Science, Assessment & Monitoring

CCXG Publishes Papers Relevant to 2015 Climate Agreement [viewed]

OECD_NEWNovember 2014: The Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) has released four papers examining technical issues relevant to the negotiations towards a 2015 climate change agreement under the UNFCCC.

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World Bank Report: 'New Climate Normal' Severe Risk to Development [viewed]

World Bank23 November 2014: Warming nearing 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels “is already locked into the Earth's atmospheric system by past and predicted greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,” according to the third installment in the World Bank's ‘Turn Down the Heat' series. ‘Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal' examines the risks increased climate change poses to development across Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the Middle East and North Africa.

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UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy Focuses on CCS, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency [viewed]

UNECE21 November 2014: During the UN Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) 23rd annual meeting of the Committee on Sustainable Energy (CSE23), which was the final meeting of UNECE Sustainable Energy Week, UNECE Member States approved recommendations to the UNFCCC on how carbon capture and storage (CCS) should be treated in a post-Kyoto Protocol agreement.

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EEA Report Examines Costs of Industrial Air Pollution [viewed]

EEANovember 2014: Air pollution from Europe's industrial facilities cost the region between €59-189 billion in 2012, with 1% of facilities responsible for 50% of the damage, according to a report by the European Environment Agency (EEA). ‘Costs of Air Pollution from European Industrial Facilities 2008-2012' presents damage cost estimates to health and the environment caused by air pollutants emitted from Europe's industrial facilities.

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UNFCCC Updates on NAP Process [viewed]

UNFCCC26 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an information paper on the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.25). Based on the information submitted by parties, UN agencies, as well as other international, regional and non-governmental organizations, the paper reviews the measures taken by developing country parties and their partners to advance national adaptation planning. The paper also provides a progress update, including an overview of financial and technical support received.

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GEF Reports on Support to Non-Annex I Party NCs and BURs [viewed]

GEF UNFCCC25 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the status of Global Environment Facility (GEF) project activities related to non-Annex I parties' national communications (NCs) and biennial update reports (BURs), as provided by the GEF (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.22). The information, which was requested by the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), includes the dates funding was approved and disbursed, and the approximate date of the NC or BUR submission.

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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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