In October 2018, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has been engaged as an expert service provider by the Green Climate Fund (GCF). In response to the Paris Agreement call for “Strengthening scientific knowledge on climate in a manner that informs climate services and supports decision-making (Article 7, paragraph 7 (c))”, the GCF initiated an integrated approach to facilitate the generation and use of climate information in decision-making.
The WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin showed that globally averaged concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) reached 407.8 parts per million in 2018, up from 405.5 parts per million (ppm) in 2017.
The increase in CO2 from 2017 to 2018 was very close to that observed from 2016 to 2017 and just above the average over the last decade. Global levels of CO2 crossed the symbolic and significant 400 parts per million benchmark in 2015.
Around 4,000 people from all over the region and many other countries participated in the Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week (LACCW) that heard calls for more ambition and stronger collaboration among all levels of government, the private sector and civil society to implement the national climate plans (known as Nationally Determined Contribution, or "NDCs") and to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.
The Committee on Earth Observing Satellites (CEOS) released the report “A Constellation Architecture For Monitoring Carbon Dioxide And Methane From Space” (https://goo.gl/ekD6Ex) in October 2018.
During the COP 24 international climate negotiations, a friend of IG3IS’ at Data-Driven Yale, and their partners at the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness co-hosted the official launch of the Urban Environment and Social Inclusion (UESI) Index in Katowice, Poland.
This Tuesday at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 24th Conference of the Parties (COP 24), IG3IS and UNFCCC hosted a joint side event entitled “Innovative atmospheric observation-based tools to support climate mitigation action." This event intended to introduce the COP community to the benefits that IG3IS provides national, urban, and private stakeholders through top down assessment of mitigation action.