UN/ISDR Secretariat and Norway Propose an IPCC Special Report on Managing the Risk of Extreme Events [viewed]

August 2008: In preparation for the 29th Session of

the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), scheduled to take place

from 31 August-4 September 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, the Secretariat of the

International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) System and the

Government of Norway have submitted a proposal for an IPCC Special Report on

Managing the Risk of Extreme Events to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.

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FAO Highlights Indigenous Peoples' Role in Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

World day highlights fundamental role of indigenous peoples in food security 8 August 2008: On the eve of the International Day for the World's Indigenous Peoples, which is celebrated on 9 August, Regina Laub, the

UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) focal point for Indigenous Peoples,

noted that climate change and limited land rights increasingly threaten

indigenous peoples' livelihoods.

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ICAO Journal outlines Civil Aviation's Current and Future Efforts to Reduce Emissions [viewed]

Aviation & the Environment August 2008: The latest issue of the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Journal features, inter alia, an article by Jane Hupe, Secretary to the ICAO Council Committee on Aviation Environmental

Protection (CAEP), entitled “En Route to Copenhagen: International Aviation

Action on Climate Change,” in which she outlines the technical, economic, legal

and social implications of the various measures being considered to reduce

emissions from the aviation sector.

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Guest Article #3: Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

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.

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CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin Issue 3 Released [viewed]

CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin is an electronic newsletter published by IISDRS on a fortnightly basis, that contains key précis and summaries posted to CLIMATE-L.ORG during the previous two weeks, along with guest articles on international climate change activities, written by the heads of UN and international bodies.8 August 2008: IISD Reporting Services is pleased to

announce that the newest issue of CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin is now available. To

access the third issue directly, click here. To read past

issues and to sign up to receive the Bulletin, click here.

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UNESCO Director-General Urges the Youth to Engage in the Combat Against Climate Change [viewed]

UNESCO Director-General Urges the Youth to Engage in the Combat Against Climate Change 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.

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CDM Executive Board Calls for Public Comments [viewed]

Report of the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism Forty-First Meeting 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.

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Olympics to Use Green Energy [viewed]

Green Energy Will Fuel the Olympic Experience for Millions of Spectators in Beijing

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.'

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IPCC Releases Documents for Twenty-ninth Session [viewed]

IPCC, Twenty-Ninth Session, Geneva, Switzerland, 31 August - 4 September 2008 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.

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FAO, ILO and IFAD Call for Papers on Agricultural Employment [viewed]

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.

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