E-Environment day @ WSIS forum 2011

May 18, 2011

 Virtual Open Table

Publications by Basel Convention

Title: Guidance Document on the Environmentally Sound Management of Used and End-of-Life Computing Equipment

  • This publication of the UNEP Basel Convention Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) provides guidance for the environmentally sound management of used and end-of-life computing equipment with an emphasis on reuse and recycling, thereby diverting such used and end-of life products from final disposal operations such as landfills or incinerators. It summarizes the information contained in technical guidelines and findings of the PACE group on environmentally sound management criteria and transboundary movement.

  • Link: http://www.basel.int/industry/compartnership/documents.html

Title: Guideline on the environmentally sound testing, refurbishment and repair of used computing equipment

  • This guideline of the UNEP Basel Convention Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) on the environmentally sound testing, refurbishment and repair of used computing equipment promotes greater reuse of such computing equipment, through environmentally sound refurbishment and repair and the environmentally sound management of any discarded equipment or components. It provides concrete guidance applicable to refurbishment and repair facilities, including labeling/documentation, packaging, storage and handling of refurbished and repaired equipment.

  • Link: http://www.basel.int/industry/compartnership/documents.html

Title: Guideline on Environmentally Sound Material Recovery / Recycling of End-of-Life Computing Equipment

  • This guideline of the UNEP Basel Convention Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) describes the chain of steps that should be taken in order to ensure environmentally sound management in material recovery facilities that recycle electronics, and to encourage operators at each step to know about, work with, and take their responsibility for human health, safety and the environment, so that the entire value chain works in both an economically and environmentally sustainable manner.

  • Link: http://www.basel.int/industry/compartnership/documents.html

Publications by ITU

Title: Using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to Tackle Climate Change. (ITU-GeSI joint report)

  • Information & Communications Technologies (ICTs) can be used in a number of ways to meet the requirements of the three main pillars of the Bali Action Plan arising from COP-13 in December 2007: enhanced action on adaptation, cooperative action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and actions on mitigation of climate change and the recently adopted Cancun Agreements. ICTs can address these and the problems that all countries (particularly developing countries) face with respect to Climate Change. ICTs can be used to mitigate the impact of other sectors on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to help countries adapt to climate change. These impacts are described in this paper.

  • Link: http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/climatechange/itu-gesi-report.html

Title: Using Submarine Communications Networks to Monitor the Climate

  • This ITU-T Technology Watch Report gives an overview of how old and new submarine cables could be used for decades to come as a major resource and a real-time global network to monitor climate change and to provide tsunami warnings. Future generations of cables and associated components could have the capacity to directly measure climate variables, such as water temperature and salinity, as well as give pressure readings on the ocean floor. All this could be achieved over long periods of time at low cost. By encouraging technical standardization, ITU can facilitate implementation of this capacity.

  • Link: http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-T/techwatch/Pages/submarinenetworks.aspx

Title: ICT as an Enabler for Smart Water Management

  • Smart water management has become a key policy issue for the 21st century, as a growing number of factors are impacting the delivery of already scarce fresh water to millions of people. Economic growth, seasonal climatic conditions and rising population are all affecting availability of water resources. Moreover, a number of effects linked to climate change, such as lengthy droughts and extreme weather events, are worsening the situation. This ITU-T Technology Watch Report provides an overview of how ICT can be a strategic enabler for smart water management policies and surveys upcoming ICT standards that will enable smart water initiatives.

  • Link: http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-T/techwatch/Pages/smartwatermanagement.aspx

Title: The essential role and global importance of radio spectrum use for Earth observations and for related applications

  • Report ITU-R RS.2178 (10/2010) on Remote Sensing Systems (RS Series) provides an extensive overview of the use of spectrum by Earth observation radiocommunication applications as well as an overview of solar radio monitoring applications, and highlights benefits from spectrum use by the radio space service.

  • Link: http://www.itu.int/pub/R-REP-RS.2178-2010

Title: Use of remote sensing systems in the study of climate change and the effects thereof

  • Recommendation ITU-R RS.1883 (02/2011) on Remote Sensing Systems (RS Series) includes guidelines on the provision of satellite-provided remote sensing data for the purpose of studying climate change and also provides a summary of status of major climate variables and forcing factors.

  • Link: http://www.itu.int/rec/R-REC-RS.1883-0-201102-I/en

Title: Use of Radio Spectrum for Meteorology: Weather, Water and Climate Monitoring and Prediction

  • This Handbook (joint initiative of WMO and ITU-R, Edition of 2008) provides comprehensive technical information on the use of radio frequencies by meteorological systems for climate monitoring disaster prediction and detection.

  • Link: http://www.itu.int/pub/R-HDB-45

Publications by WMO

Title: Climate Sense

  • Published in Leicester, England by Tudor Rose, the book was launched on the occasion of the World Climate Conference-3 (31 August - 4 September 2009 in Geneva, Switzerland). It illustrates the critical role played by nations and organizations in providing the necessary weather and climate data and products.
    Climate Sense brings together the authoritative views of numerous international, regional, national and local experts and stakeholders actively engaged in weather, climate and water observations, research, services and policy-making.
    Climate Sense describes the contributions of nations towards the implementation of global observing and information systems, research programmes and intergovernmental assessments to provide policy-makers with a clear representation of the climate system, including climate variability and change.

  • Link: http://www.wmo.int/e-catalog/detail_en.php?PUB_ID=543&SORT=N&q=Climate Sense

Title: WMO Statement on the Status of Global Climate

  • The Publication provides the annual status of climate worldwide including the observed Global Surface Temperature trend, regional temperature anomalies and observed extreme weather and climate events in many places of the World. The WMO Statements is updated on yearly basis and printed in several languages.

  • Link: http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/wcp/wcdmp/documents/1074_en.pdf

Title: Weather Extremes in a changing climate: Hindsight on Foresight

  • The facts in this brochure are drawn from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) annual Statements on the Status of the Global Climate. These summarize global and regional temperature trends and extreme weather events with high socio-economic impact. The statements review temperature, precipitation, severe storms, tropical cyclones and the evolution of snow cover and polar ice. This brochure also includes reflections on climate predictions, drawn from assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a body established by WMO and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
    Scientists are still studying the quantitative links between these events and climate change. Meanwhile, this brochure illustrates a qualitative fit between the facts observed about extreme events over the past decade, and the IPCC projections regarding the consequences of climate variability and change.

  • Link: http://www.wmo.int/pages/mediacentre/news/documents/1075_en.pdf

Title: WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin

  • The WMO’s Research Department publishes the WMO-Global Atmospheric Watch Annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletins. Each year, these bulletins will report the latest trends and atmospheric burdens of the most influential, long-lived greenhouse gases; carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O), as well as a summary of the contributions of the lesser gases. The Bulletins represent the consensus of a consortium of networks operated since the mid 1980s. These three major gases alone contribute about 88% of the increase in radiative forcing of the atmosphere by changes in long-lived greenhouse gases occurring since the beginning of the industrial age (since 1750).

  • Link: http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/arep/gaw/ghg/GHGbulletin.html

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