Extreme weather and climate events affected 62m people in 2018

A new report from the WMO says greenhouse gas concentrations are driving global temperatures towards increasingly dangerous levels

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Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere at record levels, says UN

A new report warns there is no sign of a reversal in this trend, which is driving long term climate change, sea level rise and more extreme weather

Global health, environment and climate change coalition launched

Many pollutants that damage health also harm the environment and contribute to climate change, including carbon from diesel engines and waste incineration

‘Extraordinary weather’ to make 2017 one of hottest years

This year has been forecast to be one of the three hottest years on record. The world has seen many high impact events in 2017, including catastrophic hurricanes and floods, heatwaves and drought, according to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). It found the average global temperature from January to September 2017 was round 1.1°C above […]

Carbon pollution grew at record pace last year

Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surged at a record breaking speed last year. New research by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) reveals it rose a level not seen in 800,000 years. It grew to 403 parts per million in 2016 due to a combination of human activities and the El Nino weather event […]

Record-breaking climate change pushes world into ‘unchartered territory’

Record breaking global temperatures last year have continued into 2017, pushing the world into “unchartered territory”. That’s according to the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), which reveals global temperatures hit 1.1°C above pre-industrial levels, sea levels touched record highs and the planet’s sea ice coverage dropped more than four million square kilometres below average last […]

2016 set to be the hottest year on record

It is very likely that 2016 will be the hottest year on record. New data released by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) showed that this year’s global temperatures are approximately 1.2°C above pre-industrial levels. That means global temperatures will be higher than the record-breaking ones in 2015. Temperatures for January to September this year have been about […]

CO2 concentration in atmosphere hits new high

Levels of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere reached a “symbolic and significant milestone” last year and surged to new records in 2016. It reached 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time for the entire year in 2015, marking the start of a “new era of climate reality”, according to the World Meteorological […]

UN calls on nations to adopt drought policies

The UN agencies are urging the nations around the world to adopt drought-management policies. The message from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) follows America’s experience of the worst droughts in decades and farmers from Africa to India struggling due to lack of rainfall. The WMO said the US drought and its ripple effects on global […]