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

Jan 8th, 2015 | By
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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Keeping Track of Our Changing Environment in Asia and the Pacific

Jan 4th, 2014 | By
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Factsheets in this series: Climate change, Resource efficiency, Disasters and conflicts, Environmental governance, Harmful substances and hazardous waste, Ecosystem management       Source>>






The IPCC Report – Where Now?

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
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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
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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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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
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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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Forests and Climate Change After Doha: An Asia-Pacific Perspective

May 17th, 2013 | By
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Over the past three years RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have brought together regional experts to reflect on the outcomes of the 15th, 16th and 17th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The resulting booklets “Forests

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Successful Adaptation To Climate Change: Linking Science And Policy…

May 13th, 2013 | By
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What does successful adaptation look like? This is a question frequently asked by planners, policy makers and other professionals charged with the task of developing and implementing adaptation strategies. While adaptation is increasingly recognized as an important climate risk management strategy, and on-the-ground adaptation planning activity is becoming more common-place, there is no clear guidance

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Climate Myths: How Climate Denialists Are Getting Away With Bad Science

May 1st, 2013 | By
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Mongabay: In Climate Myths: The Campaign Against Climate Science, Dr. John J. Berger deconstructs the climate change denialists’ myths in simple, easy-to-read terms. According to the Pew Research Center: “Nearly seven-in-ten (69%) [Americans] say there is solid evidence that the earth’s average temperature has been getting warmer over the past few decades, up six points

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The Scientific Guide To Global Warming Skepticism

Apr 29th, 2013 | By
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Scientific skepticism is healthy. In fact, science by its very nature is skeptical. Genuine skepticism means considering the full body of evidence before coming to a conclusion. However, when you take a close look at arguments expressing climate ‘skepticism’, what you often observe is cherry picking of pieces of evidence while rejecting any data that

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Guidelines For Making Vulnerable Investments Climate Resilient

Apr 26th, 2013 | By
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EU Climate Adaptation Platform: The preparation of these guidelines has benefited from useful inputs from a range of stakeholders, who had the opportunity to comment on a preliminary draft. Those include representatives from the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, KPMG, Network Rail, the European Institute for Environmental Policy, and KfW.

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Climate Change And The Law

Apr 23rd, 2013 | By
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Springer: Climate Change and the Law is the first scholarly effort to systematically address doctrinal issues related to climate law as an emergent legal discipline. It assembles some of the most recognized experts in the field to identify relevant trends and common themes from a variety of geographic and professional perspectives. In a remarkably short

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Holistic Approach To Climate Change Vulnerability And Adaptation Assessment-Study

Apr 11th, 2013 | By
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weAdapt: Climate change vulnerability and adaptation planning can be taken into consideration across many sectors and at different levels and scales. Different scales of planning have different contexts and may require different approaches. In a landscape context, inter-linkages between sectors within the landscape form the context of adaptation planning, as the response of any one sector may have consequences

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Biodiversity Community And Climate Change

Apr 1st, 2013 | By
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TERI: Recently the need for a greater understanding on linkages between biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation and the livelihoods of the local communities has increased the attention of the world leaders. The threat of climate change, which cuts across national and international boundaries, has further catalyzed the importance of the issues and facilitated

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Water Asia’s New Battleground

Mar 29th, 2013 | By
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Winner of the Asia Society’s Bernard Schwartz 2012 Book Award The battles of yesterday were fought over land. Those of today are over energy. But the battles of tomorrow may be over water. Nowhere is that danger greater than in water-distressed Asia. Water stress is set to become Asia’s defining crisis of the twenty-first century,

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Adaptation Inspiration Book: Cases Of Local Climate Adaptation

Mar 26th, 2013 | By
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This book provides a great overview of practical and early examples of actual adaptive actions already taking place across Europe. It provides detailed information on each identified measure: to which sector it belongs, (i.e. water safety, agriculture, cities), specific climate effects adapted to, length of the project and costs and benefits, including the proportion of

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Inequality Climate Change Threaten Historic Gains: HDR 2013

Mar 21st, 2013 | By
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UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark today launched UNDP’s 2013 Human Development Report, which charts the unprecedented rise of developing countries to create a new “global middle class.” “The development landscape is very different today from when the first Human Development Report was launched 23 years ago,” Helen Clark said, releasing UNDP’s 22nd flagship

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Living Within A Fair Share Ecological Footprint

Mar 20th, 2013 | By
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According to many authorities the impact of humanity on the earth is already overshooting the earth’s capacity to supply humanity’s needs. This is an unsustainable position. This book does not focus on the problem but on the solution, by showing what it is like to live within a fair earth share ecological footprint. The authors

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Himalaya: Mountains Of Life

Mar 15th, 2013 | By
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PR Web: University of Massachusetts Boston professor and leading conservation biologist Kamal Bawa and conservation photographer Sandesh Kadur announce the release of their book Himalaya: Mountains of Life. Five years in the making, the book focuses on the Eastern Himalaya—the first time the region’s threatened biodiversity and cultures have been documented together by a preeminent

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Adaptation And Risk Reduction-IISD Publications

Mar 13th, 2013 | By
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IISD: Reports summarizing the risks associated with climate variability and change in selected sectors, ecosystems and/or regions in three African and four Latin American and Caribbean countries are now available. African reports: Kenya: Climate risk management for malaria control in Kenya: the case of the western Kenyan highlands Niger: Sustainable wetland management in the face

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International Climate Finance

Mar 11th, 2013 | By
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The book is the first to provide a complete overview of international climate finance. In the Copenhagen Accord of 2009, developed countries jointly committed to mobilize US$100 billion per year to address climate change in developing countries. The book presents the best information available on this subject: an overview of current international climate finance, estimates

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Climate Change Scince: A Modern Synthesis

Mar 5th, 2013 | By
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Around 2 years ago, I was honoured to be invited by geologist and long-time educator Tom Farmer to collaborate on a textbook that expounded on the principles of climate science as well as put climate change denial in perspective. That collaboration has now been published by Springer; the textbook is Climate Change Science: A Modern

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Guidelines On Free, Prior And Informed Consent: UN-REDD

Feb 27th, 2013 | By
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The UN-REDD Programme is pleased to launch the UN-REDD Programme Guidelines on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) (Working Final version). Recognizing the critical role of indigenous peoples and other forest-dependent communi­ties to the long-term sustainability and effectiveness of REDD+, the UN-REDD Programme has prioritized stakeholder engagement from its inception. Recognizing that a key component

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