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Publish Date: 10 August 2015
Information on recent earthquake activity in the eastern Reykjanes peninsula In recent weeks, increased seismic activity has been detected on the Reykjanes peninsula, including a M4 earthquake in late May...
Publish Date: 21 October 2015
WMO is participating in the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland, from 16-18 October to draw attention to the urgent need for better weather and climate observations and services in...
Publish Date: 22 December 2015
The WMO Secretariat thanks outgoing Secretary-General Michel Jarraud who stands down on 31 December 2015. He devoted more than 21 years to the organization, of which 12 were spent as Secretary-General. During Mr Jarraud's tenure, WMO increased its profile as the UN system's authoritative voice on weather, climate and water. Mr jarraud strengthened WMO's scientific and technical programmes, forged new strategic alliances and partnerships to build capacity and mobilize resources. He increased the transparency and effectiveness of the WMO Secretariat. He also oversaw major events such as the...
Publish Date: 17 November 2015
The first stone of a new headquarters for Haiti's national meteorological and hydrological service has been laid, as part of a WMO programme to improve weather and climate services and increase disaster resilience in the Caribbean nation. Full construction of the building, which will be resistant to earthquakes and hurricanes, is scheduled to begin in early January 2016 and be finished by September.
Publish Date: 4 December 2015
“Climate change is an issue of survival,” declared H.E. Anote Tong, President of Kiribati, the keynote speaker at the United Nations System side event co-sponsored by WMO on “Science-based climate information – building on evidence to implement policies,” on 4 December at COP21. Kiribati is one of the low-lying Pacific islands most at threat of rising sea levels. Even now, Kiribati is suffering more high tides, damage to homes and food crops and drinking water, and extreme weather. “Based on this experience and climate change projections, we are faced with very real possibility of our islands...
Publish Date: 7 December 2015
The High-Level, ministerial segment of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris kicked off today with calls to action to conclude an effective climate change agreement at the end of the week and a sense of confidence that this can be done. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reminded Ministers of the direction that more than 150 world leaders had provided on the first day of the meeting, and that they had pledged their full support for a robust agreement. "Never before have so many Heads of State and Government gathered in one place at one time with one common purpose. Leaders have assured me...
Publish Date: 8 December 2015
The 2015 Global Carbon Budget, released during the UN Climate Change negotiations, said that Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuels and industry increased by 0.6% in 2014, with a total of about 9.8 Gigatonnes of carbon (GtC (billion tonnes of carbon) emitted to the atmosphere. This is 60% above emissions in 1990, the Kyoto Protocol reference year. The report from the Global Carbon Project, which is co-sponsored by the World Climate Research Programme, said emissions in 2015 are projected to decline by -0.6% (range -1.6% to +0.5%).
Publish Date: 14 December 2015
An historic agreement to combat climate change and unleash actions and investment towards a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future was agreed by 195 nations in Paris today. The Paris Agreement for the first time brings all nations into a common cause based on their historic, current and future responsibilities. The universal agreement’s main aim is to keep a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.