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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: 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.
Publish Date: 15 December 2015
The World Meteorological Organization strongly commends the world’s Governments for adopting the Paris Agreement last Saturday – and salutes the scientists whose work convinced the international community of the need for urgent action on climate change. “The Paris Agreement is a diplomatic triumph that reconfirms the invaluable role played by the United Nations in promoting global cooperation and action on humanity’s most pressing challenges,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud. “This Agreement will serve as an essential tool for guiding and motivating action by local and national...
Publish Date: 2 December 2015
The governments of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Luxembourg and The Netherlands have agreed to give more than US$80 million to equip up to 80 countries with better climate risk early warning systems. Countries from Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and, more broadly, nations in Africa will be the first to be supported from the so-called Climate Risk Early Warning Systems (CREWS). They are on the frontline of the most dramatic consequences of climate change and the least equipped with efficient early warning systems.
Publish Date: 23 December 2015
The year 2015 will be the second hottest on record in Europe, with mean annual temperatures just above the 2007 average and below the record set in 2014, according to an analysis by one of the World Meteorological Organization's regional climate centres. Much of eastern Europe was exceptionally warm, with temperatures higher than in 2014. Only in parts of Ireland were temperatures lower than the 1981-2010 long-term average, according to the Climate Indicator Bulletin from WMO's European Regional Climate Centre node on Climate Data operated by the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute,...
Publish Date: 11 December 2015
WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud was on a panel of a side event on Health Central to Climate Change Action. The event, moderated by Patrick Rampal , President of the Scientific Centre of Monaco, Bettina Menne , WHO Regional Office for Europe, and Génon Jensen , Executive Director, HEAL, highlighted that strong and effective action to limit climate change is needed to avoid risks to global health.
Publish Date: 4 December 2015
Southeast India, especially Tamil Nadu and Puducherry experienced unprecedented rainfall activity during November and early December 2015 leading to devastating flood over Tamil Nadu. The city of Chennai, home to nine million people, was worst affected. For the month of November 2015, Chennai has reported 1,024 mm (40.31 inches) of rain, more than 300 percent of the normal rainfall that is expected for the entire month, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). December also continued this wet pattern as more than 300 mm (12 inches) of rain fell in Chennai on the first day of...