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2011-06-09 13:12:23

Experts said a U.N. plan to upgrade "space weather" forecasts can help the world cope with solar storms that might rack up to $2 trillion in damages if the sun repeated a giant flare of 1859. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said the sun is entering a more active phase due to peak in 2013 on about 11-year sunspot cycle.  Power supplies, air traffic control, communications and satellites can all be disrupted by storms. "We are increasingly being impacted by space weather,"...

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2011-05-23 13:45:00

The U.N. weather agency said on Monday that the La Nina weather pattern is easing and there are no signs that suggest a resurgence in the coming months. "The La Nina episode, which caused disastrously wet conditions in certain regions and drought in others, is coming to an end," the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said in a statement to the AFP news agency. According to the WMO report, the weather pattern, which is being blamed for extremely heavy downpours in Australia, Southeast...

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2011-04-13 06:30:00

A top climate specialist with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said Tuesday that despite variations in predictions of climate change trends, Europe should take action over the increase in droughts and floods across the union. "There are some robust areas like Siberia, we know what the climate will be, another robust area is the Mediterranean, because the models tell the same story," said Zbigniew Kundzewicz, review editor of IPCC's chapter on freshwater resources. "Climate...

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2011-04-05 11:05:00

In the spring of 2011, the ozone layer that protects us from harmful levels of ultraviolet rays has shown a record loss in the Arctic region, according to the U.N. weather agency. The continued presence of ozone-depleting substances in the atmosphere coupled with a very cold winter in the stratosphere is to blame. Although an international agreement from 1987 called the Montreal Protocol has successfully reduced the production and consumption of these ozone destroying chemicals, the long...

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2011-02-21 11:15:53

By Adam Voiland, NASA's Earth Science News Team An assessment report to be released this week by the United Nations Environment Program and the World Meteorological Organization shows that reducing emissions of two common air pollutants -- black carbon and gases integral to the production of ground-level ozone -- could slow the rate of climate change markedly over the next half-century. For decades, scientists have known both substances harm human health. More recently, evidence has emerged...

2011-02-17 21:26:48

How should a new 'IPCC for biodiversity' work? Leading world scientists offer prescription Scientific advice on the consequences of specific policy options confronting government decision makers is key to managing global biodiversity change. That's the view of leading scientists anxiously anticipating the first meeting of a new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)-like mechanism for biodiversity at which its workings and work program will be defined. Writing in the journal...

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2011-02-16 10:00:00

New University of Washington research has found that the world is already committed to a warmer climate because of emissions that have occurred up to now. The researchers said that there would continue to be warming even if the most stringent policies were adopted because there would still be some emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane. The team found that even if all emissions were stopped now, temperatures would remain higher than pre-industrial...

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2011-01-26 07:18:58

The La Nina weather pattern circulating through the eastern-central Pacific Ocean, which is behind the floods and extreme conditions in Australia, Asia, Africa and South America is one of the strongest ever and could last for four more months, according to the UN weather agency. "In atmospheric terms it has to be termed one of the strongest ever La Nina episodes," Rupa Kumar Kolli, head of world climate services at the UN's World Meteorological Organization (WMO), told the AFP news agency....

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2011-01-20 09:00:00

The average global temperatures recorded throughout the year place 2010 in a tie with 1998 and 2005 for the title of warmest year ever recorded, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced in a press release on Thursday. The WMO's findings corroborate a Wednesday report by the US-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), which also found that last year's global surface temperatures were the co-hottest noted by meteorologists since they began keeping track of such...

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2010-12-03 06:15:00

The year 2010 is on track to be one of the three hottest years on record, capping off a record-setting decade that provides further evidence that the planet is warming, said the United Nation's World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on Thursday during climate talks in Cancun, Mexico. "2010 is almost certain to be in the top three warmest years on record," said WMO Secretary General Michel Jarraud during a press conference. "The decade from 2001 to 2010 has set a new record, it will be the...