Asia

WMO Confirms 2013 as Sixth Warmest Year on Record [viewed]

WMO24 March 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released its annual climate statement, which confirms that 2013 tied with 2007 as the sixth warmest on record, continuing the long-term global warming trend, and highlights that 13 of the 14 warmest years on record have all occurred in the 21st century.

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USAID Study Analyzes Climate Impacts in Mekong River Basin [viewed]

usaid20 March 2014: The values at risk in key livelihood sectors from predicted climate change impacts are estimated to be at least US$16 billion per year, according to the findings of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) 'Mekong ARCC Climate Change Impact and Adaptation Study.' The study, which was inspired by an International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) study, considers climate impacts on agriculture, fisheries, livestock, and rural infrastructure and health.

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Event: 13th Meeting of the Cartagena Dialogue for Progressive Action [viewed]

The 13th meeting of countries participating in the Cartagena Dialogue for Progressive Action will be hosted by the Republic of the Marshall Islands, in Majuro. The Cartagena Dialogue for Progressive action, or Cartagena Dialogue, is an informal space “open to countries working towards an ambitious, comprehensive, and legally binding regime in the UNFCCC, and committed, domestically, to becoming or remaining low carbon economies.” The Dialogue aims to “discuss openly and constructively the reasoning behind each others' positions, exploring areas of convergence and potential areas of joint action.” The Cartagena Dialogue consists of around 30 participating countries, and it is one of the few groups within the UN climate negotiations that brings together negotiators from the global North and South.  

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World Bank Highlights Water-Related Disasters in the MENA Region [viewed]

World Bank21 March 2014: The World Bank has released a report, titled ‘Natural Disasters in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA): A Regional Overview,' which highlights disaster risk management (DRM) and the World Bank's response in the region. The report identifies urbanization and associated increased flood risk, water scarcity and impacts of climate change as the main challenges facing the region.

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IEA Publishes 2050 Roadmap for Energy Storage [viewed]

IEA19 March 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a study, titled 'Technology Roadmap: Energy Storage,' which aims to promote understanding of the applications, functions and costs of energy storage technologies, and identify the most important actions needed for their development and deployment in light of global climate and energy goals.

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Event: FCPF Carbon Fund Ninth Meeting (CF9) [viewed]

The meeting of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Carbon Fund will review funding proposals from Chile, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, and the Republic of the Congo. The meeting will also consider General Conditions of a future Emission Reductions Payment Agreement (ERPA) and review the Pricing Approach.  

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ICRISAT Examines Climate Adaptation for Agriculture in Asia [viewed]

ICRISAT18 March 2014: A paper by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), reports key findings on the adoption of climate change adaptation practices by farmers in 26 study villages in South Asia, Southeast Asia and China.

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UNFCCC Releases ADP Submissions from LDCs, AILAC and New Zealand [viewed]

UNFCCC17 March 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions from Nepal, on behalf of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), New Zealand, and the Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (AILAC), to the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP). The submissions will inform the work of the ADP at its June session and going forward toward a 2015 climate agreement.

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Guest Article #104: RIMES' Commitment to Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

Regional and global assessments of climate change have revealed a trend of higher frequency of extreme climate and weather events. Since 2000, about 2.7 billion people in Asia and East Africa alone have been exposed to climatological and hydro-meteorological hazards (EMDAT).

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OECD Workshop Shares National Experiences on Green Growth [viewed]

OECD20 February 2014: Participants shared regional and national examples of good practice on green growth at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Expert Workshop on ‘Green Growth, Development Planning and Policy.' Participants emphasized the need to understand the economic rationale behind existing green business initiatives and the possibility to 'green' existing jobs, as opposed to creating more green jobs.

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