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U.N. forecasts even warmer temperatures over next 5 years

Jul 09, 2020 - 9:50 AM

In 2020, the Arctic is likely to have warmed by more than twice as much as the global mean

Students take part in a march for the environment and the climate organised by students, in Brussels, on February 21, 2019. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)

Virus heightens heat wave health risks, U.N. warns

May 26, 2020 - 11:56 PM

The World Meteorological Organization urges governments to make plans to keep people safe during heat waves without spreading the novel coronavirus

Pandemic taking toll on weather and climate watch – U.N.

May 07, 2020 - 7:03 PM

Surface-based weather observations have also declined, especially in Africa and parts of Central and South America where many stations are run manually

WMO. A view of the building of the World Meteorological Organization on August 8, 2019 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.N. warns of 'much extreme weather' ahead after hottest decade on record

Jan 16, 2020 - 1:33 AM

Scientists stress the urgent need to do more to counter the warming trend

HEAT WAVE. This file photo is a general view of a lake running dry on a hot summer day near Ajmer on June 2, 2019. Temperatures passed 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) in northern India as an unrelenting heatwave triggered warnings of water shortages and heatstroke. Photo by Himanshu Sharma/AFP

The world in 2018

Dec 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A look back at some of the major events that marked 2018

Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, head to Tijuana in Mexico's Baja California State, after leaving Mexicali on November 19, 2018. - US President Trump has sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico and towards the US, in a move critics decry as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

Last 3 years hottest on record – UN

Jan 19, 2018 - 12:06 AM

(UPDATED) Consolidated data from 5 leading international weather agencies shows that '2015, 2016 and 2017 have been confirmed as the 3 warmest years on record,' the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says

Concentration of CO2 in atmosphere hits record high – UN

Oct 30, 2017 - 6:59 PM

The report also said that the last time Earth experienced similar CO2 concentration rates was 3 to 5 million years ago, when the sea level was up to 20 meters higher than now

EMISSIONS. The report also says that the last time Earth experienced similar CO2 concentration rates was 3 to 5 million years ago. Image from Shutterstock.

FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories

Sep 22, 2017 - 5:24 PM

Here's what you need to know about tropical cyclones and other terms used in everyday weather forecasts

U.S. climate pact pullout could add 0.3 degrees of warming – UN

Jun 02, 2017 - 8:02 PM

The head of the World Meteorological Organization s atmospheric research and environment department underscores the likely impact of US President Donald Trump s widely condemned decision remains far from clear

TRUMP. Donald Trump gestures to the camera at the Rose Garden of the White House on June 2, 2017. Screen shot from YouTube video.

UN reports Antarctica's highest temperatures on record

Mar 02, 2017 - 11:08 AM

Mapping Antarctica’s extremes is essential for understanding weather patterns and teasing out natural climate variability from human induced climate change the WMO said in a statement

View of Antarctica early in the morning after a snow shower, on March 13, 2014. Photo by Vanderlei Almeida/ AFP

6-story-high wave sets a record, says UN agency

Dec 14, 2016 - 1:13 PM

Scrutiny of data sent back by an automated buoy showed a monster wave rose at 0600 GMT on February 4 2013 at a remote spot between Britain and Iceland the WMO says

The Philippines is on the brink of a climate inferno

May 20, 2016 - 5:04 PM

Further delays in coming up with a political consensus to address the challenges of climate change can be catastrophic

Image by Alyssa Arizabal / Rappler

Climate changing at 'unprecedented' rate – UN

Mar 22, 2016 - 8:37 AM

Temperatures in the first two months of 2016 soared to new highs following a year that broke all previous records by a wide margin the UN s weather agency says

A father holding up his child at a waterpark at the children's garden in the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, March 17, 2016. Wallace Woon/EPA

El Niño begins decline after 'powerful' impact – UN

Feb 18, 2016 - 7:37 PM

The weather phenomenon passes its peak but it will still remain until the middle of 2016

epa05106280 A picture made available on 17 January 2016 shows a Thai woman with children searching for snails and other life in the cracks of earth of a dried out lake in Udon Thani province, about 600km from Bangkok, in the Isan region of north-east Thailand, 16 January 2016. Many districts in Thailand, as many parts of the world, are battling changing weather patterns, and record breaking droughts, as governments try and ensure supply to city and rural regions by diverting precious stored water supplies for residential and agricultural use. EPA/BARBARA WALTON

UN: 2015 set to be hottest year on record

Nov 25, 2015 - 10:11 PM

This is all bad news for the planet says World Meteorological Organization head Michel Jarraud

RECORD BREAKER. Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere broke a new record this year. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Global warming: Earth in 'uncharted territory'

Nov 09, 2015 - 11:46 PM

This represents an important marker as the world continues to warm due to human influence the Met Office says

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'Catastrophe' climate warnings as greenhouse gases hit new high

Nov 09, 2015 - 9:30 PM

Concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are now reaching levels not seen on Earth for more than 800 000 maybe even one million years the WMO says

EMISSIONS. A photo taken on October 31, 2013 in Haubourdin, northern France shows smoke from a factory. Photo by Philippe Huguen/AFP

New cyclone heading for Yemen – UN

Nov 06, 2015 - 9:40 PM

The new storm named Megh is brewing in the Arabian Sea and is expected to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm over the next 24 hours

YEMEN AID AS NEW CYCLONE COMES. Workers unload a newly arrived Ilyushin IL-76TD from the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations carrying much needed food aid supplied by Russia, at Sana’a International Airport in Sana’a, Yemen, November 5, 2015. Photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

Oman, Yemen warn coastal areas as severe cyclone approaches

Oct 31, 2015 - 10:08 PM

UN s World Meteorological Organization says that Chapala s wind speed is the equivalent of a category 4 hurricane

'Extremely severe' cyclone heading for Yemen, Oman

Oct 31, 2015 - 11:38 AM

The UN s weather agency says Chapala a super cyclonic storm could strike with hurricane force and dump torrential rain that may trigger landslides

Scientists point to narrowing gap for averting climate disaster

Jul 07, 2015 - 7:04 PM

Research shows the world is heading for double or more that on current greenhouse gas emission trends

CLIMATE CHANGE. French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech during the Climate and Territories World Summit held in Lyon, France, July 1, 2015. Photo by Ian Langsdon/EPA

Countries must deal with health risks of heatwaves – UN

Jul 01, 2015 - 4:05 PM

The UN s World Health Organization WHO and its World Meteorological Organization WMO are joining forces to create guidelines for experts and authorities for how to lower the health risks of heatwaves

HEATWAVE. Young girls play with the water-jets of a fountain on the Place des Nations during a heatwave alert in Geneva, Switzerland, August 19, 2012. File photo by Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

'Isis' dropped from UN hurricane name list

Apr 18, 2015 - 8:53 AM

The World Meteorological Organization replaces Isis with Ivette on an alphabetical list of hurricane names for the eastern north Pacific region next year

FROM ISIS TO IVETTE. In this file photo, International Space Station astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti shows how Typhoon Maysak looks like from outer space. File photo by Samantha Cristoforetti/ESA

Time now to act on looming water crisis, UN warns

Mar 20, 2015 - 10:58 PM

Without reforms the world will be plunged into a water crisis that could be crippling for hot dry countries the United Nations warns

WATER QUEUE. Yemenis fill jerry cans with water from a philanthropist-provided water tap in Radhma district, some 190 km south of Sana?a, Yemen, December 28, 2014. Yahya Arhab/EPA

Ozone problem on course for fix by mid-century – UN

Sep 11, 2014 - 12:09 PM

Although it said the news for the ozone layer was generally good the 110 page report authored by 300 scientists also warned of potential pitfalls

The Antarctic ozone hole in 2011 and 2012. Images courtesy NASA/Ozone Watch

'Alarm bells' as greenhouse gases hit new high – UN

Sep 09, 2014 - 8:39 PM

UPDATED WMO chief: We know without any doubt that our climate is changing and our weather is becoming more extreme due to human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels

AIR POLLUTION. Midday traffic moves slowly through air pollution which exceeds the level of 400 on the air quality index, rating a hazardous warning, in Beijing, China, 26 March 2014. Adrian Bradshaw/EPA

Declining likelihood of El Nino by year-end – UN

Sep 08, 2014 - 6:31 PM

There is now a 55 60 likelihood that El Nino could begin between September and November and a 70 chance that it will start from November to February said the World Meterological Organization

TALKING ABOUT THE WORLD. Alexander Strong (L, standing) reads a declaration from the WHO Climate Kids delegation to members of the World Health Organization (WHO) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) during the World Health Organization conference on health and climate change, in Geneva, Switzerland, 27 August 2014. Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA

Carbon emissions causing southern Australia to dry

Jul 14, 2014 - 5:09 PM

Southern Australia suffered a decline in rainfall that began around 1970 and increased over the next four decades

TINDER DRY. Lake Hume, straddling the Victorian/New South Wales border, exposes once submerged trees after the dramatic drop in water level caused by a decade of drought caused the reservoir to fall below one third capacity on February 12, 2009. Torsten Blackwood/AFP

New UN group to focus on health, climate change

Jul 08, 2014 - 10:11 PM

Scientists warn that floods droughts storms and rising seas will encourage diseases such as malaria dengue and cholera

BLUE SKIES? Residents of Artex compound live in the middle of polluted waters. Two UN agencies want to work together to look at the impact of climate change on health.

'Time running out' as CO2 levels hit new high: UN

May 26, 2014 - 8:02 PM

In April the mean monthly CO2 concentration in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million ppm throughout the northern hemisphere

SMOG. A woman covers her face with her sweater in the heavy smog in Haozhou, central China's Anhui province on January 30, 2013. AFP PHOTO

UN weather agency warns of 'El Nino' this year

Apr 15, 2014 - 9:36 PM

The UN weather agency warns there is a good chance of an El Niño climate phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean this year bringing droughts and heavy rainfall to the rest of the world

2013 disasters 'consistent' with human-made climate change –UN

Mar 24, 2014 - 7:32 PM

Typhoon Haiyan and the drought in Australia support the theory of human induced climate change

'Haiyan,' 3 others removed from int'l typhoon names list

Feb 26, 2014 - 5:23 PM

The names Haiyan Utor Fitow and Sonamu are removed from the international list of typhoon names by a UN committee on typhoons

MEGASTORM. As Super-Typhoon Haiyan moved over the central Philippines on Nov. 8 at 05:10 UTC/12:10 a.m. EDT, the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured this visible image. Photo courtesy NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

2013 one of hottest years

Feb 20, 2014 - 3:13 PM

2013 is one of the hottest years on record the World Meteorological Organization says What does that mean for us?

2013 6th hottest year, confirms long-term warming – UN

Feb 05, 2014 - 7:11 PM

WMO chief: Given the record amounts of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere global temperatures will continue to rise for generations to come

IT'S GETTING HOT IN HERE. A photo taken on October 31, 2013 in Haubourdin, northern France shows smoke from a factory. Philippe Huguen/AFP

Weak El Niño possible by mid-2014 – WMO

Jan 30, 2014 - 7:27 PM

For the first few months of this year meanwhile the WMO said there was a slight possibility of a weak and brief appearance of the El Niño s mirror image La Nina

HOT OR COLD? Sea surface temperatures for December 2013. The brighter the color gradient, the warmer the temperature. Image courtesy NASA's AQUA/MODIS satellite

2013 marked by record sea level, weather extremes: WMO

Nov 13, 2013 - 5:53 PM

The World Meteorological Organization WMO also estimates 2013 is on course to be one of the hottest since records began

MEGASTORM. As Super-Typhoon Haiyan moved over the central Philippines on Nov. 8 at 05:10 UTC/12:10 a.m. EDT, the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured this visible image. Photo courtesy NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Cyclone, hurricane, typhoon: different names, same phenomenon

Nov 10, 2013 - 10:17 PM

Typhoons hurricanes and cyclones are all violent tropical storms that can generate 10 times as much energy as the Hiroshima atomic bomb

MEGASTORM. As Super-Typhoon Haiyan moved over the central Philippines on Nov. 8 at 05:10 UTC/12:10 a.m. EDT, the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured this visible image. Photo courtesy NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Greenhouse gas in atmosphere hits new record

Nov 06, 2013 - 11:23 PM

The amount of greenhouse gases in Earth s atmosphere hit a new record high in 2012 continuing an ever faster rise that is driving climate change

A woman covers her face with her sweater in the heavy smog in Haozhou, central China's Anhui province on January 30, 2013. AFP PHOTO

Warmer Earth, humans to blame – UN panel

Sep 27, 2013 - 4:06 PM

UPDATED The UN climate panel predicts temperatures to rise 0 3 4 8ºC this century; sea levels to rise 26 82 cm by 2100

CLIMATE ALARM. Six years after their last diagnosis on global warming, climate experts present the new state of affairs: an increasingly alarming wakeup call. This file photo taken Feb 14 2013 shows shows smokes rising from stacks of a thermal power station in Sofia, Bulgaria. AFP / Dimitar Dilkoff

Past decade hottest on record - UN

Jul 03, 2013 - 9:11 PM

The first decade of the 21st century was the hottest on record marked by unprecedented climate and weather extremes that killed more than 370 000 people

COOLING DOWN. Children play in a water fountain along the Greenway as high levels of humidity and temperatures approached 95ºF (35ºC) in Boston, Massachusetts, USA 31 May 2013. EPA/CJ Gunther

El Niño, La Niña unlikely to make an appearance in 2013: WMO

Jun 26, 2013 - 8:43 PM

Forecasts show Pacific climate patterns were set to remain neutral through the rest of the year

2012 marked by extreme weather, Arctic ice melt - UN

Nov 29, 2012 - 10:48 AM

Extreme temperatures drought floods and the unprecedented loss of Arctic ice marked global weather in 2012 boosting concern at the march of climate change

Image credit: NASA