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Publish Date: 3 November 2016
Those who question the importance of climate change sometimes claim that reducing carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions into the atmosphere will have a very limited effect, because water vapour is the most dominant greenhouse gas. If that is the case, they wonder why bother so much about CO 2 and other greenhouse gases? Observations by the WMO Global Atmosphere Watch programme have helped to investigate this in some detail.
Publish Date: 1 November 2016
One certainty about sustainable development is that it will not be possible without taking climate change into account. And if there is a certainty about climate change, it is that humanity will not adapt to it without taking into account water resources management. In September 2015 when 193 countries at the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) these two certainties so greatly influenced decision-making that goal #6 was dedicated to water. SDG #6 is not only about the urgent need for clean water and sanitation for...
Publish Date: 4 November 2016
“Investments made in women and girls are great multipliers of development progress,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas, who recently joined the ranks of the Geneva Gender Champions with a commitment...
Publish Date: 11 November 2016
Hydro-climate services are essential because water lies at the heart of climate change adaptation. Improved water management will provide better adaptation possibilities in the food security, health, energy, disaster risk reduction and energy sectors.
Meteoworld : September 2016
WMO and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) have launched the Global Hydrometry Support Facility and Innovation Hub (GHSF). It brings together the World Hydrological Cycle Observing System...
Publish Date: 21 March 2016
WMO welcomed its new Secretary-General, Petteri Taalas, on 1 January. He came to the Organization following a tenure as Director of the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) from 2002 to 2015, which was interrupted from 2005 – 2007 when he served as Director of the WMO Development and Regional Activities Department.
Publish Date: 21 March 2016
Hotter, drier, wetter. Face the future. World Meteorological Day - 23 March 2016 Our climate is changing. This is not just a future scenario. It is happening now. The climate...
Publish Date: 24 August 2016
The Republic of Vanuatu has created its Framework for Climate Services, making it the first Pacific Island nation to reach this milestone. The successful provision of climate information and services is a challenge for many Pacific Island nations, which may be hindered by social, financial and infrastructure issues. Vanuatu faces such realities, compounded by resource constraints, significant geographic isolation between and within its more than 80 islands, and over 80% of its population living in rural areas.
Publish Date: 9 June 2016
As the world’s climate changes, hazards to human health are increasing. Droughts, floods and cyclones affect the health of millions of people each year. There is also a close relationship between climate and diseases such as diarrhea, malaria, meningitis and respiratory ailments, which cause death and suffering for many millions more. Fortunately, scientific advances have increased the range and accuracy of climate services that can be effectively used to protect public health from extreme weather and climate. These are showcased in a new collection of case studies from the World...
Publish Date: 23 March 2016
The theme of the 2016 World Meteorological Day, on 23 March, is Hotter, Drier, Wetter. Face the Future.