Science, Assessment & Monitoring

US-China Issue Joint Statement on Climate Change [viewed]

china_us_flag15 February 2014: US Secretary of State John Kerry has traveled to Beijing, China, where he met government officials to, inter alia, highlight the importance of US-China collaboration on climate change and clean energy. At the conclusion of his meetings, the two sides issued a joint statement on climate change.

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Event: Sixth Meeting of the UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance [viewed]

At its sixth meeting, the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) is scheduled to consider, inter alia: biennial assessment and overview of climate finance flows; fifth review of the financial mechanism; second forum of the Standing Committee on Finance; draft guidance to the operating entities of the financial mechanism; MRV of finance beyond the biennial assessment and overview of climate finance flows; and linkages with the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the thematic bodies of the Convention.  

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WMO/ESCAP Experts Confirm: 2013 Typhoon Season Well-above Average [viewed]

typhooncommittee21 February 2014: The 46th Session of the Typhoon Committee of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirmed that an above-average number of storms occurred in the 2013 typhoon season.

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Global Forest Watch 2.0 to Help Stakeholders Monitor Forests in Near-Real Time [viewed]

WRI20 February 2014: A global coalition of partners, led by World Resources Institute (WRI), has launched an online forest monitoring and alert system meant to empower governments, local communities, the private sector, academics and civil society to track forest change.

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EU Energy Consumption Drops 8% Between 2006-2012 [viewed]

European Union 17 February 2014: The EU's Eurostat statistical service has reported that the EU's energy consumption in 2012 dipped to nearly 1990 levels, with renewables and nuclear power making up half of EU energy production in 2012. 

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Event: 63rd Meeting of the CDM Methodology Panel [viewed]

The 63rd Meeting of the Methodology Panel (Meth Panel) of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) will take place in Bonn, Germany. The Meth Panel was established to develop recommendations to the CDM Executive Board on guidelines for methodologies for baselines and monitoring plans and prepare recommendations on submitted proposals for new baseline and monitoring methodologies.  

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Event: ICAO International Aviation and Environmental Seminar for the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NAAC) Region [viewed]

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) International Aviation and Environmental Seminar will provide participants with information on present and future impact and trend assessments of aircraft engine noise; the work of the ICAO Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP); and ICAO policies and guidance material in the environmental field.  

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GFOI Provides Guidance for Estimating Forests GHG Emissions and Removals [viewed]

gfoi18 February 2014: The Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) has released a methods and guidance document, titled ‘Integrating remote-sensing and ground-based observations for estimation of emissions and removals of greenhouse gases in forests.'

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February 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

ebrd-worldbank-adb-gef-eib-afdbFebruary 2014: Throughout the month of February, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) undertook a number of activities and highlighted various projects in a range of countries, including: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cameroon, Djibouti, the Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Mauritius, Moldova, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Romania, Swaziland, Turkey and Zimbabwe. 

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Event: ICAO States' Action Plan Seminar for the South American Region [viewed]

The ICAO States' Action Plan Seminar for the South American (SAM) region will provide national action plan focal points with information on the development and update of States' action plans, with a focus on data collection and mitigation measures undertaken by States. This event is reserved for national action plan focal points only, which have been nominated by their respective State.  

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