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Publish Date: 18 January 2017
The year 2016 has been confirmed as the hottest year on record, surpassing the exceptionally high temperatures of 2015, according to a consolidated analysis by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
Publish Date: 4 January 2017
There are many compelling reasons why we need to clean up the global environment. One of the most pressing is that a polluted environment is a deadly one, according to a joint editorial by the heads of the World Health Organization (WHO), World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Every year, almost 12.6 million people die from diseases associated with environmental hazards, such as air, water or soil pollution, and climate change. That is one in four deaths worldwide. In a joint commentary, Margaret Chan (WHO), Petteri Taalas (WMO) and Eirk...
Publish Date: 11 January 2017
Demand for climate information to inform decision- and policymaking is growing as the private and public sectors recognize its relevance and value in mitigating and adapting to climate change. Users are seeking tailored and actionable climate information on a wide range of timescales, from past, current and future climate. Their needs are broad, including long-term decisions and planning, early warning of potential hazards and managing risks arising from climate variability and change.
Publish Date: 13 January 2017
Severe winter weather struck southeastern Europe, with extreme cold and snow in Italy, the Balkans and Turkey. This caused many accidents on roads, school closures, cancelled flights and hardship for the homeless and refugees. The Danube river and Bosporus sea strait were even closed for shipping. The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), which is part of the WMO Regional Climate Centre Network for Europe (WMO Regional Association VI), conducted a rapid analysis into the cold snap 7 – 11 January. It was supported by World Weather Attribution.
Publish Date: 26 January 2017
Europe’s regions are facing rising sea levels and more extreme weather, such as more frequent and more intense heatwaves, flooding, droughts and storms due to climate change, according to a European Environment Agency report. The report assesses the latest trends and projections on climate change and its impacts across Europe and finds that better and more flexible adaptation strategies, policies and measures will be crucial to lessen these impacts.
Publish Date: 31 January 2017
A new tool - the South Asia Drought Monitoring System (SADMS) – is expected to provide comprehensive information about drought onset and progression. It will help improve early warning and management of a serious natural hazard which has a severe impact on agricultural production and livelihoods. The South Asian Drought Monitoring System and its online portal was demonstrated at a regional workshop held in New Delhi on 30 January. It is the outcome of a three year project, and was developed by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) supported by the World Meteorological...
Publish Date: 30 January 2017
China is a major contributor to WMO’s Education and Training Programme. There are two WMO Regional Training Centre (RTC) Component in China : RTC-Nanjing at NUIST and RTC-Beijing in the...
Publish Date: 30 January 2017
The international Antarctic Circumnavigation expedition (ACE) on board of the vessel Akademik Treshnikov, held in the framework of the 62-nd Russian Antarctic expedition (RAE), began their research around Antarctica from Cape Town on 20 December 2016. 22 research projects had been competitively selected for the expedition. Their purpose is studying the southern ocean as one of the most important area that shape the Earth's climate, and the most interesting part of the planet, which ecosystems are the least on land subjected to anthropogenic impact.
Publish Date: 25 January 2017
This 16-panel image shows the continental United States in the two visible, four near-infrared and 10 infrared channels on the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI). These channels help forecasters distinguish between...