Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Event: Second Task Force Meeting and Bureau Meeting of AMCOMET [viewed]

The African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) will hold its Second Task Force Meeting on 26-28 May 2014, back to back with its Second Bureau Meeting on 29-30 May 2014, both in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Task Force and Bureau will discuss: the constitution and rules of procedures; the African Regional Space Programme; the draft Implementation Plan for the Integrated African Strategy on Meteorology; and the feasibility of establishing a regional climate centre in Central Africa. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), with the support of the African Union (AU), hosts the AMCOMET Secretariat, which is helping facilitate the meetings.  

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As CO2 Concentrations Top 400 ppm, WMO Warns Time is Running Out [viewed]

WMO26 May 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirmed that atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have crossed a new threshold, with April's monthly concentration topping 400 parts per million (ppm) throughout the northern hemisphere. While atmospheric carbon dioxide levels reached 400 ppm in April 2012, this record is the first time the monthly average did. The WMO predicts the global annual average carbon dioxide concentration will cross this threshold in 2015 or 2016.

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STAP Advises GEF Assembly on Environmentally Sustainable Development [viewed]

GEF STAP24 May 2014: The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released a report to the 5th meeting of the GEF Assembly, providing recommendations for advancing environmentally sustainable development under the sixth GEF replenishment (GEF-6). The report, titled ‘Delivering Global Environmental Benefits for Sustainable Development,' also reviews the expansion of the Advisory Panel's roles and responsibilities, and its contributions in GEF-5.

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UNFCCC Note Discusses Options for Security Controls in Emissions Trading Systems [viewed]

UNFCCC19 May 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a note by the international transaction log (ITL) administrator, titled 'Options for, and road map to, further implementation of information security controls in systems supporting emissions trading under the Kyoto Protocol' (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.6). The note reports on the Security Working Group's (SWG) assessment of the impact of managing information security and options for implementing security controls in national registry systems, for consideration at the 40th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 40).

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WMO Takes Action on Storm Surges [viewed]

WMO21 May 2014: The 5th Meeting of the Coastal Inundation Forecasting Demonstration Project (CIFDP) Steering Group convened to discuss progress made in implementing projects that aim to strengthen flood forecasting and management and build integrated multi-hazard early warning and disaster response platforms. 

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Military Advisory Board Identifies Climate Change as Security Threat [viewed]

accelerating-risks-climate-change13 May 2014: The CNA Corporation's Military Advisory Board has published a report, titled ‘National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change,' which provides an update to a 2007 CNA report that described climate change as a “threat multiplier.” The 2014 report reexamines climate change impacts on US national security within a more complex and integrated world and, looking at new vulnerabilities and tensions, identifies climate change as a “catalyst for instability and conflict.”

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Guest Article #107: Desperately Seeking a Rapid-Onset Response to a Slow-Onset Event – The Case of Ocean Acidification [viewed]

I last wrote an article for this bulletin in July 2009 (Guest article #17). On that occasion, I reflected on the immense expectations surrounding the climate negotiations in Copenhagen and the need to ‘Seal the Deal.' I can see many of you holding back a wry smile as you remember that ambitious campaign so soon forgotten.

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African Countries Adopt Common Position on Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

afrp1416 May 2014: The 5th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (AfRP14) and the 3rd Ministerial Meeting for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) convened under the theme ‘Prevent Risk: Build Resilience.' The meeting was one in a series of multi-stakeholder consultations leading up to the 3rd World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), which is scheduled to take place in Japan in March 2015. 

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Status of UNFCCC Submissions Published [viewed]

UNFCCC16 May 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a note detailing the status of reporting by Parties contained in Annex I of the Convention (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.5). All 44 Annex I Parties have submitted their sixth National Communications (NC6s).

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EU ETS Emissions Fall, Allowance Surplus Grows in 2013 [viewed]

European Union 14 May 2014: Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions capped under the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) fell by an estimated 3% in 2013, to slightly under 1.9 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), according to the European Commission. During the same period, the cumulative surplus in emission allowances grew to over 2.1 billion tons CO2e, from 2.0 billions tons CO2e at the end of 2012.

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