The Executive Council of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) opened its annual meeting 15 May to review progress and challenges in providing weather, climate and water services to meet the growing needs of society.The development of cyclonic storm Mahasen, which could potentially impact more than 8 million people in the Bay of Bengal, underlined the vital role of meteorological warnings to protect lives and property.
Enhanced disaster risk reduction, improved quality and use of tropical cyclone warnings and public weather service delivery are on the agenda of the Executive Council.
The Executive Council will also consider atmospheric monitoring and research activities, including on air pollution and greenhouse gases. The importance of WMO’s Global Atmosphere Watch has been highlighted by observations from several stations in its network that carbon dioxide concentrations have exceeded the symbolic 400 parts per million mark. Carbon dioxide remains in the atmosphere for thousands of years, trapping heat and causing our planet to warm further, impacting on all aspects of life on earth.