A number of assessments are now identifying climate change as the new great threat to biodiversity. As a result of climate change, up to 88% of reefs in Southeast Asia may be lost over the next 30 years while in the Amazon Basin, more than 40% of plant species studied could face extinction. If the projected rise in sea level occurs, American Samoa could lose 50% of their mangroves and an additional 15 Pacific islands could face a 12% reduction in mangrove cover. A projected 0.5 m sea-level rise in the Caribbean could cause a 35% decrease in turtle nesting habitat.
8 August 2008: IISD Reporting Services is pleased to
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8 August 2008: In a message on the occasion of International
Youth Day, being celebrated on 12 August 2008 under the theme “Young people and
climate change: time for action,” the Director General of the UN Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Koïchiro Matsuura, stressed the
role that young people can play in addressing the challenge of climate change
and sustainable development.
6 August 2008: The Executive Board of the Clean Development
Mechanism (CDM) has launched four calls for public comments, to run from 6
August to 3 September 2008.
5 August 2008: China has made an effort to improve the
sustainability of the Olympic Games and improve the air quality in Beijing,
according to a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Publication published in late
2007, ‘Beijing 2008 Olympic Games: An environmental review.'
August 2008: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC) has posted a number of documents in preparation for its twenty-ninth
session and the celebration of its 20th anniversary, which will take place from
31 August to 4 September 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland.
August 2008: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
(FAO), the International Labor Organization (ILO), and the International Fund
for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have announced a call for papers addressing
“Gender dimensions of agricultural and rural employment: differentiated
pathways out of poverty” to be presented at a global technical expert workshop
to be held in March-April 2009 (dates to be confirmed), in Rome, Italy. The
workshop comes as a follow up to recent international policy discussions on
rural employment, a central element in equitable growth and poverty reduction,
but which faces the challenges of the global food crisis and climate change.
August 2008: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the
UNECE/FAO Forest Products Annual Market Review, 2007-2008. The Review, based on
the theme ‘Green building's impact on the forest sector in the UNECE region,'
covers all forest products market sectors as well as interlinked policy
developments in the UNECE region of Europe, North America and the CIS.
July 2008: This publication, released by Secretariat of the
International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), responds to the need
for comprehensive multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral national coordinating
mechanisms to reduce, prevent and manage the impacts of natural hazards, as
expressed in, inter alia, the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 (HFA) which
emphasized the importance of setting up National Platforms for disaster risk
6 August 2008: The World Bank, the UN International Strategy
for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction
and Recovery (GFDRR) have released an interactive report entitled ‘Climate
Resilient Cities,' which provides cities and their governments with guidelines
to reduce their vulnerability to climate change and strengthen disaster risk