Atmosphere

Iran Phases Out CFC-based Metered-Dose Inhalers [viewed]

7 September 2011: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Ozone Secretariat have reported that Iran has become the first Asian-Pacific country to successfully phase out the use of metered-dose inhalers (MDIs) based on chlorofluorocarbon (CFC).  

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Secretary-General Calls for Climate-friendly Alternatives to Ozone Depleting Substances [viewed]

16 September 2011: The UN marked International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer on 16 September. In his statement to mark the Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the international community to avoid replacing ozone-depleting gases with high global warming potential substitutes.

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UNEP Executive Director Calls for Action on Short-lived Climate Forcers [viewed]

13 September 2011: UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner has called for action to reduce short-lived climate forcers (SLCFs), through regional air quality agreements or placing the issue on the agenda for Rio+20. 

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WMO Contributes to Extreme Weather Preparation in Pakistan [viewed]

WMO31 August 2011: Pakistan's Representative to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) noted that while individual events cannot be attributed to climate change, trends over the past two decades indicate a linkage.

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WHO Releases Compilation of Air Quality Data Sets for 1100 Cities [viewed]

September 2011: The World Health Organization (WHO) has made available a database containing air quality data sets for 1100 cities across 91 countries including an analysis of the burden of disease associated with urban outdoor pollution.

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WMO Secretary-General Elected Chair of UN-Water [viewed]

25 August 2011: The Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Michel Jarraud, has been elected as the Chair of UN-Water for a two year term.

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Event: Tenth WMO Scientific Conference on Weather Modification [viewed]

This World Meteorological Organization (WMO) conference is being organized in the following main areas: Weather Modification Research and the study of cloud and precipitation processes; and Weather Modification and the physical and socioeconomic environment. The presentations may report not only on scientific results but also on operational experience in weather modification supported with scientific studies/analyses.  

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Ozone OEWG 31 Considers HFC Phase-Down Proposal [viewed]

8 August 2011: The 31st meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 31) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer considered two proposals - one by the US, Canada and Mexico, and a second by the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) - to amend the Montreal Protocol to address hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

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Event: Ninth Meeting of the Editorial Board of Emission Factor Database (EFDB) [viewed]

This meeting is supported by the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  

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Event: WMO Regional Association VI Conference on Social and Economic Benefits of Weather, Climate and Water Services [viewed]

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is organizing this meeting in conjunction with MeteoSwiss and the Government of Switzerland. The meeting aims to promote and stimulate socio-economic assessments and studies among the Regional Association (RA) Members. It will provide a forum for discussing the outcomes of recent studies carried out by different Members and reviewing related methodologies. It is expected that the Conference will provide material for the development of regional guidelines on the subject with an outline of good practices, in order to build the capacity of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in the region for conducting socio-economic analyses and studies.  

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