Latest World Meteorological Organization Stories

2009-12-03 12:50:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Free Enterprise Project of the National Center for Public Policy Research is calling on Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers to cease lobbying for cap-and-trade in the wake of revelations regarding the integrity of processes underpinning the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's climate conclusions. The IPCC is the U.N. body that concluded man's activity is responsible for global warming. In a scandal now known as "Climategate," released...

2009-11-30 12:40:00

Following the leak of many private emails between some of the world's leading climate experts, scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have admitted to losing much of the raw temperature data it had stored. The UEA's Climate Research Unit (CRU) made the revealing announcement after requests were made for the data under the Freedom of Information Act. Roger Pielke, professor of environmental studies at Colorado University, filed a request for the data. "We do not hold the original...

2009-11-20 12:50:00

India's Environment Minister, Jairam Ramesh, on Thursday called on the rest of the world to avoid eating beef in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. "The single most important cause of (carbon) emissions is eating beef," said Ramesh, a vegetarian. "My formula is stop eating beef. This would stop the emission of methane," he added. Beef "leads to emission of methane which is 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide," he said. India is known to consume less meat than in Western nations,...

2009-09-16 13:40:00

Experts say the hole in the ozone is expected to be smaller in 2009 than it was a year ago, AFP reported. The World Meteorological Organization reported on Wednesday that conditions observed so far could indicate that the 2009 ozone hole will be smaller than those of 2006 and 2008 and close to that of 2007. The UN agency discovered the hole over the Antarctic in the 1980s. Experts there said it regularly tends to form in August, reaching a maximum size by late September or early October...

2009-08-31 13:10:00

Officials from the United Nations met on Monday to discuss setting up a worldwide weather surveillance system that would see all nations receiving earlier and more accurate warnings about hurricanes, droughts and floods, the Associated Press reported. The weeklong meeting in Geneva attracted around 1,500 officials, diplomats and scientists interested in helping the world better adapt to climate change. Some 15 heads of state, including those from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Slovenia,...

2009-08-20 06:50:00

On Wednesday, the World Meteorological Organization said that an El Nino current now in the Pacific Ocean would last until 2010, promising unpredictable disruption in weather patterns around the world. The WMO said that in June and July, sea surface temperatures in the eastern equatorial Pacific area were about 0.5 to one degree Celsius warmer than usual at this time of the year. "The expectation is for El Nino conditions to very likely prevail through the remainder of 2009 and into the...

2009-07-07 08:26:27

Suffering among the world's poorest people due to climate change is intensifying the need to find ways of adapting to warmer temperatures and potentially more droughts, floods and sea level rise, a University of Arizona professor wrote in a new report by the organization Oxfam International."Because the effects of climate change have unequal impacts, there is a clear need for strategies and funds for adaptation," Diana Liverman wrote in the foreword to Oxfam's July 6 report, "Suffering the...

2009-06-19 05:35:00

The US is already experiencing extreme weather, drought and heavy rainfall as a result of human-induced climate change, and the changes are likely to continue into the future, leading climate scientists reported on Wednesday. The report "Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States" forecasts hotter, drier conditions, resulting in "significant effects on the environment, agriculture and health" for the southwest region, according to experts from 13 US government science agencies,...

2009-03-23 13:30:00

Emerging nations in Asia and South America are becoming increasingly large contributors of greenhouse gas emissions, according to UN scientists. While pollution rates in Europe have been reduced over the past 20 years, emerging nations' air pollution rate actually increased as cities boomed. Scientists at the UN's meteorological agency reported these findings in advance of World Meteorological Day on Monday. Some two million people die each year due to air pollutants from a variety of...

2009-03-18 06:50:00

According to the 5th World Water Forum, nations should begin building defense systems to fight floods and drought which could be multiplying due to climate change. The group warned that water-related catastrophes are becoming more frequent and powerful.  Greenhouse gases are believed to be causing the problems. "Global warming is intensifying these disasters," said Avinash Tyagi, director of the climate and water department at the World Meteorological Organization, to the AFP. Tyagi...

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