Science, Assessment & Monitoring

EU, China Adopt Joint Statement on Climate Change [viewed]

eu-china29 June 2015: At the 17th bilateral summit between the EU and China, the two parties adopted a joint statement on climate change, recognizing it as "one of the greatest threats facing humanity" and agreeing to elevate climate change cooperation in their bilateral relations. The summit, which commemorated the 40th anniversary of EU-China diplomatic relations, concluded with the adoption of a summit declaration that acknowledges the critical role the two sides must play in addressing climate change.

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Event: First Annual Forests and Livelihood: Assessment, Research and Engagement (FLARE) Network Conference [viewed]

The International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) research network, the Program on Forests (PROFOR), and the Musée de l'Homme Research Group on Social and Natural Evolution are convening this workshop to improve the assessment of forest governance approaches as a contribution to improved forest livelihoods, biodiversity conservation and sustainable use, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. The workshop will consider six themes: forest governance and landscapes, agricultural commodities, social and biological aspects of forest dependence, impact evaluations, pathways to prosperity, and climate variability and change.  

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Event: World Symposium on Climate Change Adaption [viewed]

With a focus on "innovative approaches to implement climate change adaptation," the World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation (WSCCA-2015) will aim to: provide researchers, civil society and firms from around the world an opportunity to present their work on adaptation; foster the exchange of information, good practice, ideas, experiences and successes acquired in executing adaptation projects; discuss methodological approaches derived from case studies and projects; and provide an opportunity for participants to explore possibilities for cooperation. It will also document and disseminate the existing body of knowledge and experiences on climate change through a book titled 'Innovative Approaches to Implement Climate Change Adaptation' and through a special issue of 'International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management'. Among the event's organizers are the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP), the UN University (UNU) Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the European Environment Agency (EEA).  

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Bloomberg New Energy Finance Releases New Energy Outlook 2015 [viewed]

bloombergnewenergyfinance23 June 2015: Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has published its New Energy Outlook (NEO) 2015, which is a long-term forecast of the global energy sector. BNEF emphasizes five "seismic shifts" projected in the electricity sector over the next 25 years, based on analysis of expected demand, costs of generation and structural changes to the electricity system. The authors predict $12.2 trillion will be invested in global power generation through 2040, with 78% invested in emerging markets and 66.7% in renewables.

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Event: 2015 Regional Forum on Climate Change [viewed]

The Regional Forum on Climate Change (RFCC), under the theme 'Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Societies: Bridging Science, Practice, and Policy,' will strive to build a common understanding of the issues that will face negotiators at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, France, in December 2015. Participants will work toward formulating implementable policies to combat the scientific realities of climate change. RFCC is being organized by the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the EU.  

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African Development Bank Launches Payments for Ecosystem Services Report [viewed]

AfDB9 June 2015: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has released the first report, titled ‘Payment for Environmental Services: A promising tool for natural resources management in Africa,' of an AfDB-Climate Investment Funds (CIF) knowledge series that will gather and share initial lessons in implementing and financing green and inclusive growth projects in Africa.

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World Bank, IEA Rank Asia as Top Sustainable Energy Performer [viewed]

world-bank-iea18 June 2015: The World Bank and the International Energy Agency (IEA) published the second edition of the ‘Sustainable Energy for All Global Tracking Framework,' which evaluates global progress toward the three goals of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. The report, which focuses on the period 2010-2012, finds that Asia was the best performing region, accounting for approximately 60% of the global progress on energy access and clean energy objectives.

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WMO, Norwegian Refugee Council to Enhance African Countries' Climate Resilience [viewed]

wmo-nrc17 June 2015: A Norwegian NGO and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) are partnering to increase the capacity of governments in Africa to address climate change, extreme weather events and variable rainfall. Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by WMO and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), experts will work with the national institutions of vulnerable countries to develop climate information and products and operationalize the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).

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EU to Meet 20% Renewable Energy Target by 2020 [viewed]

ec16 June 2015: A progress report published by the European Commission finds that the EU is on track to meet its 2020 target of achieving a 20% share of renewable energy in the overall energy supply. According to the report, 25 EU countries are anticipated to meet their 2013/2014 interim renewable energy targets and the share of renewable energy in 2014 gross final energy consumption is projected at 15.3%.

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Event: Eye on Earth Summit 2015 [viewed]

The Eye on Earth Summit 2015 will seek to better understand the supply and demand of data necessary to secure the future of our planet. This will be the second Eye on Earth Summit, and will bring together representatives from government, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector, academia and civil society to focus on closing the data gap for environmental, social and economic data to address sustainable development. The Summit aims to identify solutions for greater access to and sharing of data, providing policymakers with timely, actionable information for the critical decisions that will implement the post-2015 development agenda. Sessions during the event will explore new resources, like crowd-sourcing and citizen science, and cutting-edge technologies. The Summit is being overseen by Eye on Earth, a collaboration of the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency's Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) and the Eye on Earth Alliance, a partnership of organizations including, inter alia, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Resources Institute (WRI).  

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