Measuring Success: Indicators For the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans

Jan 8th, 2015 | By

This report collates information on ecosystem-based indicators and indices currently being measure by regional entities and seeks to identify common elements. From this analysis the report postulates whether a limited generic set of indicators can be derived. A series of case studies are used to exemplify the diversity of ways indicators have been applied. For

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The Emissions Gap Report 2014: a UNEP Synthesis Report

Dec 7th, 2014 | By
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Over the past four years the “emissions gap” series published by the United Nations Environment Programme has analysed the size of the gap and has provided insights on options to close it. This fifth report provides an updated measure of the emissions gap. In addition, this year’s update of the analysis calculates an emissions gap

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The Emissions Gap Report 2014

Nov 23rd, 2014 | By
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Over the past four years the “emissions gap” series published by the United Nations Environment Program has analysed the size of the gap and has provided insights on options to close it. This fifth report provides an updated measure of the emissions gap. In addition, this year’s update of the analysis calculates an emissions gap

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Our Planet: Climate for Life

Nov 17th, 2014 | By
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The interaction between biodiversity, climate change and protected areas are the focus of this issue of Our Planet. Protected areas are important carbon storage facilities, so their maintenance and expansion is a key contributor to mitigating climate change. Protected areas also supply many essentials required to sustain humankind. By protecting biodiversity, we also protect ourselves.

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Our Planet: Climate for Life

Nov 5th, 2014 | By
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The interaction between biodiversity, climate change and protected areas are the focus of this issue of Our Planet. Protected areas are important carbon storage facilities, so their maintenance and expansion is a key contributor to mitigating climate change. Protected areas also supply many essentials required to sustain humankind. By protecting biodiversity, we also protect ourselves.

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Global Biodiversity Outlook

Oct 8th, 2014 | By
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Global Biodiversity Outlook: a mid-term assessment of progress towards the implementation of the strategic plan for biodiversity 2011-2020: This report brings together multiple lines of evidence derived from a wide range of sources. It draws upon targets, commitments and activities of countries as reported in national biodiversity Strategies and action plans (NBSAPS) and national reports,

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Climate Finance for Cities and Buildings: a Handbook for Local Governments

Sep 16th, 2014 | By
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The objectives of this Handbook are to help raise awareness among local stakeholders regarding climate finance and its potential in the built environment, given the important role that this sector has to play in climate change mitigation. It also aims to help local governments to use climate finance mechanisms as an opportunity to increase the

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WORKING PAPER: The Sustainable Development Goals – Will They Deliver Climate Compatible Development for Vulnerable Countries?

Sep 14th, 2014 | By

Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges the world faces today. It affects all aspects of the development agenda, from poverty eradication to health care, to economic growth and disaster risk reduction. Meanwhile, the success of global action on climate change will depend on the development path taken by all countries. 2015 will

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Global Environment Outlook: Small Island Developing States

Sep 1st, 2014 | By
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GEO SIDS Outlook is a contribution to the 2014 Third International UN Conference on Small Island Developing States, which has an overarching theme of the sustainable development of Small Island Developing States through genuine and durable partnerships. It is also an important and new contribution to UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook that looks at the drivers

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Forests in a Changing Climate: A Sourcebook for Integrating REDD+ into Academic Programmes

Aug 20th, 2014 | By
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‘Forests in a Changing Climate: Sourcebook for REDD+’ is designed to give an overview of the key topics related to forests and climate change, under the overarching and evolving REDD+ narrative. The purpose is to facilitate the integration of this new knowledge domain into multi-disciplinary University programmes. The sourcebook provides case studies and detailed references

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Keeping track of adaptation actions in africa: Targeted Fiscal Stimulus Actions Making a Difference

Aug 11th, 2014 | By
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With the African population expected to increase to 2 billion by 2050, and nearly 65% of African livelihoods directly linked to agriculture-dominated landscapes, it is critical to provide targeted solutions that stimulate action, build resilience and provide emerging opportunities. This publication reviews the current context and future implications of Climate Change impacts in Africa. It

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High Mountain Glaciers and Climate Change: Challenges to Human Livelihoods and Adaptation

Aug 10th, 2014 | By

Climate change is causing significant mass loss of glaciers in high mountains worldwide. This report calls for accelerating research, monitoring and modeling of glaciers, snow and their role in water supplies. Although glacier systems are inherently complex overall trends indicate that globally glaciers are receding. This is likely to accelerate in the coming decades. Impacts of the

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UNEP Year Book 2014: Emerging Issues in Our Global Environment

Jul 29th, 2014 | By
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Ten years after the first Year Book in this series appeared, a special e-book anniversary edition – UNEP Year Book 2014 – presents a fresh look at ten issues highlighted over the past decade. This UNEP Year Book 2014 takes advantage of the latest technology, providing a multi-media experience that helps illustrate the environmental challenges

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The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014

Jul 20th, 2014 | By

The new Millennium Development Goals Report 2014 examines the latest progress made towards achieving the MDGs. It shows that millions of people’s lives have improved due to concerted global, regional, national and local efforts to achieve the MDGs, which serve as the foundation for the next global development agenda. The Report was released in India

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Valuing Plastic: the Business Case for Measuring, Managing and Disclosing Plastic

Jul 4th, 2014 | By
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The objective of this report is to help companies manage the opportunities and risks associated with plastic use. It articulates the business case for companies to improve their measurement, disclosure and management of plastic use in their designs, operations and supply chains. In order to provide a sense of scale, the report sets out to

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South-South Trade in Renewable Energy: a Trade Flow Analysis of Selected Environmental Goods

Jun 30th, 2014 | By
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This study analyses trends and opportunities for trade among developing countries (i.e. South-South trade) in selected environmental goods, in order to assess the contribution such trade can make to a green economy transition. The term ‘developing countries’ includes all countries and territories listed as developing economies in the UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics (UNCTAD, 2012). The

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Our Planet: The First United Nations Environment Assembly

Jun 19th, 2014 | By
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The first ever United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) is the core theme of this issue of Our Planet. Sustainable Development Goals, the need to decouple economic growth from natural resource depletion and the way forward within the context of the Post-2105 Development Agenda are all robustly discussed in this edition’s feature articles. With contributions from

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Climate Change and India. Analysis of Political Economy and Impact

Jun 16th, 2014 | By

The ‘Climate Change and India: Analysis of Political Economy and Impact’ is primarily beneficial for those who want to approach this issue from a people’s perspective. Th e book attempts to bring together the overlapping processes of globalization, global warming and the politics of development. While unfolding the international climate politics on the one hand, the book also tries to

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UNEP Global Environmental Alert Service: May 2014

Jun 10th, 2014 | By
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The deep ocean, the largest biome on Earth at over 1 000 metres below the surface of the ocean, holds vast quantities of untapped energy resources, precious metals and minerals. Advancements in technology have enabled greater access to these treasures. As a result, deep sea mining is becoming increasingly possible. To date no commercial deep

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Global Warming vs Climate Change

May 28th, 2014 | By

In January 2014, we conducted a nationally representative experimental study and found that the terms global warming and climate change often mean different things to Americans. The two terms activate different sets of beliefs, feelings, and behaviors, as well as different degrees of urgency about the need to respond. We found that the term global warming is associated with greater public understanding, emotional

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Monitoring & Evaluation for Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience: A Synthesis of Tools, Frameworks and Approaches – 2nd edition

May 14th, 2014 | By

The second edition of this report comes at a critical moment. Climate change threatens to reverse progress towards sustainable development and threatens lives and livelihoods around the globe, either directly through its physical impacts or as a compounding factor towards existing vulnerabilities. Governments, development agencies, the private sector, and other stakeholders can and should address

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Our Planet: Greening Business

Apr 25th, 2014 | By
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The United Nations Environment Programme’s flagship magazine.

Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability

Mar 31st, 2014 | By

IPCC Working Group II Contribution to AR5 The Working Group II contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report considers the vulnerability and exposure of human and natural systems, the observed impacts and future risks of climate change, and the potential for and limits to adaptation. The chapters of the report assess risks and opportunities for societies,

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Building Natural Capital: How REDD+ Can Support a Green Economy

Mar 25th, 2014 | By
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This report advocates placing REDD+ into a larger landscape scale planning framework that can, and should, involve multiple sectors (especially those that are driving deforestation, sometimes inadvertently). The summary report highlights key findings from the report of the international resource panel: building natural capital: How REDD+ can support a Green Economy. Source>>

Integrating Climate Change in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Mar 16th, 2014 | By

At the Rio+20 conference, member states of the United Nations (UN) expressed concern about the scale and gravity of the impacts of climate change. These impacts affect all countries and undermine their ability, particularly in developing countries, to achieve sustainable development and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 1 This concern was later reflected in reports and proposals which

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Energy, Development and Climate Change: Striking a Balance

Mar 9th, 2014 | By
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The paper, “Energy, Development and Climate Change: Striking a Balance”, examines the energy scenario – availability, access, influence of markets and government policies – in rural India, especially in the areas where WOTR has been working.  It highlights the successful partnership between local communities, with their innate grounded wisdom and local knowledge, and modern researchers

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Country-to-country Review Under Next Climate Treaty

Mar 6th, 2014 | By

In December 2011 countries agreed – through the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) – to negotiate a new treaty by 2015. Many proposals for this agreement include a mechanism through which countries’ “contributions” to the 2015 agreement and beyond will be reviewed by other countries pre-and/or post-adoption. The extent to which national contributions reflect goals determined domestically (a “bottom

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Climate Adaptation: Seizing the Challenge

Feb 5th, 2014 | By

The World Economic Forum released their report Climate Adaptation: Seizing the Challenge, at Davos last week.  The report was co-authored by the Global Adaptation Institute (now Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index) It captures some of the latest thinking in the field of climate adaptation, vulnerability and readiness metrics, and financing, with the goal of assisting

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Assessing Global Land Use: Balancing Consumption with Sustainable Supply

Feb 1st, 2014 | By
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UNEP Publications: This report explores how the management of land-based biomass production and consumption can be developed towards a higher degree of sustainability across different scales: from the sustainable management of soils on the field to the sustainable management of global land use as a whole. Source>>

Thinking about Water Differently: Managing the Water-Food-Energy Nexus

Jan 28th, 2014 | By
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The water-food-energy nexus is emerging as a critical issue in Asia and the Pacific. It is clear that solutions must be found to assure water security, thereby eliminating the immediate–and increasing–risk to food security, energy security, and economic growth and stability: water must be recognized as an economic as well as a social good. Governments

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The Local Environmental, Economic and Social Tragedies of International Interventions on Community Based Forest Management for Global Environmental Conservation

Jan 28th, 2014 | By

This study reviewed the policies and outcomes of international support for forest management in Nepal and answered whether international support on forest management in developing countries resulted in positive socioeconomic and environmental outcomes at local communities. The evaluation is based on the socio-ecological theory and synergies-tradeoff model of forestry ecosystems goods and services. The study

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Drawing Down N2O to Protect Climate & the Ozone Layer: a UNEP Synthesis Report

Jan 14th, 2014 | By
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This report addresses the benefits of drawing down nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions. N2O is now the most significant ozone-depleting substance emission and the third most important greenhouse gas released into the atmosphere. Global anthropogenic N2O emissions are rapidly increasing and are expected to almost double by 2050 unless mitigation action is accelerated. The continued build-up

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UNFCCC Publishes Report of the Subsidiary Bodies’ 39th Sessions

Jan 7th, 2014 | By

The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the reports of the 39th session of the UNFCCC subsidiary bodies held in Warsaw, Poland, summarizing the discussions held and conclusions reached during the session. The meeting report (FCCC/SBI/2013/20) of the 39th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 39), which took place from 11-18 November 2013, outlines the agenda

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Keeping Track of Our Changing Environment in Asia and the Pacific

Jan 4th, 2014 | By

This publication, which is based on statistical evidence, illustrates major environmental, economic and social changes in Asia and the Pacific since 1992. The numbers tell the story of how, in twenty years, the region has changed, and the development path the region takes will not only shape the region, but also the world. The report

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Integrating the Environment in Urban Planning & Management

Dec 24th, 2013 | By
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Cities can use a range of principles and approaches to integrate the environment in urban planning and management.This report is intended to encourage and support urban decision-makers in this process. It starts with recognizing that action taken in towns and cities is essential for addressing global environmental problems. It accepts that, with an increasing proportion

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Managing the Boom and Bust: Supporting Climate Resilient Livelihoods in the Sahel

Dec 22nd, 2013 | By

For decades the Sahel has been presented as suffering from irreversible degradation, leading to desert advancement and the impoverishment of the population. This issue paper develops an alternative profile and identifies the considerable potential of the Sahel’s dryland ecosystems. It explores the inherent resilience within existing crop and livestock production systems based on exploiting climatic

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Our Planet: The Future is Priceless, Put a Price on Carbon

Dec 17th, 2013 | By
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UNEP Publication – The Future is Priceless, Put a Price on Carbon: This issue focuses on the range of climate change issues to be discussed at the COP19 in Warsaw. The topics discussed range from the need for a new agreement on combating climate change to improving energy efficient and promoting green businesses. Source>>

Engaging the Public in Critical Disaster Planning and Decision Making: Workshop Summary (2013)

Dec 12th, 2013 | By
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Engaging the Public in Critical Disaster Planning and Decision Making is the summary of a workshop held in March 2013 to discuss the key principles of public engagement during the development of disaster plans, the response phase, and during the dissemination phase when interested community partners and the general public are informed of the policies

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Climate Change And Deforestation: The Evolution of An Intersecting Policy Domain

Dec 10th, 2013 | By

Announcing the publication of a Special Issue of Environmental Science and Policy (Volume 35, January 2014) titled: Climate change and deforestation: The evolution of an intersecting policy domain.The Special Issue contains 13 papers that address potential synergies and policy conflicts between forest conservation and restoration and climate change mitigation. The papers focus on REDD in tropical forest countries, but

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New study on Climate Clubs

Nov 30th, 2013 | By

Oscar Widerberg, IVM Vrije Universitet Amsterdam and Daniel Engström Stenson, Swedish think tank Fores, yesterday launched a new study on Climate Clubs and its relation to the UNFCCC. A short summary reads: UN-led negotiations on Climate change are to deliver an agreement in Paris in 2015. In parallel to the efforts within the UNFCCC some

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UNEP Six Priority Areas Factsheets – Ecosystem management

Nov 27th, 2013 | By

Factsheets in this series: Climate change, Resource efficiency, Disasters and conflicts, Environmental governance, Harmful substances and hazardous waste, Ecosystem management       Source>>

The Himalayas, A Special Report

Oct 8th, 2013 | By

With one-fifth of the world’s population relying on seasonal Himalayan melting, the disappearance of the Third Pole is sending warning signs. Floods, droughts, wildfires, windstorms, water contamination and illnesses plague the 1.3 billion people who live in the watersheds directly supplied by glacial melt from the Hindu Kush-Himalaya (HKH) region. The waterways of Afghanistan, Bangladesh,

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Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX)

Oct 7th, 2013 | By

IPCC: This Summary for Policymakers presents key findings from the Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX). The SREX approaches the topic by assessing the scientific literature on issues that range from the relationship between climate change and extreme weather and climate events (‘climate extremes’) to the

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The IPCC Report – Where Now?

Oct 7th, 2013 | By

CNN: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has now published the first part of its Fifth Assessment Report, AR5. It says humanity is largely responsible for the recent warming of the Earth, it re-tells the Panel’s familiar story of rising temperatures and sea levels, of melting glaciers and ice sheets. Described by some as “conservative”

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UNEP Report: On Low Carbon Transport and City Planning

Sep 11th, 2013 | By

Three reports released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) evaluate and summarize options for low carbon city planning, non-motorised transport (NMT) and infrastructure risks due to climate variability in India. The reports were published as part of the project on ‘Promoting Low Carbon Transport in India.’ The first report, titled ‘Low Carbon City: A Guidebook for

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Earth Is Warming Up But Not As Rapidly As Predicted

Sep 9th, 2013 | By

The Hindu: New IPCC report raises questions over urgency or seriousness of climate change The climate has not been warming over the past 15 years at rates predicted earlier, the latest report of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), to be released September end, is going to say. The report is also going

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Kedarnath Disaster: Facts And Plausible Causes

Jul 30th, 2013 | By
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Current Science: Recent climate changes have had significant impact on high-mountain glacial environment. Rapid melting of snow/ice and heavy rainfall has resulted in the formation and expansion of moraine-dammed lakes, creating a potential danger from dammed lake outburst floods1. On 16 and 17 June 2013, heavy rains together with moraine dammed lake (Chorabari Lake) burst

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Mainstreaming Climate Change in Bhutan and Nepal: A Synthesis Report

Jun 16th, 2013 | By

This report is a synthesis of two studies that sought to understand the policy contexts for addressing climate change adaptation and key conservation issues in Nepal and Bhutan, which have many significant commonalities and differences. The purpose of this synthesis is to compare the policy contexts for mainstreaming climate change adaptation in Bhutan and Nepal,

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Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook

Jun 11th, 2013 | By

FAO: There has been a rapid uptake of the term Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) by the international community, national entities and local institutions, in the past years. However, implementing this approach is challenging, partly due to a lack of tools and experience. Climate-smart interventions are highly location-specific and knowledge-intensive. Considerable efforts are required to develop the

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Toolkit For Urban Government To Climate Resilience Building

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
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ICLEI-ACCCRN Guide and Toolkit to help municipal governments in Asia build resilience to climate change. ICLEI has finalized a new guide and toolkit aimed at helping municipal governments in Asia build City Resilience Strategies to cope with the growing impacts of climate change as part of its engagement with the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience

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Centuries Old Frozen Plants Revived

May 30th, 2013 | By
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BBC: Plants that were frozen during the “Little Ice Age” centuries ago have been observed sprouting new growth, scientists say. Samples of 400-year-old plants known as bryophytes have flourished under laboratory conditions. Researchers say this back-from-the-dead trick has implications for how ecosystems recover from the planet’s cyclic long periods of ice coverage. The findings appear

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Century-Old Science Helps Confirm Global Warming

May 27th, 2013 | By
Drawing of the HMS Challenger survey vessel preparing to measure ocean temperatures by lowering thermometers deep into the ocean on ropes in 1872. A new NASA and University of Tasmania study combined the ship's 135-plus-year-old measurements of ocean temperatures with modern observations to get a picture of how the world's ocean has changed since the Challenger's voyage. The research reveals that warming of Earth can be clearly detected since 1873, with the ocean absorbing the majority of the heat. Image credit: NOAA

NASA: A new NASA and university analysis of ocean data collected more than 135 years ago by the crew of the HMS Challenger oceanographic expedition provides further confirmation that human activities have warmed our planet over the past century. Researchers from the University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay, Australia; and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.,

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NASA Helps Pinpoint Glaciers’ Role In Sea Level Rise

May 27th, 2013 | By
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NASA: A new study of glaciers worldwide using observations from two NASA satellites has helped resolve differences in estimates of how fast glaciers are disappearing and contributing to sea level rise. The new research found glaciers outside of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, repositories of 1 percent of all land ice, lost an average

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Climate Investment Funds: Understanding the PPCR in Bangladesh and Nepal

May 27th, 2013 | By
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IIED: The Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) now operates in nine countries and two regions. It aims to support these countries and regions to prepare and implement climate resilience programmes that are long term and integrated into wider poverty reduction and development planning. Sharing early insights gained from the experiences of two pilot countries

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Mount Everest’s Glaciers Shrinking At Increasing Rate, Say Researchers

May 27th, 2013 | By
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Guardian: Glaciers on or around Everest have shrunk 13% in 50 years with the snow line 180 metres higher than it was 50 years ago. Global warming is melting snow and ice on the world’s highest mountain at an accelerating rate, researchers have claimed. A study by a team led by a Nepali scientist at

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Climate Disasters Displace Millions Of People Worldwide

May 23rd, 2013 | By
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Guardian: More than 32 million people fled their homes last year because of disasters such as floods, storms and earthquakes – 98% of displacement related to climate change. Asia and west and central Africa bore the brunt. Some 1.3 million people were displaced in rich countries, with the US particularly affected. Floods in India and

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A Cooler Century? Wait And See

May 23rd, 2013 | By

CNN: New research suggesting that the Earth may be warming a little more slowly than expected certainly does not  mean climate change is a false alarm, experts say. Several leading authorities on climate change have given a guarded welcome to research suggesting the Earth may warm more slowly than scientists had expected. An international research

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Glaciers Are Melting Slowly-But Surely

May 20th, 2013 | By

CNN: Although hundreds of the world’s glaciers are shrinking fast, far more are losing ice much more slowly, new research has established. But it shows that, almost everywhere, the glaciers are in retreat. Forget, for the moment, the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets: what about all the other stuff? What kind of difference does the

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Fleeing Drought

May 17th, 2013 | By
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D+C: The impacts of climate change make the poorest people on earth suffer more than others. This is evident in Mustang, a northern district of Nepal. Entire villages are thinking of relocating because water scarcity is getting worse. Swiss researchers assessed the options. Mustang is a tough place to live because of desert-like drought, freezing

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Comprehensive Survey Of Scientific Consensus On Human Induced Global Warming

May 17th, 2013 | By

EJNet: The most comprehensive survey of the scientific consensus on human-caused global warming ever done reveals a 97.1 per cent consensus. The research team surveyed the abstracts of over 12,000 scientific articles published between 1991 and 2011 on the subjects of “global climate change” or “global warming” to see to what extent they endorsed or

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