Latest World Meteorological Organization Stories

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...

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"...

Word of the Day
  • A style of popular dance music originating along the border between Texas and Mexico, characterized by the use of accordion, drums, and 12-string bass guitar and traditionally based on polka, waltz, and bolero rhythms.
The word 'conjunto' comes through Spanish, from Latin coniūnctus, past participle of coniungere, to join together; see conjoin