity of Mesoamerican and Caribbean countries to assess the financing needs associated with climate change adaptation.

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LAC Officials Trained in Using Satellite Technology to Monitor Forests [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme4 September 2014: Sixteen Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries convened in a workshop to exchange experiences and provide training in the use of satellite technology to estimate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the loss of forest carbon and to form a foundation for decisions regarding deforestation and forest degradation.

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Event: IEA Sustainable Buildings Workshop [viewed]

This workshop will contribute to the development of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) new initiative for Sustainable Building by seeking advice from key global building stakeholders. It will focus on: the IEA's building analytical methodology, data sources and model input assumptions; and collaboration on global building forecasting for energy efficiency and climate change mitigation potential.  

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Coffee Gene Sequencing Project Supports Climate Adaptation [viewed]

idb-fontagro11 September 2014: The complete sequence of the coffee genome has been released into the public domain in an attempt to accelerate plant variety selection in the face of climate change and to meet growers' specific needs. The genetic information of the Coffea arabica and Coffea eugenioides species, containing the location and characterization of more than 30,000 genes, was presented during the Conference of the Association for Science and Information on Coffee (ASIC), held 8-13 September in Armenia, Colombia.

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Climate Scientists Identify Future Research Priorities [viewed]

wcrp-ipcc10 September 2014: Climate scientists identified future research priorities, based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), during a workshop that was organized by the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and IPCC Working Group I (WG I).

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WMO Reports Record High Atmospheric GHG Levels [viewed]

WMO9 September 2014: The World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Bulletin indicates that the concentration of GHG in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2013 due to a surge in carbon dioxide levels, making international action on climate change all the more urgent.

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Pacific Northwest Climate Scientists Urged to Share Results Beyond Scientific Publications [viewed]

Pacific Northwest Climate Scientists10 September 2014: Participants at the Fifth Annual Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference considered the impacts of climate variability and change on the people, natural resources, and infrastructure of the region.

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ADB Highlights Wind and PV Potential in Developing Asia [viewed]

ADBAugust 2014: A total investment of US$2.3 trillion will be required for wind and solar photovoltaics (PV) to supply 10% of developing Asia's electricity in 2035, according to a report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The study, titled ‘Diversification of Energy Supply: Prospects for Emerging Energy Sources,' examines the status and future prospects of wind energy, PV and unconventional gas in the region.

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UNFCCC Reports on Non-Annex I GHG Inventory Trainings [viewed]

UNFCCC9 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a report on regional hands-on training workshops, organized between October 2013 and March 2014, on the use of non-Annex I greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory software (NAIIS). The report describes the proceedings of, and presentations and discussions held during, three workshops aimed at training national focal points and other key experts from non-Annex I parties.

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