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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UNFCCC Releases Technical Paper on Actions with High Mitigation Potential [viewed]

UNFCCC26 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an updated technical paper compiling information on actions, initiatives and options for enhancing mitigation ambition and outlining their mitigation potential (FCCC/TP/2014/13). The technical paper, which updates similar compilations from 2013, will inform the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) on raising pre-2020 ambition at the seventh part of its second session (ADP 2-7).

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US$413 Million Pledged at Cookstoves Future Summit [viewed]

Clean Cookstoves21 November 2014: The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves's inaugural pledging event, the Cookstoves Future Summit, raised more than US$400 million for clean cooking technologies over three years. The pledges come from a diverse range of stakeholders, including governments, UN agencies, the private sector and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and address a range of actions, including affordability and access, awareness and behavior change, monitoring and standards and technology.

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Climate Services Board Reviews GFCS Progress [viewed]

gfcs10 November 2014: A meeting of the Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services reviewed progress and challenges in the provision and use of climate services, including seasonal forecasts and drought and flood management tools. Growing climate impacts highlight the “urgent need” for more cross-cutting climate services and partnerships to help communities adapt to extreme weather and increase disaster resilience.

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CCXG Publishes Papers Relevant to 2015 Climate Agreement [viewed]

OECD_NEWNovember 2014: The Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) has released four papers examining technical issues relevant to the negotiations towards a 2015 climate change agreement under the UNFCCC.

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CIFOR Explores Views on REDD+ Safeguard Information Systems [viewed]

CIFORNovember 2014: In preparation for discussions on REDD+ safeguards at the forty-first meeting of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) to the UNFCCC, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) prepared an analysis of submissions on national-level Safeguard Information Systems (SIS).

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Event: Caring for Climate Business Forum: Innovation. Ambition. Collaboration. [viewed]

This Forum, to be convened on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, will provide a multi-stakeholder platform for dialogue and action among governments, UN agencies, business, investors and civil society. The first day of the Forum will include sessions on mitigation, adaptation, technology, finance and other cross-cutting issues, such as carbon pricing, responsible policy engagement and long-term goal setting aligned with climate science. The second day will feature a high-level meeting on corporate climate leadership convening chief and senior business executives, ministers and other government delegates. Nearly 300 participants are expected to attend, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The UN Global Compact, UN Environment Programme (including its Finance Initiative) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat are convening in the Forum.  

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Guest Article #116: From Defining to Implementing Sustainable Transport [viewed]

Millions of people around the world lack proper access to jobs, markets, schools, hospitals and other essential services, and better transport is a crucial element to improve economic and social development. Yet, transport is responsible for 1.24 million traffic fatalities per year, as well as high levels of urban air pollution and congestion in many cities.

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Kenya Launches National Task Force on Anti-corruption for REDD+ [viewed]

unredd27 November 2014: As part of its REDD+ readiness process, the Government of Kenya and partners have launched a National Task Force on Anti-corruption for REDD+. The Task Force aims to identify how REDD+ can be more transparent and accountable and to support the implementation of social safeguards.

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ICAO, IMO Report to SBSTA on Emissions from International Aviation and Maritime Transport [viewed]

UNFCCC25 November 2014: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) have submitted reports to the UNFCCC Secretariat that contain information on emissions from fuel used for international aviation and maritime transport. The submission (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/MISC.9) comes in response to the invitation by the 40th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 40).

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