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Member countries of the Asia Pacific network

Published: October 12, 2011

Asia-Pacific climate report published for COP17

News |
The Asia Pacific Netwrok (APN) has published a new synthesis report — Climate in Asia and the Pacific: A Synthesis of APN Activities — to contribute to policy development relating to climate vulnerability and impacts, including adaptation and mitigation.
The timing of this publication is related to three major activities: the “Planet Under Pressure: New Knowledge Towards Solutions Conference” and the “Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development,” both taking place in the first half of 2012, and the work of the current IPCC fifth assessment with the report scheduled for release in 2014.

The synthesis report indicates that, while there is much activity at the global level, there is a great need to intensify investigative research of climate change and climate variability and trends at the regional level, as these are still poorly understood. Consistent socio-economic data collection is needed, as is the need for an interdisciplinary approach to solving complex climate change problems. The increasing frequency and severity of floods, droughts and extreme temperatures requires the use of appropriate indices to improve monitoring and prediction of extreme events.

Read more:  http://www.apn-gcr.org/2011/10/04/apn-publishes-climate-synthesis/

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