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Publish Date: 9 April 2020
Depletion of the ozone layer, the shield that protects life on Earth from harmful levels of ultraviolet radiation, is at an unprecedented level over large parts of the Arctic this spring because of the continuing presence of ozone-depleting substances in the atmosphere and a very cold winter in the stratosphere. The stratosphere is the second major layer of the Earth’s atmosphere, just above the troposphere.
Publish Date: 7 April 2020
On World Health Day, WMO joins the global community in paying tribute to the work of all health professionals who are at the forefront of the COVID-19 response. WMO and National Meteorological and Hydrological Services support the work of WHO and national health authorities, which are the source of official information and advice on containing the Coronavirus pandemic at a time of global uncertainty.
Publish Date: 6 April 2020
New Swiss government funding will enable the World Meteorological Organization to provide United Nations agencies and humanitarian actors with new services for optimising emergency response, especially in the event of tropical cyclones or flooding in developing countries.
Publish Date: 3 April 2020
The annual week-long meeting of the World Meteorological Organization’s Hurricane Committee, which reviews the previous season and prepares for the forthcoming one, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Publish Date: 2 April 2020
The COP26 UN climate change conference set to take place in Glasgow in November has been postponed and will be rescheduled for 2021.
Publish Date: 24 March 2020
The headquarters of Croatia’s Meteorological and Hydrological Service (DMHZ) were severely damaged by a major earthquake which hit the capital Zagbreb on 22 March.
Publish Date: 24 March 2020
Efforts to control the Coronavirus pandemic have reduced economic activity and led to localized improvements in air quality . But it is too early to assess the implications for concentrations of greenhouse gases which are responsible for long-term climate change. Carbon dioxide levels at key observing stations have so far this year been higher than last year.
Publish Date: 27 March 2020
WMO has just issued its twice-yearly Bulletin, with a focus on Climate and Wate r in accordance with the theme of World Meteorological Day and World Water Day. The Bulletin introduces WMO’s 70 th anniversary, although official commemorative activities have been scaled back because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Publish Date: 22 March 2020
Water and climate are inextricably linked. We feel the effects of climate change mostly through water: more floods, more droughts, and more pollution. At the same time, we can tackle climate change through water, according to a joint message issued by Gilbert F. Houngbo, Chair of UN-Water and President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, and WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas for World Water Day and World Meteorological Day.
Publish Date: 20 March 2020
Flash floods cause more than 5,000 deaths worldwide annually, exceeding any other flood-related event. They have enough power to change the course of rivers, bury houses in mud, and sweep away or destroy whatever is on their path.