Latest World Meteorological Organization Stories

2009-03-10 13:20:00

More than 2,000 climate scientists gathered in Copenhagen on Tuesday to focus on global warming's rapid acceleration, the AFP reported. New research suggests the impact of global warming could be even worse than predicted by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2007, with natural disasters like floods, drought, disease and extreme weather, arriving sooner rather than later. Scientists fear the possibility that human activity -- mainly the burning of oil, gas and...

2009-02-25 10:45:00

Glacier ice appears to be melting in the western portion of Antarctica and not only on the Antarctic Peninsula, scientists reported on Wednesday in conclusion to the 2007-2008 International Polar Year. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) alongside the International Council for Science (ICSU) released the "State of Polar Research" report today. The IPY took into account the work of more than 160 projects from researchers in more than 60 countries and received funding of about $1.2...

2009-01-09 12:35:00

On Friday, the United Nation's Weather agency WMO said that it might feel cold in Europe, but the world is getting hotter and global warming remains a danger."The Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization, Michel Jarraud, has stressed that we mustn't confuse the current weather that we're seeing with global warming," WMO spokeswoman Gaelle Sevenier told a news briefing.On Thursday, temperatures plunged to a record low in Germany and heavy snow plummeted down on Marseille in...

2008-12-30 08:05:00

According to Munich Re, one of the world's largest re-insurance companies, 2008 was one of the most devastating years in terms of natural disasters. The company said the effect of the disasters was greater than those in 2007. Munich Re believes climate change boosted the power of disasters like flooding and hurricanes.  The firm is calling for stricter laws on emissions to minimize future disasters. According to Munich Re's annual assessment, there were fewer "loss-producing events"...

2008-12-16 12:50:00

While 2008 will be recorded as one of the coolest years in the past decade, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said it is also the 10th warmest since records began in 1850. The global mean temperature for 2008 was 14.3 degrees Celsius (57.7 degrees Fahrenheit), reported climate scientists at the UK's Met Office Hadley Center and Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, who compiled data for the WMO, said. The 10 warmest years on record have all occurred since...

2008-12-16 10:20:00

Three major global climate-change projections scaled down to Oregon's Rogue River Basin point to hotter, drier summers with increasing wildfire risk, reduced snowpack and rainier, stormy winters, according to a report coordinated by the University of Oregon's Climate Leadership Initiative and the National Center for Conservation Science & Policy.Among the report's recommendations: a gradual relocation of structures and people from areas at most risk of flash flooding and wildfires and a...

2008-10-23 10:55:05

Some 2,000 scientists contributed to the Nobel Peace Prize-winning IPCC report on global warming. Next week, the local contingent will be honored. On the wall of Professor Kirk Smith's office in the School of Public Health hangs an embossed certificate honoring his contributions to the United Nations' Nobel Peace Prize-winning climate-change organization. Because of his groundbreaking work on the deleterious health effects of air pollution caused by indoor cooking and heating fuels around the...

2008-09-13 00:00:25

Alcoa Inc. said Thursday that Ken Martchek, manager for environment and sustainability at its North Side corporate center, was one of four employees who were recognized recently by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as playing a role in the organization winning a share of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. The intergovernmental panel, based in Switzerland, said the four contributed to the award as lead authors of guidelines nations use to report greenhouse emissions...

2008-09-11 15:00:29

Alcoa announced today that four of its employees played a part in the United Nations Organization's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) win of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. The IPCC, based in Switzerland, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change. The IPCC jointly shared the prize with former U.S. Vice...

2008-04-04 09:05:00

UN meteorologists say the cooling effect of the La Nina current in the Pacific will cause global temperatures to drop slightly this year. Michel Jarraud, secretary-general of the World Meteorological Organization, said it was likely that La Nina would continue into the summer. Global temperatures haven't risen since 1998, leaving many to question the climate change theory. However, experts say we are still clearly in a long-term warming trend and new record high temperatures are forecasted...

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