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Updated: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:15:16 +0200

WMO South America Regional Association: Focus on Improved Weather and Climate Services

WMO’s Regional Association for South America has agreed on key priorities to improve infrastructure and strengthen capacity of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) to deliver high impact weather, water and climate services. These are necessary to promote disaster resilience and climate change adaptation in a region which has witnessed severe drought and devastating floods in recent months.

09/19/2014 02:35 PM

WMO: Still Time to Act on Climate Change

There is still a window of opportunity to prevent dangerous climate change and preserve the planet for future generations. But it is closing fast, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which says that the urgent need to cut greenhouse gases is based on overwhelming scientific evidence.

09/19/2014 10:07 AM

Workshop on weather- and climate services in the LDCs in Asia

The Royal Kingdom of Bhutan hosted a WMO Regional Workshop on the provision of weather- and climate-related services in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in Asia, in Thimphu from 9 to 11 September 2014. The workshop brought together participants from National Meteorological and Hydrological Services of eight Asian LDCs, namely, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Nepal, Myanmar and Yemen. These countries belong to the WMO Regional Association II (Asia) and have varying climate conditions, from the high mountain regions in the North to the coastal in the South, including also some landlocked countries.

09/17/2014 03:51 PM

Record Greenhouse Gas Levels Impact Atmosphere and Oceans

he amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2013, propelled by a surge in levels of carbon dioxide. This is according to the World Meteorological Organization’s annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, which injected even greater urgency into the need for concerted international action against accelerating and potentially devastating climate change. The Greenhouse Gas Bulletin showed that between 1990 and 2013 there was a 34% increase in radiative forcing – the warming effect on our climate – because of long-lived greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2), methane and nitrous oxide.

09/09/2014 09:34 AM

Weather reports for the future

The World Meteorological Organization is releasing a series of imaginary – but realistic - 2050 weather reports from well-known television presenters designed to sensitize people about the local impacts of climate change. The report from Japan is set in September 2050. NHK presenter Hiroko Ida focuses on a prolonged heat-wave which has caused a record number of heat-related deaths; the bleaching of coral reefs due to rising ocean temperatures and acidification; and the risk of super-typhoons influenced by a warmer atmosphere and rising sea levels. The video also discusses the wider impact of global warming and the need to cut emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases.

09/04/2014 12:05 PM

Weather report for 2050 in Brazil highlights impact of climate change

The World Meteorological Organization has released the first in a series of imaginary – but realistic - 2050 weather reports from well-known television presenters designed to sensitize people about the local impacts of climate change.

09/03/2014 04:21 PM

WMO launches GFCS for SIDS partnership

As part of its contribution to the International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), WMO, on behalf of all its partners, has launched a new partnership for strengthening weather and climate services in SIDS in the Caribbean, South Pacific, Indian Ocean and other regions.

09/02/2014 05:18 PM

The Weather in 2050: Warmer, Wetter, Wilder - TV presenters highlight need for action at U.N. Climate Summit

Mega-droughts and deadly heatwaves. A year's rainfall in a month. Coastal cities under water. Destruction of ocean life. Invasive pests. Arctic cruises. These are some of the scenarios for 2050 from a series of imaginary but realistic reports which give a foretaste of warmer, wetter and wilder weather in the future.

09/01/2014 03:16 PM

Indonesian Climate Field School Supports Food Security

The Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) hosted a Training of Trainers of Climate Field Schools for Asia Pacific countries from 26 to 29 August. It was attended by participants from eight countries in the region and supported by WMO.

09/01/2014 11:20 AM

Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook

The Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum has issued its outlook for the rainfall season from October 2014 to March 2015.

09/01/2014 11:20 AM

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