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Publish Date: 20 May 2016
Global temperature records were broken yet again in April for the 12th consecutive month, the longest such streak in the 137-year record of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA ). Overall, 13 out of the 15 highest monthly temperature departures in the record have all occurred since February 2015. NOAA said the combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for April 2016 was 1.10°C (1.98°F) above the 20th century average of 13.7°C (56.7°F) - the highest temperature departure for April since global records began in 1880. This value surpassed the...
Publish Date: 20 November 2017
The United Nations Climate Conference (COP23) wrapped up on 17 November after two weeks of deliberations on implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change. In addition to national governments, cities and local state actors renewed their commitment to climate action.
Publish Date: 17 November 2017
A Global Island Partnership High Level Event took place during the United Nations climate change conference, highlighting the reality of climate change in Pacific and Caribbean islands, and efforts to increase resilience. The Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) initiative and World Meteorological Organization were among the supporters of the event.
Publish Date: 16 November 2017
WMO spearheaded a United Nations side event on supporting adaptation and mitigation under the Paris Agreement on the opening day of COP23 in Bonn on 6 November. Science plays a crucial role not only in supporting decision-making for mitigation and adaptation actions, but also in providing evidence about the progress made towards the Paris Agreement. Some examples include the WMO annual and multi-year Statements on the State of Global Climate, the assessments for needs to strengthen a global observing system for climate (GCOS), and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Assessment...
Publish Date: 11 September 2017
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has agreed the outline of its next comprehensive scientific assessment of climate change, the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). At a Session of the Panel in Montreal, Canada, the IPCC agreed the outlines of the three working group contributions to AR6, which will all be delivered in 2021. The next step for the IPCC is to invite nominations through Governments and observers organizations for authors from among the international research community, who will prepare the report.
Publish Date: 7 July 2017
June 2017 extended the spell of “exceptional global warmth” that has now lasted since mid-2015, according to the latest analysis from the Europe Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting Copernicus Climate Change Service. Average surface air temperatures were the second hottest on record, after June 2016.
Publish Date: 20 June 2017
Parts of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and southwestern USA have seen extremely high May and June temperatures, with a number of records broken. The heatwaves in Europe, which started unusually early, is now forecast to move eastwards to the eastern Mediterranean. They come as the Earth experiences another exceptionally warm year.
Publish Date: 19 June 2017
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Meteorological Organization have signed a memorandum of understanding to deepen cooperation to respond to climate variability and climate change, which, according to the agreement, "represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies, natural ecosystems and food security." Through their strengthened partnership, the two organizations will work on strengthening agro-meteorological services and making them more accessible to farmers and fishers; improve global and region-specific monitoring for early warning...
Publish Date: 23 May 2017
A major initiative to improve the generation and use of early warnings against extreme weather, earthquakes and a cascading range of hazards has been launched with a powerful plea from a tsunami survivor to build more resilient societies. Petra Nemcova, a model, lost her partner in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and survived with serious injuries by holding on to a tree for 8 hours, recalled the agony of hearing children cry for help and then fall silent as they were swept away by the waters. Her Happy Hearts Foundation has since opened 162 schools in 10 countries to help children who lost...
Publish Date: 15 May 2017
Senior representatives of the World Meteorological Organization and World Climate Research Programme joined scientists meeting at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn in warning of accelerating global climate impacts and called for more and better regional observation to help local populations build resilience to climate change with the help of more precise forecasts and modeling. This is particularly important given the fact that the current global average temperature is affecting different regions in different ways. While global climate models provide important projections, they...