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WMO, WHO Issue Guidance on Heat Health Warning Systems
1 July 2015

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have issued new joint guidance on Heat–Health Warning Systems to address the health risks posed by heatwaves, which are becoming more frequent and more intense as a result of climate change.

“Heatwaves are a dangerous natural hazard, and one that requires increased attention,” said Maxx Dilley, Director of WMO’s Climate Prediction and Adaptation Branch, and Maria Neira, Director of WHO’s Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health. “They lack the spectacular and sudden violence of other hazards, such as tropical cyclones or flash floods but the consequences can be severe.”

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30 June 2015

A new WMO publication Seamless Prediction of the Earth System: From Minutes to Months provides a consolidated road map for future weather research to foster the science needed to make society less vulnerable to high-impact weather.

It synthesizes discussions and outcomes of the World Weather Open Science Conference held in Montreal in August 2014. . The conference brought together the entire weather science and user communities for the first time to review the state-of-the-art and chart the scientific frontiers for the next decade and more.

IMO Prize Awarded to Professor Dame Julia Slingo
24 June 2015

GENEVA 24 JUNE, 2015 (WMO) - The World Meteorological Organization has honoured Professor Dame Julia Slingo DBE, chief scientist of the Met Office in the United Kingdom, with the prestigious IMO Prize for her outstanding work in meteorology, climatology, hydrology and related sciences.

Norwegian partnership adds new capacity for climate services
19 June 2015

The Norwegian Refugee Council has signed an agreement with the World Meteorological Organization to send experts into the field to increase the capacity of national institutions to develop climate information and products that will help vulnerable African countries to cope with climate change, extreme weather and uncertain rainfall patterns.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) will loan meteorologists, hydrologists and other qualified personnel to help with the practical operationalization of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS). This is a multi-partner international initiative, spearheaded by WMO, to improve the provision and use of climate services like seasonal outlooks and drought monitors.  The priority focus is on agriculture and food security, disaster risk reduction, water management, health and energy.

New Renewable Energy App
17 June 2015

Smartphone users can now access the most reliable data on global renewable energy potential, for free, thanks to an application launched today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The Global Atlas pocket, now available on all platforms including BlackBerry® 10, iOS, Android™ and Windows Phone®, is the only global tool of its kind, combining 1,000 maps from 67 governments and 50 data centres to provide information on renewable energy resources anywhere in the world. “One of the major hurdles to worldwide renewable energy deployment is to mobilise investment flows commensurate with global needs,” said Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA Director-General. “The Global Atlas pocket helps bring more investment certainty to renewable energy prospectors and investors. Users can freely access data from geothermal potentials in the Caribbean to solar potentials in the Middle East and anything in between. It is an incredibly powerful tool.”

15 June 2015

The tropical Pacific atmosphere and ocean are currently at moderate El Niño levels. The majority of international El-Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) climate models suggest that tropical Pacific temperatures are likely to continue warming, and possibly reach strong El Niño levels, in the coming months. However, model outlooks made at this time are not as accurate as those made during the second half of the year, and hence more confident estimates of event strength will be available after mid-year. National Meteorological and Hydrological Services and other agencies will continue to monitor the conditions over the tropical Pacific for further El Niño development and will assess the most likely local impacts.

World Meteorological Congress agrees priorities for 2016-2019
12 June 2015

GENEVA 12 June 2015 (WMO) - The World Meteorological Organization’s quadrennial Congress ended today, with the adoption of a new strategic plan, and related budget as well as the appointment of a new Secretary-General.

The strategic plan sets out priorities for the post 2015 global agenda. These include disaster risk reduction; climate services to help climate change adaptation and sustainable development; capacity development; polar and high mountain region research and monitoring; and strengthened observing and information systems. It also envisages a more cross-cutting urban focus and greater emphasis on marine weather activities. 

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Climate Action video series: Tanzania and UK videos released
11 June 2015

The "Climate Action" GFCS video series has now two more videos:

"Climate action in Tanzania:  climate services for food security" explores how the GFCS Climate Services Adaptation Project in Africa is assisting the Maasai people to prepare for and cope with changing weather patterns and climate conditions.

WMO sets up new Small Island Developing States programme
11 June 2015

The World Meteorological Organization will set up a new programme dedicated to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Territories in a bid to increase their resilience to extreme weather events and other adverse impacts of climate change.

The World Meteorological Congress approved a resolution establishing the new programme to consolidate existing WMO actions to support enhanced weather and climate services in SIDS and Member Island Territories.

The International Cloud Atlas
11 June 2015

The World Meteorological Organization is advancing with a major project to revise and update the International Cloud Atlas. The aim is to produce a user-friendly, digital-based product which is an authoritative, comprehensive and up-to-date source of reference and is also interesting and accessible to a wide audience.