Africa

WCRP Launches Polar Challenge [viewed]

WCRPlogo16 January 2015: The World Climate Research Program (WCRP) is launching a Polar Challenge to reward the first team able to send an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for a 2,000 kilometer mission under the Arctic or Antarctic sea-ice. The challenge will address under-ice navigation, endurance and environmental monitoring. It aims to stimulate the development of a monitoring tool for the Polar regions and expand scientific research capabilities and climate services.

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WEF Report Identifies Climate Issues as a Top Global Risk [viewed]

World Economic Forum15 January 2015: The World Economic Forum's (WEF) latest Global Risks Report identifies: climate-related issues among the top global risks the world will face over the next ten years, both in terms of likelihood and impact; extreme weather as the second most likely major risk; and the failure to adapt to climate change among the top five global risks in terms of impact.

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African Youth Commit to DRR [viewed]

UNISDR14 January 2015: African youth leaders are taking action to ensure their communities are better informed and prepared to reduce disaster risks. Seven youth leaders participated in a disaster risk reduction (DRR) educational voyage and training programme aboard the passenger ship of the Japan-based NGO Peace Boat, which sailed from the port of Maputo, Mozambique, to Cape Town, South Africa.

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CCAFS, CTA Demonstrate Value of Climate-Smart Agriculture in Africa [viewed]

CGIAR CCAFS15 January 2015: The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) released a book highlighting climate-smart agricultural practices across Africa, based on eight case studies. The book intends to increase awareness of, and support for, agricultural approaches that improve livelihoods and enhance food security while contributing to climate change mitigation.

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IOM, Sciences Po Assess Migration, Environment and Climate Change Nexus [viewed]

iomlogo5 January 2015: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Paris Institute for Political Science (Sciences Po) have jointly published a report, titled ‘The State of Environmental Migration 2014: A Review of 2013,' which aims to enhance the understanding of links between natural disasters, including sudden natural onset events and slow onset events, and human mobility. The report seeks to raise awareness on the effects of climate change on the livelihoods of vulnerable populations.

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IRENA, Partners Launch New Version of Global Atlas for Renewable Energy [viewed]

IRENAJanuary 2015: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and partners have released the second edition of the 'Global Atlas on Renewable Energy,' which includes maps for a number of renewable energy resources, and new functions and tools. The Atlas initiative aims to provide access for countries to the necessary datasets, expertise and financial support to evaluate their renewable energy potential.

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UN Secretary-General Outlines Priorities for 2015 [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw8 January 2015: In an informal briefing to UN Member States, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon indicated his priorities for 2015, and discussed UN efforts in the areas of development, peace and security, and human rights. He also highlighted four main moments for action in 2015, as well as needs within the UN's development system.

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South Africa Becomes G77 Chair [viewed]

G77logo8 January 2015: At a ceremony held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, the Group of 77 and China (G77/China) handed over the chairmanship of its group from the Plurinational State of Bolivia to the Republic of South Africa.

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CIFOR Identifies Obstacles to Carbon Accounting for Charcoal [viewed]

CIFOR12 January 2015: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released a report examining data needs for estimating the contribution of charcoal production and consumption to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The study focuses on Zambia but notes that charcoal is used for cooking by millions of people across Africa.

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CIFOR Supports DRC Efforts to Protect and Restore Forests [viewed]

CIFORJanuary 2015: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released an overview of the Forests and Climate Change in the Congo (FCCC) project, which aims to support the efforts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in capacity building and applied research to reduce deforestation and forest degradation, and thereby mitigate climate change.

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