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Publish Date: 1 October 2018
INCHEON, Republic of Korea, 1 October 18 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) opened a meeting on Monday to consider its special report Global Warming of 1.5 ºC, including the impacts and associated risks of such a temperature increase. WMO and the UN Environment Programme, as co-sponsors of the IPCC, issued a brief to provide context and explanation of key concepts about the landmark report.
Publish Date: 30 July 2018
The unusually hot and dry summer in parts of the northern hemisphere has turned fields and forests into fuel for fires which are raging from the Arctic to the Mediterranean and West Coast of North America. These wildfires have caused dozens of fatalities and are devastating large regions, with far-reaching impacts for the environment, ecosystems, human health and the climate.
Publish Date: 15 June 2018
An international initiative to improve early warning systems against extreme weather and support climate change adaptation is gaining momentum to protect more people in more places. Financing has been extended to cover the Caribbean and West African regions. The Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) initiative, launched in 2015, has been operating in 19 countries in Africa and the Pacific. It is improving early warning systems to protect the most vulnerable populations against hazards like tropical cyclones and floods in Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States.
Publish Date: 18 May 2018
First ever Pan-Arctic Regional Climate Outlook Forum provides predictions for summer season A new Pan-Arctic Climate Outlook Forum has met for the first time to provide predictions for the forthcoming summer season as part of an international drive to improve weather, climate and sea ice forecasts in a region undergoing rapid environmental change.
Publish Date: 8 June 2018
WMO spotlight on oceans and climate, research, observations and safety World Oceans Day celebrates the central role of the oceans in our lives. It also seeks to sensitize people about the impact of human actions and encourage action to protect the oceans and preserve marine life and precious ecosystems. The focus for 2018 is stopping plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean.
Publish Date: 31 May 2018
GENEVA, 31 May 2018 - In the face of growing health impacts from extreme weather, climate change and air pollution, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and World Health Organization (WHO) have agreed to step up joint action to tackle environmental health risks that cause an estimated 12.6 million premature deaths every year.
Publish Date: 16 February 2018
The Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum has issued its seasonal outlook for the forthcoming March to May period, which is an important rainfall season over the equatorial parts of the region. Drought-hit areas including Somalia, southeastern Ethiopia and western Kenya may, once again, receive depressed rainfall, with far-reaching socio-economic and humanitarian implications.
Publish Date: 7 March 2018
WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas met with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed at UN Headquarters in New York for talks which included the state of the global climate.