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Publish Date: 5 February 2015
The World Meteorological Organization has issued a report on the Climate in Africa 2013 , the first in what is intended to be an annual series. It examines temperatures, rainfall and extreme events on a continent which is especially vulnerable to natural climate variability and long-term climate change due to greenhouse gas emissions. The year 2013, was one of the warmest years on the continent since at least 1950, with temperatures above average in most regions. Precipitation at the continental scale was near average, according to the report.
Publish Date: 27 February 2015
The Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum has issued its seasonal predictions for the forthcoming March-May 1015 rainy season, which is important for agriculture and food security in a region vulnerable to both droughts and floods. It predicted an increased likelihood of near normal to below normal rainfall over central parts of Sudan, central Eritrea, eastern Djibouti, much of Ethiopia, much of Somalia, most areas of Kenya, much of Tanzania, southwestern and northeastern Rwanda, southeastern Burundi, northeastern Uganda and southeastern parts of South Sudan. Specifically, it said...
Publish Date: 2 February 2015
14 of 15 Hottest Years Have Been in 21 st Century Geneva, 2 February 2015 (WMO) The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has ranked 2014 as the hottest year on record, as part of a continuing trend. After consolidating leading international datasets, WMO noted that the difference in temperature between the warmest years is only a few hundredths of a degree – less than the margin of uncertainty. Average global air temperatures over land and sea surface in 2014 were 0.57 °C (1.03°F) above the long-term average of 14.00°C (57.2 °F) for the 1961-1990 reference period. By comparison,...
Publish Date: 3 February 2015
Weather and Climate Services Underpin Sustainable Development 3 February 2014, Geneva/Cabo Verde (WMO) - The urgent need to boost Africa’s resilience to natural hazards like the devastating floods which recently hit southern Africa is high on the agenda of meetings of ministers responsible for meteorological services and their directors. The African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) on 13-14 February will focus on how to improve the provision and use of weather and climate services which will be vital to help the continent cope with shocks caused by extreme weather and climate...
Publish Date: 18 February 2015
Ministers responsible for meteorology in Africa have renewed their commitment to National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) and endorsed a roadmap to strengthen service delivery. The Third Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET-3) was hosted by the government of Cabo Verde, in Praia, from 13th -14th February 2015. The session focused on strengthening resilience to climate change and extreme weather through improved weather and climate services. These are vital to food security, water resource management, disaster risk reduction and health, as well...
Publish Date: 24 February 2015
The Bureau of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) agreed on Tuesday, in accordance with its procedures, to designate Vice-Chair Ismail El Gizouli as Acting IPCC Chair. The designation of Gizouli follows the decision by Rajendra K Pachauri, PhD, to step down as Chairman of the IPCC effective today. The decision to name Gizouli was taken at a Session of the Bureau ahead of the 41st Session of the IPCC, which is being held on 24-27 February 2015.
Publish Date: 25 February 2015
Regional cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region is to be increased to build greater resilience to tropical cyclones and related hazards, which wreak a heavy economic and human toll. At a meeting hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Bangkok, Thailand, 9-13 February, representatives from 17 Member countries/territories from two separate – and active - tropical cyclone basins agreed to a series of new initiatives.
Publish Date: 27 February 2015
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has taken a series of decisions to make its reports more accessible and involve developing countries more closely in its work. The decisions, following a review of the future work of the IPCC over the past year and a half, pave the way for the IPCC to prepare its next cycle of reports, which will be initiated by elections for a new Bureau and Chair in October 2015.