Atmosphere

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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Event: 10th Scientific Conference on Weather Modification [viewed]

This Conference is being organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and will consider weather modification research and the study of cloud and precipitation processes, and weather modification and the physical and socio-economic environment. Weather modification research topics will focus on: observational and laboratory studies; modelling studies; developments in seeding material and methods of delivery; and data analysis and statistical methods as applied to current and previous experiments and projects. Weather modification and the physical and socio-economic environment will address: environmental issues, user requirements and cost-benefit studies; inadvertent weather modification; and climate change and geo-engineering. The presentations may report on both scientific results as well as on operational experience in weather modification supported with scientific studies/analyses.  

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Multilateral Fund ExCom Supports China's Commitment to Cut HCFCs [viewed]

29 July 2011: During its 25-29 July 2011 meeting in Montreal, Canada, the 64th meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Multilateral Fund agreed to grant US$265 million to China to cut hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) emissions by 2015. The agreement is expected to lead to dual ozone and climate benefits.

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US, India Discuss Energy and Climate Change Cooperation [viewed]

19 July 2011: During the second annual meeting of the US-India Strategic Dialogue, the two countries committed to continuing to broaden and deepen their global strategic partnership, including efforts to address climate change, ensure mutual energy security, and build a clean energy economy that will drive investment, job creation, and economic growth throughout the 21st century.

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UNEP Launches Ozone Africa Media Award Prize [viewed]

27 June 2011: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Regional Office in Africa has announced the launch of the 2011 Ozone Africa Media Award. The award, which was established in 2010, aims to encourage the highest standards of excellence in environmental and scientific reporting, focusing on how ozone issues are addressed in Africa.

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