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Publish Date: 22 March 2017
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released its new, long-awaited, digitized International Cloud Atlas – the global reference for observing and identifying clouds, which are an essential part of weather, the climate system and the water cycle. It was released for World Meteorological Day on 23rd March.
Publish Date: 15 May 2017
A concerted international campaign to improve predictions of weather, climate and ice conditions in the Arctic and Antarctic has been launched to minimize the environmental risks and maximize the opportunities associated with rapid climate change in polar regions and to close the current gaps in polar forecasting capacity. The Year of Polar Prediction takes place from mid-2017 to mid-2019 in order to cover an entire year in both the Arctic and Antarctic and involves the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Germany’s Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) and a wide array of partners around the...
Publish Date: 30 June 2017
A global initiative is gaining momentum to improve multi-hazard early warning systems and so boost the resilience of the most vulnerable countries to extreme weather and the impacts of climate change. The Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) initiative aims to mobilize more than US$100 million by 2020 to strengthen risk information and early warning systems in least developed countries and small island developing states.
Publish Date: 12 September 2017
African leaders are coming together this week for action on modernizing weather and climate services, which inextricably link the Continent’s development, climate, and resilience agendas. Weather and climate drive nine out of ten disasters in Africa, threatening Africa’s hard-won development gains. Floods, droughts, tropical cyclones, and landslides continue to cause heavy damage and losses to livelihoods. Over the last two decades, these disasters have cost the continent US$10 billion dollars. Given the increasing climate variability, these disasters are projected to increase in frequency...
Publish Date: 11 October 2017
World Meteorological Organization initiatives to strengthen observations and predictions of weather, climate and ice conditions in response to rapid climate change in the Polar regions were showcased at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Iceland. WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas joined leading global experts at a plenary session on Observing and Responding to a Changing Arctic on the opening day of the assembly on 13 October.
Publish Date: 16 November 2017
Early results of Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems initiative presented at climate change conference Vulnerable communities in Africa and the Pacific and Caribbean are now benefiting from improved early warning systems against extreme weather as part of an international drive to boost resilience and climate change adaptation. But further investments are needed to reduce the risks from hazards like tropical cyclones, floods and drought.
Publish Date: 2 October 2017
Météo France International will help develop the capacity of Haiti’s national meteorological and hydrological service under a new contract signed with the World Meteorological Organization. The agreement is part of a wider international drive spearheaded by WMO and funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada to rehabilitate Haiti’s meteorological and hydrological service, destroyed in the 2010 earthquake, and reduce the extreme vulnerability to natural hazards such as tropical cyclones through better weather forecasts and climate services.
Publish Date: 18 October 2017
World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Secretary-General Petteri Taalas has awarded a certificate to the Headquarters of the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) accrediting it as a WMO Centennial Observing Station. The certificate was presented today to Hong Kong Observatory Director Shun Chi-ming at WMO Headquarters in Geneva.
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...
Publish Date: 16 May 2017
Recognizing that expanded and improved observations now make possible a broader assessment of global atmospheric chemistry, the WMO Global Atmosphere Watch programme has published a new report on global and regional trends in reactive gases. This group of gases includes such chemicals as surface ozone, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and volatile organic compounds, many of which are considered to be harmful pollutants. The first issue of the Reactive Gases Bulletin reviews long-term observation data on volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and discusses past and recent trends....