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Updated: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:00:51 +0200

Jan-Sept temperatures break records

The global average temperature over land and ocean surfaces for September 2014 was the highest for the month since record keeping began according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). January-September tied with 1998 as the warmest such period on record.

10/22/2014 03:31 PM

Climate Field School Boosts Yields in Indonesia

Farmers in an Indonesian village which has taken part in Climate Field School programme run by the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) reported an increase of nearly 25% in this year’s corn harvest, strengthening local food security.

10/22/2014 03:31 PM

New WMO Bulletin

"Weather and Climate - Understanding Risks and Preparing for variability and extremes" is the theme of WMO's latest Bulletin 63(2).

10/20/2014 05:35 PM

World Food Day — Family Farming

The 2014 World Food Day theme - Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth” - has been chosen to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers. It focuses on the significant role of family farming in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas. The latest assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) highlights that all aspects of food security are potentially affected by climate change, including food production, access, utilization, and price stability.

10/16/2014 02:25 PM

WMO boosts collaboration with International Centre for Theoretical Physics

WMO and the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) have signed an agreement to boost cooperation, with particular regard to research, modelling, prediction and capacity building in weather, climate and water-related issues, especially in developing countries.

10/08/2014 03:54 PM

WMO/Oman International Workshop on Tropical Cyclone Forecasting

The Sultanate of Oman and WMO sponsored a workshop to improve operational tropical cyclone forecasting and warning, through providing training for forecasters in the most up-to-date techniques.

10/08/2014 03:29 PM

Thematic Session on Climate Science

The UN Climate Summit brought together a hundred Heads of Governments, alongside the financial world, business and civil societies to give new momentum to the search for answers to the challenges posed by climate change. During the summit on 23 September, the World Meteorological Organization was one of the sponsors of a Thematic Session on Climate Science to showcase how high-quality scientific information can support decision-making on climate change mitigation and adaptation. The U.N. Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and U.N. Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) were co-sponsors.

09/25/2014 12:02 PM

Arctic sea ice one of lowest on record

The area of sea ice in the Arctic fell to a summer minimum of around 5.0 million square kilometres this year. This is the sixth lowest extent in the satellite record and reinforces the long-term downward trend in Arctic ice extent, according to leading international scientific and research bodies. The findings were released by the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and the Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research. On September 17, 2014, sea ice extent dropped to 5.02 million square kilometers (1.94 million square miles), according to NSIDC. This appears to have been the lowest extent of the year. In response to the setting sun and falling temperatures, ice extent will now climb through autumn and winter. However, a shift in wind patterns or a period of late season melt could still push the ice extent lower.

09/25/2014 12:01 PM

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