Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNFCCC Reports on Structured Expert Dialogue on 2013-2015 Review [viewed]

UNFCCC22 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report on the structured expert dialogue (SED) on the 2013-2015 review for 2014, providing a summary of the work undertaken by the SED from December 2013 to August 2014 for consideration at the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to be held in Lima, Peru, from 1-12 December 2014.

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Eleven Sites Added to UNESCO Global Geoparks Network [viewed]

global geoparts23 September 2014: The Global Network of Geoparks has grown to 111 sites, with the addition of 11 new sites at the sixth International UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Conference on Global Geoparks, held from 19-22 September, in Saint John Brunswick, Canada.

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UN-REDD Evaluates REDD+ Benefits in Panama [viewed]

unredd23 September 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) conducted an assessment on 'The Potential Economic Values of the Multiple Benefits from REDD+ in Panama.' The assessment considers the value of non-timber forest products (NTFP), the preservation of genetic resources, recreational benefits, hydrological ecosystem services, erosion control, pollination and climate regulation.

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CCAC High-Level Assembly Considers Five-Year Strategic Vision, Extends Mandate [viewed]

CCAC High-Level Assembly22 September 2014: The fifth High-Level Assembly of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) considered the Coalition's five-year strategic vision and discussed five statements on short-lived climate pollutants to be presented during the UN Climate Summit.

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ECLAC Assesses Climate Change Costs for Latin America and Caribbean [viewed]

1280784375ECLAC_logo22 September 2014: A report by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) calculates that, in a 2.5°C temperature rise scenario, the economic costs of climate change will equal approximately 2.5% of the region's annual gross domestic product (GDP). The study notes that the region is faced with “an asymmetrical dual challenge” given its limited contribution to total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and high vulnerability to climate change. It estimates the annual adaptation costs for the region at approximately 0.5% of the region's annual GDP.

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2013 Global Carbon Emissions Reach New Record [viewed]

global-carbon-project21 September 2014: Global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel burning and cement production reached a record 9.9±0.5 billion tonnes of CO2 (GtCO2) in 2013, rising 2.3% over the previous year and 61% above the rate in 1990, according to the Global Carbon Project. The results, published in the ‘Carbon Budget 2014,' predict that emissions will grow by another 2.5% to 10.1±0.5 GtCO2 in 2014.

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ADB Highlights Positive Economic Impacts of Energy Efficiency [viewed]

ADBSeptember 2014: A modeling study published by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) identifies several positive macroeconomic impacts from improving energy efficiency. The study focuses on seven Asian countries from 2010 to 2050, and finds that energy efficiency policies would have a positive impact on private consumption, government expenditure, investment, and result in an increase in intraregional trade.

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WHO Assesses Climate Change Risks to Health [viewed]

WHO22 September 2014: The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a report, titled ‘Quantitative risk assessment of the effects of climate change on selected causes of death, 2030s and 2050s,' which focuses on future climate change risks to health.

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MDBs Report on Climate Finance Provided in 2013 [viewed]

AfDB - IDB - EIB - ADB - World Bank Group19 September 2014: The third edition of the Joint MDB Report on Climate Finance 2013 has been expanded to include a better sectoral breakdown, and divisions by public and private operations. Since 2011, multilateral development banks (MDBs) have provided over US$75 billion in climate finance to developing and emerging economies, while, in 2013, they provided US$23.8 billion to address climate change, with 80%, or US$18.9 billion, dedicated to mitigation and 20%, or US$4.8 billion, going to adaptation.

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Event: Technical Discussion on Issues Related to Articles 5, 7 and 8 of the Kyoto Protocol [viewed]

A technical discussion of issues related to Articles 5, 7 and 8 of the Kyoto Protocol, including an update of the conservativeness factors for adjustments (contained in Decision 20/CMP.1), will be held on 7 November 2014, in Bonn, Germany. The workshop is organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat, based on a request by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice at its 40th session (SBSTA 40). It will seek to facilitate a technical discussion among experts from interested parties, taking into account a technical paper prepared by the Secretariat and any submissions from parties.  

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