Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Discussions Begin on Modalities, Substance of Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

unga694 November 2014: Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, and David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, convened the first informal meeting of the plenary on the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. After a second informal meeting on 10 November, the co-facilitators will be able to plan next steps in the process, Kamau said.

read more »

UNFCCC Synthesizes Work of the Forum on Response Measures [viewed]

UNFCCC4 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has prepared a note synthesizing the work of the forum on the impact of the implementation of response measures. The document (FCCC/SB/2014/INF.4) is based on views, information and review of the work of the forum provided by parties and relevant organizations. The 40th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) requested the Secretariat to prepare the synthesis paper for consideration at SBSTA 41 and SBI 41.

read more »

CIF Reports on GHG Analysis and Harmonization by MDBs [viewed]

CIF30 October 2014: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Administrative Unit has published an information document on work by multilateral development banks (MDBs) in greenhouse gas (GHG) analysis and harmonization of GHG estimation methodologies. The document is based on biennial reports by the MDBs on: current and planned work in GHG analysis; development and application of methodologies for estimating GHG emissions; and joint work to harmonize GHG estimation methodologies among the MDBs.

read more »

CIAT, CATIE Produce LAC Climate-smart Agriculture Profiles [viewed]

ciat-catie30 October 2014: The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) have developed nine climate-smart agriculture (CSA) profiles for countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to support the mainstreaming of CSA through raising awareness of its importance.

read more »

UNEP Magazine 'Our Planet' Focuses on Protected Areas, Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

UNEPNovember 2014: The November issue of the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) ‘Our Planet' magazine focuses on interactions between biodiversity, climate change and protected areas under the heading ‘Climate for Life.' The issue contains 11 feature articles and provides highlights of UNEP's work as well as country-level action on climate change mitigation and environmental conservation.

read more »

CCAC Agriculture Initiative Expands to Methane Emissions from Rice [viewed]

ccac-ccaf-ciat-irri31 October 2014: A research effort to reduce methane emissions from rice cultivation in Viet Nam, Bangladesh and Colombia has been launched under the Agriculture Initiative of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC). Three international research institutions, working together with rice farmers, policy makers and other partners, expect to reduce emissions by 30-50% by using an innovative irrigation method.

read more »

IEA: Morocco's Energy Strategy and Renewable Energy Targets on Track [viewed]

iea-morocco31 October 2014: An in-depth review of Morocco's energy policies conducted by the International Energy Agency (IEA) indicates that the country has made important advances in wind and solar energy, and fuel subsidy reform. The report, titled ‘Morocco 2014 – Energy Policies Beyond IEA Countries,' encourages the government to keep its current course, and provides specific recommendations on related strategies, deployment of renewable energy, and policy and regulatory frameworks.

read more »

World Bank Charts Zero-carbon Electricity Pathways for Climate Stabilization [viewed]

World Bank1 October 2014: The World Bank has published a policy research working paper, titled ‘Pathways toward Zero-carbon Electricity Required for Climate Stabilization,' which calculates the carbon content of electricity in a set of existing prospective stabilization scenarios, and shows that near-zero carbon electricity: is required for staying within a global temperature rise range of 2-3°C; can be achieved even if some key technologies are not available; and should occur in every major country or region in the world.

read more »

IEA Bioenergy Workshop Focuses on Indirect Land Use Change Impacts [viewed]

IEA23 October 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy organization hosted a one-day workshop on ‘Bioenergy: Land Use and Mitigating Indirect Land Use Change (iLUC),' during which 11 experts gave presentations on the issue's policy background, mitigation models and applications, case studies and related global aspects.

read more »

IPCC Approves AR5 Synthesis Report [viewed]

ipcc401 November 2014: The 40th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-40) met to consider and finalize the Synthesis Report (SYR), which integrates the findings from the three IPCC Working Group (WG) reports. Together, these comprise the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). On 1 November, the Panel approved the SYR's Summary for Policymakers (SPM) line by line, and adopted the longer SYR section by section.

read more »