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WMO Confirms 2019 as second hottest year on record

Geneva, January 15, 2020 – The year 2019 was the second warmest year on record after 2016, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s consolidated analysis of leading international datasets. Average temperatures for the five-year (2015-2019) and ten-year (2010-2019) periods were the highest on record. Since the 1980s each decade has been warmer than the previous […]

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WMO: Alliance for Hydromet Development launched

Madrid, Spain, December 10, 2019 – Twelve international organizations providing assistance to developing countries came together at the UN Climate Change Conference today to launch the Alliance for Hydromet Development. The members of the Alliance have committed collectively to ramp up action that strengthens the capacity of developing countries to deliver high-quality weather forecasts, early […]

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WMO: 2019 concludes a decade of exceptional global heat and high-impact weather

Madrid, December 3, 2019 – The year 2019 concludes a decade of exceptional global heat, retreating ice and record sea levels driven by greenhouse gases from human activities. Average temperatures for the five-year (2015-2019) and ten-year (2010-2019) periods are almost certain to be the highest on record. 2019 is on course to be the second […]

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WMO seasonal update indicates above-average temperatures

September 3, 2019 – Average sea surface and land temperatures across large parts of the world are forecast to be above normal in September-November, despite the expected absence of a full-blown El Niño event, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). El Niño and the Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is a naturally occurring phenomenon involving fluctuating […]

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IPCC climate change and land report marks critical contribution to global effort

August 9, 2019 – The first-ever comprehensive scientific assessment of the links between land and climate change is a critical contribution to efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions, tackle the impacts of global warming and protect food security, the World Meteorological Organization said today. The release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on Climate Change and […]

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Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference confronts cascading impacts of extreme weather and other natural hazards and of climate change

Geneva, May 9, 2019 – Climate change, population increase, urbanization and environmental degradation are amplifying the impact of extreme weather, water and climate events such as tropical cyclones, floods and extreme heat on growing numbers of people. Improved early warning systems and more coordinated disaster risk reduction are more important than ever before. An international […]

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Montreal Protocol assessment reveals healing ozone, untapped potential for climate action

Quito, 5 November 2018 –The latest Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion reveals a healing ozone layer, global warming reduction potential, and options for more ambitious climate action. The quadrennial review from the Scientific Assessment Panel of the Montreal Protocol will be presented here at the 30th Meeting of the Parties to this historic accord. Its […]

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Extreme weather persists in July, with widespread impacts

July 24, 2018 – Extreme weather, including record temperatures and heatwaves, drought and disastrous precipitation, has marked the first half of summer in the northern hemisphere. This has had widespread impacts on human health, agriculture, ecosystems and infrastructure and led to devastating wildfires. The persistency of high temperatures in some regions – including northern Europe […]

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July sees extreme precipitation and heat

July 10, 2018 – High impact weather, including extreme heat and disastrous precipitation, has marked the early part of summer in the northern hemisphere. Japan has suffered the worst flooding and landslide in decades, with many daily rainfall records broken. According to official government figures on 10 July, more than 150 people have lost their […]

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WMO and WHO tackle health impacts of pollution, extreme weather, climate change

GENEVA, 31 May 2018 – In the face of growing health impacts from extreme weather, climate change and air pollution, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and World Health Organization (WHO) have agreed to step up joint action to tackle environmental health risks that cause an estimated 12.6 million premature deaths every year. A new Collaboration […]

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World Meteorological Organization: El Niño / La Niña Update – December 2017

December 18, 2017 – Sea surface temperatures in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean have recently cooled to weak La Niña levels. Similarly, most atmospheric indicators are now consistent with the early stages of a La Niña event. Climate models indicate that weak La Niña conditions are likely to persist into the first quarter of 2018. A return […]

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WMO: Greenhouse gas concentrations surge to new record

October 30, 2017 – Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surged at a record-breaking speed in 2016 to the highest level in 800 000 years, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. The abrupt changes in the atmosphere witnessed in the past 70 years are without precedent. Globally averaged concentrations of CO2 […]