The UNFCCC secretariat, UNDP and the World Bank held an event on June 9 to provide an update on two portals focusing on climate finance. The first portal, a finance portal which assists parties in meeting their climate finance information needs, was launched by the UNFCCC secretariat. Read more: Fast-start finance : http://unfccc.int/cooperation_support/financial_mechanism/fast_start_fin...
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Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD), Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), and the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) are organizing the Second National Research Conference on Climate Change to be held at IIT Madras. The conference will cover major topics on scientific, technical, economic, and policy aspects of climate change relevant to India. The conference is intended to develop a network of climate researchers in the South Asian region.
The main goals of this series of conferences are to enhance capacity for climate research and action in India by:
a. Identifying existing institutions and activities that are engaged in climate-related work in India
b. Developing a common understanding of key issues
c. Identifying lacunae in science, policy, and action that need particular attention
d. Deepening and broadening institutional engagement, especially by engaging smaller academic institutions and NGOs in local climate related activities across all parts of the country
e. Strengthening a sense of ‘community” among researchers
f. Initiating a platform for a dialogue between researchers, NGOs, and policy-makers
They are inviting abstracts from faculty and other researchers, students, and practitioners in the areas of climate science, impacts, adaptation and mitigation. Abstracts should provide evidence of independent research and be of direct relevance to the Indian context. Priority will be given to abstracts authored by individuals in South Asian organizations. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and should also contain author affiliation(s) and contact details. Abstracts should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Rationale for an IPCC Workshop on Socioeconomic Scenarios and Storylines During the development phase, the IPCC expert meeting on "Toward New Scenarios for Analysis of Emissions, Climate Change, Impacts, and Response Strategies", held in Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands (19–21 September, 2007), called for the organization of a meeting of the IAM and impact and adaptation communities to develop a joint strategy for storyline development. The need for such a workshop was reiterated by the Task Group established by the IPCC during its 30th session in Antalya, Turkey (21-23 April, 2009) to facilitate the catalytic role of the IPCC. With the RCPs, climate model simulations are envisioned to be complemented by a “library of socioeconomic scenarios and storylines” to inform impacts and adaptation analyses and IAM emission trajectories in ways that are mutually consistent. While each RCP was generated by an IAM driven by a set of assumptions about future socioeconomic development, technology, and policy, many other alternative sets of assumptions could result in the same concentration/radiative forcing pathway. This flexibility is an intentional and innovative feature of the RCP process. However, the assumptions chosen can significantly affect the outcomes of impacts and adaptation projections and analyses. Consistent scenario definitions of baseline and mitigation scenarios are critical to ensure comparability across studies that will be assessed in the IPCC AR5; this process needs to be initiated soon. An IPCC Workshop involving the relevant communities engaged with the scenario development is necessary to address these issues.An important feature of the upcoming 5th IPCC Assessment Report (AR5) will be improved coherence across the IPCC Working Groups under new scenarios of projected climate change and its impacts, the degree to which adaptation and mitigation policies could reduce climate change and its impacts, and the costs of action and inaction. Aims of IPCC WorkshopThe overall aim of the workshop is laid down in the Noordwijkerhout report (II.3.2 – New IAM scenarios). In detail this includes:1. Development of consistent sets of baseline and mitigation scenarios that allows for an assessment of all relevant mitigation and adaptation options. Therefore, baseline and mitigation scenarios will be analyzed in terms ofimpacts, adaptation needs and mitigation requirements. These alternative scenarios should cover and lay open the reasonable range of socioeconomic, technological and climate science assumptions and employ the RCPs as benchmark scenarios.2. Identify the most crucial socio-economic uncertainties and underlying assumptions relevant for baseline as well as mitigation scenarios, such as demographic development, land-use changes, technological change, macroeconomicgrowth and trade patterns.3. Exploring a number of (mitigation) scenarios which take into account more “real world” mitigation scenarios like the limited availability of certain technologies, delayed participation of crucial countries, sub-optimal design ofpolicy instruments like taxes and emission trading schemes as well as other barriers of implementation.4. Outline a valid, robust, and consistent approach across the IAM and IAV communities to employing these alternative scenarios that characterize and frame different possible futures in each set of baseline and mitigationscenario.5. Extract and identify a minimum set of illustrative quantitative socioeconomic trajectories that can be clustered to develop narrative storylines relevant to IAV and IAM ex-post analyses.Date1-3 November, 2010VenueBerlin, Germany