Asia

January-October Temperatures Break Records, WMO Reports [viewed]

WMO21 November 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported that, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), global average temperature over land and ocean surfaces for January to October 2014 was the highest on record, and October was the hottest since measurements began in 1880.

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World Bank Report: 'New Climate Normal' Severe Risk to Development [viewed]

World Bank23 November 2014: Warming nearing 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels “is already locked into the Earth's atmospheric system by past and predicted greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,” according to the third installment in the World Bank's ‘Turn Down the Heat' series. ‘Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal' examines the risks increased climate change poses to development across Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the Middle East and North Africa.

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APEC Energy Working Group Advances Goal to Double Renewable Energy by 2030 [viewed]

apec21 November 2014: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) members plan to double the share of renewable energy in the region's energy mix within 15 years, according to the APEC Energy Working Group. APEC energy officials agreed to advance a number of measures on renewable energy at the week-long 48th meeting of the Energy Working Group.

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FCPF Releases Chair's Summary of CF11 [viewed]

Forest CarbonNovember 2014: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) has published the ‘Chair's Summary' of the eleventh meeting of the Carbon Fund (CF11). A key agenda item for CF11 was the review of Emission Reductions Program Idea Notes (ER-PINs) for potential selection into the Carbon Fund pipeline. The Chair notes that the review concluded by welcoming Guatemala and Peru into the FCPF pipeline.

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GEF Reports on Collaboration with CTCN [viewed]

ctcn-gef26 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an addendum to the report of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20). The document (FCCC/CP/2014/2/Add.1) details the GEF's consultations with the Advisory Board of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) and progress under the Poznan Strategic Programme on Technology Transfer.

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UNFCCC 2014 Lighthouse Activity Award Winners Announced [viewed]

momentum-change25 November 2014: The UNFCCC's Momentum for Change initiative has announced the 12 winners of the 2014 Lighthouse Activity Awards, which include both “large, game-changing solutions and small, entrepreneurial efforts." Each of the 12 activities touches on one of four areas related to action: by and for the urban poor; that fosters women's leadership; that unlocks climate finance; and action that uses information and communications technology (ICT) solutions.

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DESA, UNCRD Build Disaster Management Capacity in SIDS Municipalities [viewed]

United Nations13 November 2014: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), in collaboration with various partners, organized a capacity-building seminar for stakeholders to discuss vulnerabilities and challenges faced by SIDS municipalities regarding the increased frequency and intensity of natural disasters, the impacts of sea-level rise and other climate-related risks.

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Forest Carbon Markets Value Surpasses US$1 Billion [viewed]

forest-trends24 November 2014: A recently released report, titled 'Turning over a New Leaf: State of Forest Carbon Markets 2014' and published by the Ecosystem Marketplace, reveals that the cumulative value of the forest carbon market has now exceeded US$1 billion thanks to a 17% increase in carbon transactions between 2012 and 2013.

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IRENA Launches REmap 2030 Country Report on China [viewed]

IRENA24 November 2014: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has published the first country report in its REmap 2030 series. Focusing on China, the study concludes that the country could expand its renewable energy consumption share of total energy from 13% to 26% by 2030, thus becoming the world's largest renewable energy user.

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ESCAP, RIMES Warn Pacific Islands of Extreme Weather Risks [viewed]

unescap-rimes21 November 2014: Through a joint press release, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) have warned that extreme weather conditions predicted for the Pacific Ocean pose a significant threat for the industry and infrastructure of island States, and encourages establishing a regional mechanism for better preparedness.

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