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Publish Date: 22 August 2016
The African Drought Conference (ADC) on "Enhancing resilience to drought events on the African continent" concluded today in Windhoek, Namibia, after adopting the Windhoek Declaration. The conference built on COP-11 of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, which was held in September 2013. It also served as a follow-up, in many ways, to the High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policies that WMO held in March 2013 in Geneva.
Publish Date: 2 August 2016
The world will soon start watching the 2016 Summer Olympic Games which kick off this Friday (5 August) at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. According to the Sports Weather Service , spectators and athletes in Brazil should expect some humidity and temperatures up to around 28°C (mid-80s°F) during the opening ceremony.
Publish Date: 3 August 2016
A new report confirmed that 2015 surpassed 2014 as the warmest year on record due to the combined influence of long-term global warming and an exceptionally strong El Niño event. The State of the Climate in 2015 report found that most indicators of climate change continued to reflect trends consistent with a warming planet. Several markers such as land and ocean temperatures, sea levels and greenhouse gases broke records set just one year prior. The report, led by NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information , is based on contributions from more than 450 scientists from 62 countries...
Publish Date: 17 August 2016
Scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York released their monthly analysis of global temperatures and revealed that the Earth’s temperature reached its highest point in the modern record in July.
Publish Date: 24 August 2016
The Republic of Vanuatu has created its Framework for Climate Services, making it the first Pacific Island nation to reach this milestone. The successful provision of climate information and services is a challenge for many Pacific Island nations, which may be hindered by social, financial and infrastructure issues. Vanuatu faces such realities, compounded by resource constraints, significant geographic isolation between and within its more than 80 islands, and over 80% of its population living in rural areas.
Publish Date: 18 August 2016
The Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP), which is co-sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and some 30 other partners, has officially released the “Handbook of Drought Indicators and Indices” on the sidelines of the African Drought Conference, which is taking place here from 15 to 19 August. “The Handbook addresses the needs of practitioners and policymakers, and is not an academic paper,” said Robert Stefanski, Chief, Agricultural Meteorology Division at WMO. “It is based on available literature and draws findings from...