June 2008

Feature articles




WMO statement on the status of the global climate in 2007

The analyses made by leading climate centres rank the year 2007 amongst the 10 warmest years on record. The Met Office Hadley Centre analyses showed that the global mean surface temperature in 2007 was 0.40°C above the 1961–1990 annual average (14°C) and hence marks the seventh warmest year on record. >> More



  Global crop production review, 2007

The following is an annual review of regional crop production, comparing 2007 with the previous year. For most countries, changes in production for 2007 are based on crop estimates released by the US Department of Agriculture in February 2008. >> More



WMO’s role in greenhouse-gas research and observations

Global-scale observations of atmospheric chemistry and physical property are carried out in order to obtain comprehensive understanding of current state and future projection of the Earth system. There is growing recognition that it contributes to proper addressing of global environmental issues such as global warming. Moreover, there are some phenomena on Earth system change that cannot be revealed by short-term observations. To detect these phenomena, a systematic and long-term observation is necessary. >> More




Sea-level rise and global climate change

Global averaged sea level continued to rise through 2006 and 2007. Modern satellite measurements reveal that since 1993, sea level has been rising at an average rate of about 3 mm per year, substantially faster than the average for the twentieth century of about 1.7 mm per year, estimated from coastal sea-level measurements. >> More



Disaster risk reduction under current and changing climate conditions

Scientific lecture given to Fifteenth World Meteorological Congress by Heather Auld entitled “Disaster risk reduction under current and changing climate conditions: important roles for the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services” (Geneva, 24 May 2007). >> More


Edward Lorenz

Edward Norton Lorenz

When Ed Lorenz, “one of science’s giants”, died on 16 April 2008, aged 91, media around the world announced the passing of the “pioneer of chaos theory”. >> More


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