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Theme: Environmental challenges
Publish Date: 12 November 2018
The World Meteorological Organization has been awarded the 2018 LUI Che Woo Prize for Welfare Betterment. The citation recognizes that the persistent effort of WMO has been “pivotal in the tenfold reduction in global loss of life from extreme weather, climate and water-related events observed over the past half-century.”
Publish Date: 14 November 2018
It has been described as the most important report ever published in the 30-year history of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and an “ear-splitting wake-up call to the world.” The new report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C made headline news around the world with its stark message that limiting warming to 1.5 °C would require unprecedented transitions in all aspects of society.
WMO and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) have signed a formal agreement to work together to leverage WMO expertise on weather, climate and water to increase the effectiveness of GCF funded activities and support low carbon and climate resilient development.
A new joint WMO/World Bank commitment was announced with the creation of an Alliance for Hydromet Development aimed at boosting climate and weather science and information for a resilient world. The initiative was announced on 12 October at an event on “Investing in a Climate Adapted World” held during the 2018 International Monetary Fund/World Bank Group Annual Meetings in Bali, Indonesia.
WMO, together with the Government of Germany and the Geneva Water Hub, held a Mobilization for Water Data and Peace event on 27 November. Representatives from the Permanent Missions in Geneva attended to help advance the water data and peace agenda for sustainable development and to advocate for easily accessible and reliable water data to inform policy and decision-making in their national governments.
Climate science took centre stage at the 24th annual Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) negotiations from 1 to 14 December in Katowice, Poland, with repeated calls for action to rein in global temperature increases or risk irreversible impacts.
Publish Date: 29 November 2018
The long-term warming trend has continued in 2018, with the average global temperature set to be the fourth highest on record. The 20 warmest years on record have been in the past 22 years, with the top four in the past four years, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Other tell-tale signs of climate change, including sea level rise, ocean heat and acidification and sea-ice and glacier melt continue, whilst extreme weather left a trail of devastation on all continents, according to the WMO provisional Statement on the State of the Climate in 2018. It includes details of...
Publish Date: 10 December 2018
Meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement could save about a million lives a year worldwide by 2050 through reductions in air pollution alone, and the value of health gains from climate action would be approximately double the cost of mitigation policies at global level, according to a new report from the World Health Organization.
Publish Date: 14 December 2018
Climate science took centre stage as the annual United Nations climate change negotiations, which heard repeated calls for action to rein in global temperature increases or risk irreversible impacts.
Publish Date: 10 December 2018
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) have signed a formal agreement to work together to leverage WMO expertise on weather, climate and water to increase effectiveness of GCF funded activities and support low carbon and climate resilient development.