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Publish Date: 7 April 2020
On World Health Day, WMO joins the global community in paying tribute to the work of all health professionals who are at the forefront of the COVID-19 response. WMO and National Meteorological and Hydrological Services support the work of WHO and national health authorities, which are the source of official information and advice on containing the Coronavirus pandemic at a time of global uncertainty.
Publish Date: 2 July 2019
An unusually early and intense heatwave has set new temperature records in Europe, posing a major threat to people's health, agriculture and the environment. Initial reports indicated that heat-health early warnings successfully limited the death toll.
Publish Date: 7 January 2020
Catastrophic and unprecedented bushfires in Australia have killed more than 28 people, destroyed hundreds of homes and burned hundreds of thousands of hectares of land, causing massive devastation to wildlife, ecosystems and the environment. The fires come after Australia's hottest, driest year on record. They have led to hazardous air quality in major cities throughout Australia, impacted New Zealand and sent smoke drifting thousands of kilometres across the Pacific to South America.
Publish Date: 12 December 2019
Chile, in its role as presidency, designated the UN Climate Change Conference, COP25, as the ‘Blue COP,’ in order to increase awareness of the impact of climate change on the ocean and to harness ocean science to support climate action.
Publish Date: 25 October 2019
WMO and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) held the first joint Symposium on Extreme Maritime Weather: Towards Safety of Life at Sea and a Sustainable Blue Economy
Publish Date: 25 September 2019
The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report highlights the urgency of prioritizing timely, ambitious and coordinated action to address unprecedented and enduring changes in the ocean and cryosphere.
Publish Date: 12 July 2019
Unusually hot and dry conditions in parts of the northern hemisphere have been conducive to fires raging from the Mediterranean to – in particular – the Arctic. Climate change, with rising temperatures and shifts in precipitation patterns, is amplifying the risk of wildfires and prolonging the season.
Publish Date: 1 August 2019
According to new data from the World Meteorological Organization and Copernicus Climate Change Programme, July matched, and maybe broke, the record for the hottest month since analysis began.
Publish Date: 12 June 2019
The eighteenth World Meteorological Congress renewed its commitment to gender equality and diversity by adopting an updated Gender Action Plan (GAP), strengthening the network of gender advocates in the WMO community and marking World Oceans Day with the theme “Gender and oceans”.
Publish Date: 1 July 2019
A new Ocean Observing System report card provides insight into the status of the global ocean observing system. With the current and increasingly urgent need for nations to take decisions related to the impact of climate change, the report card highlights the need for sustained ocean monitoring.