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Publish Date: 18 January 2018
In a clear sign of continuing long-term climate change caused by increasing atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, 2015, 2016 and 2017 have been confirmed as the three warmest years on record. 2016 still holds the global record, whilst 2017 was the warmest year without an El Niño, which can boost global annual temperatures.
Publish Date: 7 May 2018
April 2018 was the third warmest on record, continuing the trend of above-average temperatures that has persisted for most of this century, according to data from the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts’ Copernicus Climate Change Service. There were also notable developments in long-term climate change indicators, including carbon dioxide levels and sea ice cover. April 2018 was marked by a number of high-impact weather events. These continued into early May with violent storms combining dust, high winds, lightning and rain that killed more than 100 people and injured about 300...
Publish Date: 4 May 2018
Urgent action is needed to address water-related disasters which accounted for 90% of the 1,000 most severe disasters that have occurred since 1990, according to the final outcome document – Making Every Drop Count - of the High Level Panel on Water, issued in March to kick off the International Decade for Action on Water for Sustainable Development.
Publish Date: 27 February 2018
WMO’s Regional Association VI (Europe) met from 7 to 9 February to agree priorities for future work, including relations with the private sector and improving strengthening disaster risk reduction.
Publish Date: 21 June 2018
WMO Executive Council has given its backing to the science implementation plan for a new Integrated Global Greenhouse Gas Information System (IG 3 IS) to help guide emission-reduction actions under the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Publish Date: 2 October 2018
WMO has signed an agreement with the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) to further strengthen meteorological cooperation. Under a Memorandum of Understanding signed by HKO Director Shun Chi-ming and WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas, HKO will support WMO’s initiative in establishing the Global Multi-hazard Alert System (GMAS).
Publish Date: 12 October 2018
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the World Bank are partnering to leverage WMO weather, climate and hydrological expertise to enhance developing countries’ resilience to climate change. At the margins of the World Bank Group Annual Meetings, WMO and the World Bank signed a new framework agreement to strengthen and streamline their cooperation in support of Member countries’ capacity to apply the best available science for resilient development.
Publish Date: 12 October 2018
A massive storm system brought historic flooding across South Eastern Europe in 2014, causing more than $2 billion in damages in Bosnia and Herzegovina and shrinking Serbia’s economy by nearly a full percent. Two years later, in August 2016, thunderstorms in the Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia dropped 93 liters of precipitation per square meter in just a few hours, sparking flash floods in the capital, Skopje, that killed at least 21 people .
Publish Date: 17 October 2018
The need to accelerate climate change adaptation and improve multi-hazard early warning systems to increase resilience to extreme weather took centre-stage at WMO’s Regional Association for Asia and the Pacific...