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UN-backed report reveals rising climate change risk across Africa

Petteri Taalas

Climate change contributed to mounting food insecurity, poverty and displacement in Africa last year, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and partners said in a report published on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. WMO Secretary-General, Petteri Taalas The State of the Climate in Africa 2020 report highlights the continent’s disproportionate vulnerability, but also reveals how investing in climate adaptation, early warning systems, ...

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Clean Air Day: UN releases Air Quality and Climate Bulletin

Petteri Taalas

The COVID-19 lockdown and travel restrictions led to a dramatic short-lived fall in emissions of key air pollutants in 2020, especially in urban areas. Many city dwellers saw blue skies instead of the pollution cloud. But the reduction was not uniformly spread across all regions or all types of pollutants. And many parts of the world still fell short of ...

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UN weather agency seeks to confirm 48.8°C ‘record’ heat spike in Sicily

Petteri Taalas

UN weather experts said on Thursday, August 12, 2021 that they were actively looking into a possible record temperature for Continental Europe of 48.8 Celsius (119.8 Fahrenheit) near the town of Syracuse in Sicily, amid devastating wildfires in Mediterranean countries and Russia. WMO Secretary-General, Petteri Taalas The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said that it could not yet confirm or deny ...

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WMO tasks Nigeria on sustainable environmental development

Petteri Taalas

The World Meteorological Agency (WMO) has urged the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) to effectively contribute to sustainable environmental development as new member of  WMO Executive Council. WMO Secretary-General, Petteri Taalas NIMet`s General Manager, Mr Muntari Ibrahim, in a statement on Thursday, July 8, 2021 in Abuja, quoted WMO Secretary-General, Prof. Petteri Taalas, as saying this in a letter of congratulation ...

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1.5°C could be reached in next five years – WMO

Petteri Taalas

There is about a 40% chance of the annual average global temperature temporarily reaching 1.5°C in at least one of the next five years – and these odds are increasing with time, according to a new climate update issued by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). WMO Secretary-General, Petteri Taalas There is a 90% likelihood of at least one year between ...

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UN chief calls for specific commitments, real action to fight climate change

Antonio Guterres

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for specific commitments and real action to fight climate change after speaking out about the severity of the climatic disruptions that have raged on the planet. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (rear, r) attends the joint hybrid news conference with Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organisation Petteri Taalas (on the screen) to launch the ...

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NiMet DG becomes Nigerian Permanent Representative to WMO

Prof Mansur Matazu

The Director General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Prof. Mansur Matazu, has become Nigeria’s Permanent Representative at the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). Director General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Prof. Mansur Matazu A statement signed by Mr Muntari Ibrahim, NiMet’s General Manager of Public Relations, on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in Abuja, said the appointment was in line ...

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Report suggests climate conditions should not inform COVID-19 control measures

Petteri Taalas

A study has cautioned that weather and climate conditions, including the onset of higher temperatures in the northern hemisphere spring, should not be used as a trigger to relax measures to halt the spread of the virus. WMO Secretary-General, Petteri Taalas This is contained in a World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Task Team report on Meteorological and Air Quality factors affecting ...

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Temperatures are set to rise, UN weather agency warns

Petteri Taalas

Temperatures in almost all parts of the world will likely rise between now and April despite the cooling influence of the latest La Niña weather phenomenon, which has passed its peak, UN climate experts said on Tuesday, February 10, 2021. WMO Secretary-General, Petteri Taalas “Impacts on temperatures, precipitation and storm patterns continue,” the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said in a ...

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UN says 2020 set to become Europe’s hottest year on record

Petteri Taalas

Europe has seen the hottest period on record from January to October, the UN World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said in its preliminary annual report on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. WMO Secretary-General, Petteri Taalas Other regions that have seen significant heat this year include the south-western U.S., northern and western parts of South America, parts of Central America and Chinese regions. ...

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