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Emerging Issues

Major Assessments

WHO
  • Climate change and human health - risks and responses
    Released by WHO on 11 December 2003.
    by A.J. McMichael, D.H. Campbell-Lendrum, C.F. Corvalán, K.L. Ebi, A. Githeko, J.D. Scheraga and A. Woodward, 250 pages. ISBN 92 4 156248 X
    This book, published by WHO in collaboration with UNEP and WMO, describes the context and process of global climate change, its actual or likely impacts on health, and how human societies and their governments should respond, with particular focus on the health sector.

UNEP
  • Emmission Tradings: Climate Change Working Group Statement by UNEP Finance Initiative (PDF)
    UNEP, 2003. Released at UNFCCC COP 9.
    CCWG Emissions Trading CEO Briefing.
    The report is available for download in pdf format.

  • CLIMATE CHANGE and Winter Sports: Environmental and Economic Threats - 2003 (DOC)
    IOC/UNEP, 2003. 5th World Conference on Sport and Environment, Turin 2-3 December 2003.
    Rolf Bürki, Hans Elsasser, Bruno Abegg.
    The report is available for download in word format.

  • CLIMATE CHANGE & THE FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY: Module 1 & 2 - 2002
    Prepared by the UNEP FI Climate Change Working Group. July 2002.
    The study shows why climate change is relevant to the financial services industry and explains the need for long-term, market-based, frameworks to foster finance sector participation.
    The two modules can be downloaded in PDF format:
    Module 1 - 432 Kb
    Module 2 - 276 Kb

  • brown_cloudTHE ASIAN BROWN CLOUD: Climate and other Environmental Impacts
    UNEP/C4; 2002. Thailand: United Nations Environment Programme Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP RRC.AP), 9th August. ISBN: 92-807-2240-9.
    Report commissioned by UNEP and prepared by the Center for Clouds, Chemistry and Climate (C4).
    It is a seven-year study by 200 scientists indicating that the "Asian Brown Cloud" reduces the amount of solar radiation reaching the ground, leading to a drop in crop productivity, as well as trapping heat, altering rainfall and causing deadly respiratory diseases.

  • ozone_layerPROTECTING THE OZONE LAYER, The United Nations History - 2002
    Stephen O Andersen and K Madhava Sarma (UNEP); 2002. 513p. ISBN 1853839051
    This book tells the story of the ozone layer and how the Montreal Protocol averted a grave threat to the whole of humanity through the destruction of this layer.

UNFCCC
  • NATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS FROM PARTIES INCLUDED IN ANNEX I TO THE CONVENTION COMPILATION AND SYNTHESIS OF THIRD NATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS (PDF)
    FCCC/SBI/2003/7. 16 May 2003. This is the executive summary of the compilation and synthesis report on third national communications from Annex I Parties. It summarizes information presented in the other parts of the report (FCCC/SBI/2003/7/Add.1–4). This document provides an overview of trends in greenhouse gas emissions in the period 1990–2000, highlights major policies and measures of Annex I Parties, presents an overview of projections of emissions and covers other information provided by Parties in their national communications.
UN
  • PROTECTION OF THE ATMOSPHERE - Report of the Secretary-General (PDF)
    E/CN.17/2001/PC/12. Prepared by the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme as task managers for chapter 9 of Agenda 21, with contributions from other United Nations agencies and international organizations. March 2001.
WMO/UNEP
  • SCIENTFIC ASSESSMENT OF OZONE DEPLETION: 2002 (executive summary) (PDF)
    Released by WMO/UNEP on 23 August 2002
    It contains the most up-to-date understanding of ozone depletion and reflects the thinking of 250 international scientific experts who contributed to its preparation and review. The full report is being prepared for publication. Printed copies will be available in April 2003.

  • SCIENTIFIC ASSESSMENT OF OZONE DEPLETION - 1998
    WMO Ozone Report No. 44.
    The Executive Summary is summarized under Ozone depletion on the Emerging Issues page for Agenda 21 Chapter 9.

  • ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF OZONE DEPLETION - 1997
    Interim Summary, September 1997. Issued by the Ozone Secretariat, UNEP, Nairobi.

IUCN/UNEP
IPCC (WMO/UNEP)
World Bank
WRI

 

Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Earlier assessment

1994 Report of the Halon Fire Extinguishing Agents Technical Options Committee
1994 Report of the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel - 1995 Assessment
1994 Report of the Aerosols Sterilants and Miscellaneous Uses and Carbon Tetrachloride Technical Options Committee
1994 Report of the Methyl Bromide Technical Options Committee, 1995 Assessment
1994 Report of the Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps Technical Options Committee, 1995 Assessment
1994 Report of the Flexible and Rigid Foams Technical Options Committee, 1995 Assessment
1994 Report of the Solvents, Coatings and Adhesives Technical Options Committee, 1995 Assessment
Technology and Economic Assessment Panel, Part I, II, III, IV, V, and VI, March 1996 Report
UNEP Technology and Economic Assessment Panel, Vol. I & II, April 1997 Report
Issued by the Ozone Secretariat, UNEP, Nairobi.

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