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Bulletin nº Vol 69 (1) - 2020
Publish Date: 23 March 2020
The Volta River Basin covers a region of about 400 000 km2 with a population of approximately 29 million. The Volta Basin runs through the semi-arid to sub-humid areas of six countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali and Togo. The Basin is highly vulnerable to meteorological and hydrological events. Baseline socio-economic issues in the region are today exacerbated by considerable changes in the climate over recent decades – a reduction in precipitation and temperature increase.
Water stress, water-related hazards and water quality pose increasing challenges to modern society. And yet, the capacity to monitor and manage this vital resource is fragmented and inadequate. Billions of people around the world also feel the impact of climate change through water.
Publish Date: 22 April 2020
COVID-19 exacerbates socio-economic impacts of climate change, which accelerated in past 5 years In the 50 years since the first celebration of Earth Day, the physical signs of climate change and impacts on our planet have gathered pace, reaching a crescendo in the past five years, which were the hottest on record. That trend is expected to continue, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
Climate change will affect the availability, quality and quantity of water needed for basic human needs, thus undermining enjoyment of the basic rights to safe drinking water and sanitation for billions of people, warns the latest UN World Water Development Report. The authors call on States to make more concrete commitments to address the challenge.
The COVID-19 virus has led to localized improvements in air quality due to the reduction in economic activity from efforts to control the pandemic. But cuts in emissions as a result of the economic crisis triggered by COVID-19 will not substitute for concerted Climate Action.
Publish Date: 2 April 2020
The COP26 UN climate change conference set to take place in Glasgow in November has been postponed and will be rescheduled for 2021.
Publish Date: 23 March 2020
One of the biggest impacts of climate change is on water, which in turn affects sustainable development and security. But in contrast to internationally coordinated information about rising temperatures, data on water resources is patchy and incomplete.
Publish Date: 27 March 2020
WMO has just issued its twice-yearly Bulletin, with a focus on Climate and Wate r in accordance with the theme of World Meteorological Day and World Water Day. The Bulletin introduces WMO’s 70 th anniversary, although official commemorative activities have been scaled back because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Publish Date: 25 March 2020
The China Meteorological Administration (CMA) conducted online outreach activities this year to celebrate World Meteorological Day 2020. It includes a message from WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas and CMA Administrator Ms. LIU Yaming. You can find many other interesting outreach materials, including the online video of CMA's new meteorological exhibition hall and other colorful on-line commemorative activities.