Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Forest Carbon Markets Value Surpasses US$1 Billion [viewed]

forest-trends24 November 2014: A recently released report, titled 'Turning over a New Leaf: State of Forest Carbon Markets 2014' and published by the Ecosystem Marketplace, reveals that the cumulative value of the forest carbon market has now exceeded US$1 billion thanks to a 17% increase in carbon transactions between 2012 and 2013.

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IRENA Launches REmap 2030 Country Report on China [viewed]

IRENA24 November 2014: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has published the first country report in its REmap 2030 series. Focusing on China, the study concludes that the country could expand its renewable energy consumption share of total energy from 13% to 26% by 2030, thus becoming the world's largest renewable energy user.

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UNFCCC Synthesizes Annex I Parties' Sixth National Communications, First Biennial Reports [viewed]

UNFCCC24 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has compiled into two reports a synthesis of the national communications (NCs) and biennial reports (BRs) received from Annex I parties to the Convention (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.20/Add.1 and FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.20/Add.2). The Secretariat has also published an Executive Summary of the Compilation and Synthesis (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.20).

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ESCAP, RIMES Warn Pacific Islands of Extreme Weather Risks [viewed]

unescap-rimes21 November 2014: Through a joint press release, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) have warned that extreme weather conditions predicted for the Pacific Ocean pose a significant threat for the industry and infrastructure of island States, and encourages establishing a regional mechanism for better preparedness.

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WMO Supports African Countries Forecast Hazardous Weather [viewed]

WMO21 November 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported that a project aimed at helping meteorological services in developing countries to provide forecasts and warnings of hazardous weather is gaining momentum in Africa. The Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP) has improved lead times and reliable alerts for heavy rain, severe winds and high waves, thus assisting in the protection of people and property, and supporting such sectors as farming, fishing and transportation.

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UNFCCC Reports on GHG Inventory Guidelines Workshop [viewed]

UNFCCC21 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the summary of the second technical workshop of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) on the revision of the 'Guidelines for the Technical Review of Greenhouse Gas Inventories from Parties Included in Annex I to the Convention' (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/INF.22).

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UNFCCC Revises Draft GHG Inventory Guidelines [viewed]

UNFCCC21 November 2014: The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) has undertaken, as mandated by the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP), a review of the 'Guidelines for the Technical Review of Greenhouse Gas Inventories from Parties Included in Annex I to the Convention.'

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Event: 21st Meeting of the Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impact and Climate Analysis (TGICA-21) [viewed]

TGICA-21 will continue its work in facilitating the distribution and application of climate change-related data and scenarios. TGICA was established in 1996 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and is as an advisory body composed of individuals nominated by governments and accredited organizations, selected to serve on the basis of their personal expertise. Members serve on a voluntary basis.  

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South East Europe to Improve Provision of Climate Services [viewed]

gfcs24 November 2014: A regional workshop in South East Europe (SEE) discussed pooling knowledge and expertise to improve the provision of user-friendly climate services in order to increase resilience against weather and climate extremes. Attendees included meteorologists, hydrologists, disaster, health, water and agricultural managers, as well as representatives of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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UNFCCC Synthesizes Views on Updating National Reporting Guidelines [viewed]

UNFCCC20 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has produced a technical paper synthesizing the views of parties on updating the guidelines for the national communications (NCs) of Annex I parties (FCCC/TP/2014/5). The paper also analyzes the current reporting guidelines to determine areas that may need revision to provide coherence, consistency and alignment with the most recent decisions of the Conference of the Parties (COP).

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