News / Press releases

IPCC takes decisions on future work
27 February 2015

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has taken a series of decisions to make its reports more accessible and involve developing countries more closely in its work.

The decisions, following a review of the future work of the IPCC over the past year and a half, pave the way for the IPCC to prepare its next cycle of reports, which will be initiated by elections for a new Bureau and Chair in October 2015. 

Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum
27 February 2015

The Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum has issued its seasonal predictions for the forthcoming March-May 1015 rainy season, which is important for agriculture and food security in a region vulnerable to both droughts and floods.

It predicted an increased likelihood of near normal to below normal rainfall over central parts of Sudan, central Eritrea, eastern Djibouti, much of Ethiopia, much of Somalia, most areas of Kenya, much of Tanzania, southwestern and northeastern Rwanda, southeastern Burundi, northeastern Uganda and southeastern parts of South Sudan.  Specifically, it said there is a 40% probability of near normal rainfall, a 35% probability of below normal rainfall and a 25% chance of above normal rainfall.

Boost for Cooperation on Tropical Cyclones
25 February 2015

Regional cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region is to be increased to build greater resilience to tropical cyclones and related hazards, which wreak a heavy economic and human toll.

At a meeting hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Bangkok, Thailand, 9-13 February, representatives from 17 Member countries/territories from two separate – and active - tropical cyclone basins agreed to a series of new initiatives.

IPCC agrees on Acting Chair after R.K. Pachauri steps down
24 February 2015

The Bureau of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) agreed on Tuesday, in accordance with its procedures, to designate Vice-Chair Ismail El Gizouli as Acting IPCC Chair. The designation of Gizouli follows the decision by Rajendra K Pachauri, PhD, to step down as Chairman of the IPCC effective today.

The decision to name Gizouli was taken at a Session of the Bureau ahead of the 41st Session of the IPCC, which is being held on 24-27 February 2015. 

AMCOMET holds a successful session
18 February 2015

Ministers responsible for meteorology in Africa have renewed their commitment to National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) and endorsed a roadmap to strengthen service delivery.

The Third Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET-3) was hosted by the government of Cabo Verde, in Praia, from 13th -14th February 2015. The session focused on strengthening resilience to climate change and extreme weather through improved weather and climate services. These are vital to food security, water resource management, disaster risk reduction and health, as well as other key economic sectors like transport, energy and tourism.

WMO Issues The Climate in Africa in 2013
5 February 2015

The World Meteorological Organization has issued a report on the Climate in Africa 2013, the first in what is intended to be an annual series. It examines  temperatures, rainfall and extreme events on a continent which is especially vulnerable to natural climate variability and long-term climate change due to greenhouse gas emissions.

The year 2013, was one of the warmest years on the continent since at least 1950, with temperatures above average in most regions. Precipitation at the continental scale was near average, according to the report. 

African Ministers and Meteorologists Seek to Boost Resilience to Climate Change
3 February 2015

Weather and Climate Services Underpin Sustainable Development

3 February 2014, Geneva/Cabo Verde (WMO) - The urgent need to boost Africa’s resilience to natural hazards like the devastating floods which recently hit southern Africa is high on the agenda of meetings of ministers responsible for meteorological services and their directors.

The African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) on 13-14 February will focus on how to improve the provision and use of weather and climate services which will be vital to help the continent cope with shocks caused by extreme weather and climate change. It will be preceded by a meeting from 3-9 February of Permanent Representatives of African countries with WMO, who are directors of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services and by Technical preparation meeting for AMCOMET on 10-12 February. All meetings are being hosted by the Government of Cabo Verde.

Warming Trend Continues in 2014
2 February 2015

14 of 15 Hottest Years Have Been in 21st Century

Geneva, 2 February 2015 (WMO) The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has ranked 2014 as the hottest year on record, as part of a continuing trend. After consolidating leading international datasets, WMO noted that the difference in temperature between the warmest years is only a few hundredths of a degree – less than the margin of uncertainty.

Average global air temperatures over land and sea surface in 2014 were 0.57 °C (1.03°F) above the long-term average of 14.00°C (57.2 °F) for the 1961-1990 reference period. By comparison, temperatures were 0.55 °C (1.00°F) above average in 2010 and 0.54°C (0.98°F) above average in 2005,  according to WMO calculations. The estimated margin of uncertainty was 0.10°C (0.18°F).

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New Polar Challenge Launched
16 January 2015

Geneva/Tromsø (19 January 2015) The World Climate Research Program (WCRP) is launching a Polar Challenge to reward the first team able to send an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for a 2,000 kilometer mission under the sea-ice in the Arctic or Antarctic. 

The aim is to stimulate the development of a sorely-needed monitoring tool for the Polar regions and ultimately to expand scientific research capabilities and climate services in both the Arctic and Antarctic.

“The cryosphere is a major indicator of global climate change and plays a fundamental role in our climate system,” said WCRP Director David Carlson.

New Media Centre
13 January 2015

WMO has revamped the media centre on its website to centralize news and  information in a more user-friendly format.

The media centre provides details of WMO press releases, activities and  publications as well as news from National Meteorological and Hydrological Services around the world. It provides links to social media and multi-media content, including the acclaimed series of weather reports from the future.

It is initially available in English, French and Spanish.

The new media centre is part of continuing efforts at WMO to upgrade its website. This drive will be accelerated during 2015.