Science, Assessment & Monitoring

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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China Supports International Cooperation on DRR [viewed]

UNISDR13 May 2014: China has indicated it will support stronger international cooperation to prevent and reduce the impact of disasters in the lead up to the successor agreement to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) on disaster risk reduction (DRR) to be adopted in 2015. The announcement was made during the 5th National Forum on Comprehensive Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development, which highlighted the need to strengthen international financing mechanisms for DRR, among other things.

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UNESCO-IOC and KIOST Collaborate to Monitor Ocean Carbon [viewed]

unesco-kiost13 May 2014: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC) and the Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) signed an agreement to strengthen their collaboration on ocean carbon monitoring and research activities through the continuation of the Ocean Carbon Sources and Sinks project.

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Event: Hands-On Training Workshop on the Preparation of BURs for Africa Region [viewed]

The Consultative Group of Experts (CGE) on National Communications will hold the Hands-On Training Workshop on the Preparation of Biennial Update Reports (BURs) for the Africa Region from 18-20 August 2014, in Malawi.  

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