Science, Assessment & Monitoring

CAFF's ABA Illustrates Change in the Arctic [viewed]

CAFF25 September 2014: The Arctic Council has published an article graphically illustrating changes occurring in Arctic sea ice, temperatures and plant density over a period of 30 years, from 1982-2011. The publication, titled 'Sea ice and vegetation trends in the Arctic,' is part of a series highlighting issues identified by the publication of the Council's biodiversity working group, Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna's (CAFF), titled 'Arctic Biodiversity Assessment' (ABA).

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Resilient Cities Acceleration Initiative Launched at UN Climate Summit [viewed]

climate-summit-201425 September 2014: During the UN Climate Summit, commitments were made to: raise US$2 billion for cities at risk from extreme weather events due to climate change; help 500 local governments develop resilience action plans by 2020; and double the number of cities and partners committed to building resilience by the end of 2015.

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UNU Spotlights Climate Change-related Productivity Losses [viewed]

UNU23 September 2014: An article published by the UN University (UNU) argues that the economic case for climate action is further strengthened by heat-related labor productivity losses resulting from climate change, which amount to billions of US dollars. While the physiological limits of human beings exposed to heat when working have long been studied in public health science, scientists and economists have only recently begun paying attention to their links to climate change, according to environmental and occupational health scientist Tord Kjellstrom.

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Africa to Issue over US$1 Billion in Climate Change Catastrophe Bonds [viewed]

african-risk-capacity22 September 2014: In order to leverage available capital for climate change adaptation, African States are set to announce the African Risk Capacity (ARC) Extreme Climate Facility (XCF), a multi-year funding mechanism that will issue climate change catastrophe bonds. The bonds, to be issued in 2016, will provide additional financing to participating countries to enhance adaptation investments, in case extreme heat, droughts, floods or cyclones increase in frequency and intensity in Africa.

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Event: Expert Workshop on the Review of the TTE Training Programme [viewed]

This expert workshop of the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (GCE) will review draft materials for the training programme for the technical team of experts (TTE). The meeting will convene from 26-28 October 2014, in Bonn, Germany.  

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UNFPA Tool Identifies Climate Vulnerable Populations and Areas [viewed]

iied-unfpa24 September 2014: The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has developed a tool, called ‘Demographic Exploration for Climate Adaptation' (DECA), which allows experts, policymakers and community members to identify where vulnerable people are located and what conditions contribute to their vulnerabilities.

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UN-Led Initiative Considers Disaster Resilience Financial Reporting [viewed]

unisdr-unep-wef24 September 2014: During the UN Climate Summit, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the World Economic Forum (WEF) and other partners, including Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, Swiss Re, Willis Group Holdings and the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), launched the 'Integrating Risks into the Financial System: The 1-in-100 Initiative.'

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OECD's ENVIRONET, WP-STAT Review Rio Markers in ODA Reporting [viewed]

OECD_NEW18 September 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Working Party on Development Finance Statistics (WP-STAT) and Network on Environment and Development Co-operation (ENVIRONET) held a joint expert meeting to review progress and improvements in members' reporting to the DAC on environment-related Official Development Assistance (ODA) and Other Official Flows (OOF), including the use of the Rio Markers.

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Mitigation and MRV Partnership Holds INDCs Summer School [viewed]

MRV10 September 2014: The third Summer School of the International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV, focusing on the preparation and implementation of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), attracted 28 policymakers and negotiators from 20 developed and developing countries and the EU.

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IMF Analyzes Co-Benefits of Carbon Pricing [viewed]

IMFSeptember 2014: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released a working paper, titled ‘How Much Carbon Pricing is in Countries' Own Interests? The Critical Role of Co-Benefits.' The paper assesses, for the top 20 emitting countries, the degree to which carbon pricing is in countries' national interests by analyzing domestic co-benefits before even considering climate benefits.

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