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Ministerial Conference Adopts Integrated African Strategy for Meteorology [viewed]

23 October 2012: The Second Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology adopted an Integrated African Strategy for Meteorology that seeks to address the challenges posed by climate change and extreme weather hazards.

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WMO, IGAC Release Report on Impacts of Megacities on Air Pollution and Climate [viewed]

16 October 2012: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) project have released a report, titled “Impacts of Megacities on Air Pollution and Climate.” The report provides an initial assessment of available information on air pollution and climate impacts in megacities globally.

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First South West Indian Ocean Climate Outlook Forum Warns of Low Precipitation Forecasts [viewed]

11 October 2012: The first South West Indian Ocean Climate Outlook Forum (SWIOCOF) was co-organized by Météo France, the Indian Ocean Commission (projet Acclimate) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). This first Forum built the capacity of meteorologists on the methods and tools used to develop seasonal climate outlooks, and tailoring them to the challenges faced by islands. 

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Guest Article #85: How Climate Services Can Help Countries Adapt to Climate Variability and Change [viewed]

The Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) was launched in 2009 by the World Climate Conference – 3 as a global partnership of governments and organizations that produce and use climate services[1]. This initiative of the United Nations system seeks to facilitate global access to continuously improved climate services in the four priority sectors of agriculture and food security, disaster risk reduction (DRR), health and water by the end of 2017. The objective for end-2021 is to facilitate access to improved climate services across all climate-sensitive sectors.

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Addis Ababa Declaration Supports Global Framework on Climate Services [viewed]

WMO30 September 2012: The African Union Commission (AUC), African regional economic communities and Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States have declared their support for the Global Framework on Climate Services (GFCS), a UN initiative spearheaded by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) which aims to strengthen and expand the provision of climate services.

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Guest Article #84: Evolving Research on Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

The scientific research on the impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change has evolved considerably over the last two decades as evidenced by the periodic assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This article charts the evolution of the science on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change over the last two decades.

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WMO Reports Arctic Sea Ice Is at a Record Low [viewed]

WMO21 September 2012: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported preliminary findings from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), which indicate that the Arctic sea ice minimum extent for 2012 was 3.41 million square kilometers, the lowest seasonal minimum extent since satellite records started back in 1979.

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International Ozone Day Marks Montreal Protocol's 25th Anniversary [viewed]

UNEP16 September 2012: The Secretariat of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol) celebrated the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer on 16 September 2012. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) marked the Day with the release of a newsletter titled “Protecting Our Atmosphere for Generations to Come: 25 Years of the Montreal Protocol.”

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Event: CLIMATE 2012 / KLIMA 2012 [viewed]

CLIMATE 2012 / KLIMA 2012 is being organized by the Research and Transfer Centre of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and will consider the themes "Climate Change, Island States and Sustainable Technologies". The conference will introduce the latest scientific findings and technological developments related to climate change, and examine their links with renewable energy in small island nations. The patron of the 2012 worldwide online climate conference is Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Secretary General of the African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) Group of States Secretariat. Partners include UNEP, WMO, OSS, UNESCO, SIDSnet, AOSIS, and IDRC. CLIMATE 2012 / KLIMA 2012 is also organized as part of the project "Small Developing Island Renewable Energy Knowledge and Technology Transfer Network" (DIREKT), funded by the ACP Science and Technology Programme, an EU programme for cooperation between the European Union and the ACP region (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific). DIREKT is a cooperation scheme involving universities from Germany, Fiji, Mauritius, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago with the aim of strengthening the science and technology capacity in the field of renewable energy of a sample of ACP small island developing states, by means of technology transfer, information exchange and networking.  

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WMO Reports on African Weather, Climate and Agriculture Seminars [viewed]

WMO31 August 2012: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported that, from July to September 2012, over 120 roving seminars on weather and climate are being held in 15 west African countries. The one-day workshops aim to help farmers become more self-reliant in dealing with weather and climate issues that impact agricultural production.

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