IPCC Issues Release In Memoriam of Stephen Schneider [viewed]

19 July 2010: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued a release in memoriam of Stephen Schneider who passed away on 19 July at the age of 65. Schneider was a prominent climate scientist and a longtime contributor to the IPCC's work.

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Guyana and Norway Establish Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund [viewed]

13 July 2010: The President of Guyana and Prime Minister of Norway announced the establishment of the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF) for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, including conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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IWMI Releases Report on Climate Change Impacts on Water and Agriculture in Sri Lanka [viewed]

July 2010: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has released a research report titled "Impacts of climate change on water resources and agriculture in Sri Lanka: A review and preliminary vulnerability mapping."

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ITTO Annual Report Highlights Climate Activities [viewed]

July 2010: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released its Annual Report for 2009, outlining policy work,  ITTO-sponsored meetings and financing of activities in 2009.

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Event: IPCC Expert Meeting on Use of Models and Measurements in GHG Inventories and Task Force Bureau [viewed]

The IPCC expert meeting on the Use of Models and Measurements in Greenhouse Gas Inventories will take place on 9-11 August. This meeting will be followed by the 22nd Session of the Task Force Bureau of the IPCC on 12 August in the same location.  

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Event: Climate Change Awareness Policy for Public Broadcasting [viewed]

This training meeting is organized by the Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) and it encompasses climate change journalism, broadcaster responsibility, programme evaluation and agreement on a universal template for internal broadcasting policy for 10 broadcasters. This training workshop is sponsored by the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), a multilateral forum in the UN system that seeks to mobilize the international community to discuss and promote media development in developing countries.  

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Event: Workshop on a Practical Guide for Integrating Climate Change into National Forest Programmes [viewed]

This workshop will be coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the National Forest Programme Facility. It will bring together results from four previous workshops in Cambodia, Paraguay, South Africa and Tanzania to develop generic guidelines for integrating climate change into national forest policy.  

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Event: African Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

This meeting is organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), African Union Commission (AUC), Ethiopia, Netherlands, Norway and Germany.  

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Event: Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

This meeting is organized by the Government of the Netherlands in cooperation with the Governments of Ethiopia, Norway and New Zealand, the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The meeting aims to provide concrete actions to link the implementation of agriculture-related investments, policies, and measures with long-term carbon emission reductions and adaptation benefits. It will address new and additional and innovative ways of financing the roadmap for action and aims to contribute to the UNFCCC climate talks in Cancun, Mexico. The conference will include a ministerial roundtable.  

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Policy Update #7: Dark Clouds, Silver Linings [viewed]

The past week has brought discouraging news for climate activists. The US Senate's decision on 22 July to put climate legislation on ice until at least 2011 had been widely anticipated. Even so, when the official announcement finally came, it was greeted globally with dismay, even anger. American experts from civil society lined up to condemn the action. Internationally, even politicians got in on the act, with ministers from South Africa and India expressing disappointment.

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