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Publish Date: 21 March 2016
World Meteorological Day: Hotter, Drier, Wetter. Face the Future Geneva 21 March 2016 (WMO) - The year 2015 made history, with shattered temperature records, intense heatwaves, exceptional rainfall, devastating drought and unusual tropical cyclone activity, according to the World Meteorological Organization. That record-breaking trend has continued in 2016. The WMO Statement on the Status of the Climate in 2015 gave details of the record land and sea surface temperatures, unabated ocean warming and sea level rise, shrinking sea ice extent, and extreme weather events around the world.
Publish Date: 23 March 2016
The theme of the 2016 World Meteorological Day, on 23 March, is Hotter, Drier, Wetter. Face the Future.
Publish Date: 24 March 2016
WMO collaborated with the Geneva Environment Network to host a roundtable on World Meteorological Day that explored how UN and other partners can collaborate on promoting sustainable urban development and climate-smart cities. The roundtable was opened by WMO Assistant Secretary General Elena Manaenkova and featured presentations by a panel of experts from WMO, UN-Habitat, the World Health Organization, the UN Economic Commission for Europe, and the Swiss city of Onex.
Publish Date: 1 May 2016
The 37th Session of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) took place from 25 to 27 April 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. This annual meeting brought together 68 leading scientists, climate experts and planning staff from 18 countries to assess progress towards the organization’s objectives and to set the future science agenda. The two main objectives of WCRP are to determine the predictability of climate and the effects of human activities on climate. This information can be utilized in a wide range of practical applications of direct relevance, benefit and...
Publish Date: 13 May 2016
The previously strong 2015-16 El Niño is now weakening rapidly. However it is still likely to influence climate patterns in some regions until mid-year. Climate prediction models indicate a return to ENSO-neutral during May 2016, with odds now increasing of La Niña development in the third quarter. A resurgence of El Niño is highly unlikely in 2016. National Meteorological and Hydrological Services will closely monitor changes in the state of ENSO over the coming months. Ocean temperatures in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean exceeded +2.0 degrees Celsius above average between...
Publish Date: 13 May 2016
Some 350 scientists are gathering in Stockholm from 17 to 20 May under the auspices of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) to discuss the challenges of downscaling global climate models to generate regional climate data for decision-making. The conference will focus on advancing the Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX), which is a global framework for coordinating the regional downscaling of climate scenarios. "We will use this CORDEX conference to explore some very challenging questions about regional climate," said David Carlson, director of the WCRP, which...
Publish Date: 18 May 2016
Human activity has increased the direct warming effect of carbon dioxide (CO₂) in the atmosphere by 50 percent above pre-industrial levels during the past 25 years, according to NOAA's 10th Annual Greenhouse Gas Index . In 2015, the global average CO₂ concentration reached 399 parts per million, increasing by a record amount of almost 3 ppm. From the end of the Ice Age to the beginning of the industrial era, atmospheric carbon dioxide remained remarkably stable at 278 ppm.
Publish Date: 21 April 2016
Planet sends powerful message on Paris Agreement A prolonged run of record global temperatures and extreme weather, the rapid melting of Arctic ice, and widespread bleaching of ocean coral reefs underline the urgent need to sign and implement the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said that 2016 has so far overshadowed even the record-breaking year of 2015. “The magnitude of the changes has been a surprise even for veteran climate scientists. The state of the planet is changing before our eyes,”...
Publish Date: 16 November 2016
"Climate Services for Africa," a European Commission side-event organized in partnership with the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), brought together together global providers and users of climate services. It shared insights into present and future solutions that will assist with events such as El Niño and enhance the ability to address the challenges of adaptation, mitigation and disaster risk reduction, in Africa and around the world.
Publish Date: 3 June 2016
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has become the first UN specialized agency to formalize its relationship with the Green Climate Fund (GCF). By signing its accreditation master agreement with GCF, the WMO can now receive financial resources for climate action programmes and projects. This development represents an important milestone for both GCF and the UN system, signaling the role of the Fund in supporting international organizations to advance low-emission, carbon-resilient and adaptation programmes and projects through GCF in developing countries. Press release also available...