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  • Vulnerability, Risk Reduction, and Adaptation to Climate Change: Solomon Islands

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    This country profile synthesizes relevant data and information for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change, and it is designed as a quick reference source for development practitioners to better integrate climate resilience in development planning and operations. Sections in the profile include a climate baseline and climate future; climate change impacts on natural hazard vulnerability; sectoral climate risk reduction recommendations; existing adaptation framework/strategy/policy and institutional setup; and research, data and information gaps.

  • Potential Net Benefits from Improved Energy Efficiency of Key Electrical Products: The Case of India, with Extension to South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa

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    The report estimates the net benefits that cost-effective improvements in energy efficiency can bring to developing countries. The study focuses on four major electrical products in the world"s second largest developing country, India. These products - refrigerators, room air conditioners, electric motors, and distribution transformers - are important targets for efficiency improvement in India and in other developing countries.

  • Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)-Enabled Remote Monitoring of Rural Handpumps: A Proof-of-Concept Study

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    This paper reports on the design and testing of a new water-point data transmitter that can provide reliable real-time data on hand pump usage to address this information deficit. Using a low-cost integrated-circuit based accelerometer, the transmitter automatically monitors the number of strokes made in operating a hand pump, and then transmits this information over the Global System for Mobile Communications network.

  • Technology Roadmap: Solar Photovoltaic Energy

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    Since 2010, the world has added more solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity than in the previous four decades. Total global capacity overtook 150 gigawatts (GW) in early 2014

    The geographical pattern of deployment is rapidly changing. While a few European countries, led by Germany and Italy, initiated large-scale PV development, since 2013, the People’s Republic of China has led the global PV market, followed by Japan and the United States

    PV system prices have been divided by three in six years in most markets, while module prices have been divided by five

  • Evaluating Public Transit Benefits and Costs

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    This guidebook describes how to create a comprehensive framework for evaluating the full impacts of a particular transit service or improvement. It discusses best practices for transit evaluation and identifies common errors that distort results. Many of the techniques in this guide can be used to evaluate other modes, such as ridesharing, cycling and walking.

  • Climate Change and Response

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    Recent scientific developments indicate that climate change may be a far greater problem than previously feared. Climate change is on every country"s agenda, so what does it mean for organizations in the Asia Pacific region?

  • Climate Change: Energy Infrastructure Risks and Adaptation Efforts

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    This report examines (1) what is known about potential impacts of climate change on U.S. energy infrastructure, (2) measures that can reduce climate-related risks and adapt energy infrastructure to climate change and (3) the role of the federal government in adapting energy infrastructure and adaptation steps selected federal entities have taken.

  • NASA's Global Change Master Directory (GCMD)

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    The GCMD holds more than 29,000 Earth science dataset and service descriptions, which cover subject areas within the Earth and environmental sciences.Í The project mission is to assist researchers, policymakers and the public in the discovery of and access to data, related services and ancillary information (which includes descriptions of instruments and platforms) relevant to global change and Earth science research.Í Within this mission, the directory also offers online authoring tools to providers of data and services, facilitating the capability to make their products available to the E

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration Goddard Institute for Space Studies

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    The climate modeling program at GISS is primarily aimed at the development of coupled atmosphere-ocean models for simulating Earth's climate system. Primary emphasis is placed on investigation of climate sensitivity --globally and regionally--including the climate system's response to diverse forcings such as solar variability, volcanoes, anthropogenic and natural emissions of greenhouse gases and aerosols and paleo-climate changes.

  • Effects of a Special Solar Collector Greenhouse on Water Balance, Fruit Quantity and Fruit Quality Of Tomatoes

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    To reverse the water deficit problems induced by the variable and changing climate, a new agronomic approach was developed to produce tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum L.) in a sustainable way by using a special solar collector greenhouse consisting of finned tube heat exchangers on the quantity and quality of fruit, water use efficiency and water balance.

  • Agroforestry Systems in a Changing Climate: Challenges in Projecting Future Performance

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    Agroforestry systems are complex assemblages of ecosystem components, each of which responds to climate. Whereas climate change impacts on crops grown in monocultures can reasonably well be projected with process-based crop models, robust models for complex agroforestry systems are not available. Yet, impact projections are needed because of the long planning horizons required for adequate management of tree-based ecosystems.

  • Private Sector Initiative (PSI) - Database of Actions on Adaptation

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    This online database of case studies has been developed under the Private Sector Initiative (PSI) of the Nairobi work programme, and features good practices and profitable climate change adaptation activities being undertaken by private companies (sometimes in partnership with NGOs or the public sector) from a wide range of regions and sectors.

  • Practical Action

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    Practical Action uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries. Practical Action uses low cost, appropriate, small-scale development solutions to help people to help themselves. Activities are always people focused, locally relevant and environmentally sensitive. They provide a number of case studies and practical solutions from around the world.

  • Unleashing the Wind Potential in ECOWAS: Seeking Areas of Opportunity for Grid-Connected and Decentralised Wind Energy Applications

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    The demonstration discussed in this report illustrates the added value of the IRENA Global Atlas for initiating informed discussions on future wind energy developments in a region. The demonstration covers the ECOWAS region, with data sets supplied by ECREEE and involves a grid connected and an off grid scenario for wind energy, as a contribution to SE4All. The outcome of this demonstration will also be presented in the framework of the GEOSS AIP-6 and the results can be accessed as GIS layers at http://irena.masdar.ac.ae/?map=507.

  • Unleashing the Solar Potential in ECOWAS: Seeking Areas of Opportunity for Grid-Connected and Decentralised PV Applications

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    The demonstration discussed in this report illustrates the added value of the IRENA Global Atlas for initiating informed discussions on future solar developments in a region. The demonstration covers the ECOWAS region, with data sets supplied by ECREEE and involves a grid-connected and an off-grid scenario for solar photovoltaic, as a contribution to SE4All. The outcome of this demonstration will also be presented in the framework of the GEOSS AIP-6 and the results can be accessed as GIS layers at http://irena.masdar.ac.ae/?map=507.

  • The United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR)

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    The United Nations (UN) World Water Development Report, released each year with a focus on different strategic water issues, is the UN"s flagship report on water. It is a comprehensive review that gives an overall picture of the state of the world's freshwater resources and aims to provide decision makers with the tools to implement sustainable use of our water.

  • Observatory for Renewable Energy in Latin America and the Caribbean

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    The Observatory for Renewable Energy in LAC aims at joining efforts inside and outside the region to increase the presence of renewable energy in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean. The Observatory for Renewable Energy in LAC is therefore a tool that has set up the basis for the coordination and integration as well as the development and adoption of initiatives in LAC countries to meet the challenge of guaranteeing energy security in the region based on renewable energy sources.

  • World Water and Climate Atlas

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    The IWMI World Water and Climate Atlas gives irrigation and agricultural planners rapid access to accurate data on climate and moisture availability for agriculture. The Atlas includes monthly and annual summaries for precipitation, temperature, humidity, hours of sunshine, evaporation estimates, wind speed, total number of days with and without rainfall, days without frost and Penman-Montieth reference evapotranspiration rates.

  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

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    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts. In the same year, the UN General Assembly endorsed the action by WMO and UNEP in jointly establishing the IPCC.