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Publish Date: 23 November 2017
Countries are meeting in Montreal this week to mark the 30th anniversary of the world’s most successful ever environment agreement, which halted the destruction of the protective ozone layer. The 197 parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances which Deplete the Ozone Layer are gathered in the Canadian birthplace of the treaty. This achieved a near 99 per cent phase-out of ozone destroying substances like chlorofluorocabons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), once commonly used in products ranging like refrigerants and aerosols.
Publish Date: 1 December 2017
With new funds provided by the Government of Canada, WMO and its partners are stepping up efforts to support disaster risk reduction in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Southeast Asia.
Publish Date: 12 May 2017
Thanks to the HimawariCast project led by WMO and the Japan Meteorological Agency, 14 countries in the Asia-Pacific can now access vital meteorological data from the Himawari-8 satellite. The project is sending teams to each of the countries to provide technical assistance for obtaining and using the data. As presented on the side lines of this week’s meeting of the WM Executive Council, the aim is to ensure that Himawari-8 data will continue to support improved preparedness in the face of natural hazards and disasters, which are occurring with increased frequency in the region. The Himawari-...
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: 3 July 2017
The World Meteorological Organization is supporting an international conference to bolster international collaboration to combat the growing problem of sand and dust storms. The conference in Tehran from 3 - 5 July is hosted by the Department of Environment and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, with the cooperation of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat, UN Environment, the UN Development Programme, WMO and other UN entities.
Publish Date: 15 September 2017
The Earth’s protective ozone layer is well on track to recovery thanks to a highly successful environmental agreement which marks it 30th anniversary on 16 September. The Montreal Protocol on Substance which Deplete the Ozone Layer achieved a near 99 per cent phase-out of ozone destroying substances like chlorofluorocabons (CFCs) which were once commonly used in products ranging like refrigerants and aerosols.
Publish Date: 15 June 2017
The first milestone has been reached in developing a multi-hazard early warning advisory system for South-East Europe to improve forecasts and warnings about hazards such as floods, severe storms, droughts and heat-waves, which have caused serious damages in the region in recent years. Representatives of the World Meteorological Organization, development partner USAID, numerous meteorological and hydrological services of South-East Europe and stakeholder organizations gathered in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 14 to 15 June to discuss the establishment of a South-East European Multi-Hazard Early...