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Publish Date: 19 October 2016
The World Meteorological Organization is forecasting that the weather over large parts of the world will be influenced by cool-neutral to weak La Niña conditions over the coming few months. Today’s WMO Update finds that there is a 50-60% probability that weak La Niña conditions are developing that may persist into the first quarter of 2017. This is based on an expert assessment of the results of climate models run by the world’s leading prediction centers – around half of which predict that weak La Niña conditions will develop during the final quarter of 2016, while the others suggest a...
Publish Date: 24 October 2016
High greenhouse gas levels mark start of new era of climate reality Globally averaged concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached the symbolic and significant milestone of 400 parts per million for the first time in 2015 and surged again to new records in 2016 on the back of the very powerful El Niño event, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. CO 2 levels had previously reached the 400 ppm barrier for certain months of the year and in certain locations but never before on a global average basis for the entire year. The longest-...