Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surged at a record-breaking speed in 2016 to the highest level in 800 000 years, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. The abrupt changes in the atmosphere witnessed in the past 70 years are without precedent.
Better observations needed to protect environment and save lives
Progress and challenges in improving maritime safety and services, strengthening environmental protection and expanding ocean observing systems are on the agenda of an intergovernmental commission of meteorologists and oceanographers. The meeting also aims to agree a roadmap for future priorities.
Geneva 23 October (WMO) - The recent spate of devastating tropical cyclones and fires has once again demonstrated the life-saving importance of weather forecasts and disaster warnings, which are critically dependent on radio frequency bands used around the clock by meteorological services.
The World Meterological Organization is holding a Science Summit as part of its continuing drive to ensure that the best possible science serves society in the best possible way to meet the challenges posed by fundamental changes in the environment and an ever-growing global population.
World Meteorological Organization initiatives to strengthen observations and predictions of weather, climate and ice conditions in response to rapid climate change in the Polar regions were showcased at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Iceland.
WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas joined leading global experts at a plenary session on Observing and Responding to a Changing Arctic on the opening day of the assembly on 13 October.