Tanzania has launched the second phase of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) Adaption Programme in Africa project with the aim of increasing resilience of people most vulnerable to the impacts of weather and climate-related hazards.
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has signed a host country agreement with the Government of Nigeria for the WMO Sub-Regional Office for North Central and West Africa in Abuja. WMO is boosting its regional presence in order to improve services to Members, and strengthen relationships with development partners. WMO also has a sub-regional office in Nairobi, Kenya, for Eastern and Southern Africa. The WMO Regional office for Africa will be moved from Geneva to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in early 2019.
“Keep Cool and Carry on” is the theme of this year’s International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. It celebrates the progress in protecting the ozone layer and moves to phase out ozone depleting chemicals which are also potent greenhouse gases.
Two of the most dangerous tropical cyclones this year have made landfall, with devastating impacts. Hurricane Florence caused life-threatening storm surge, torrential rainfall and flooding to the southeast coast of USA. Typhoon Mangkhut in the western North Pacific, the most intense tropical cyclone this year, brought the equivalent of category 5 winds to the northern Philippines.
The world risks crossing the point of no return on climate change, with disastrous consequences for people across the planet and the natural systems that sustain them, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned on Monday, calling for more leadership and greater ambition for climate action, to reverse course.