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U.N. warns of 'much extreme weather' ahead after hottest decade on record

Jan 16, 2020 - 1:33 AM

Scientists stress the urgent need to do more to counter the warming trend

HEAT WAVE. This file photo is a general view of a lake running dry on a hot summer day near Ajmer on June 2, 2019. Temperatures passed 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) in northern India as an unrelenting heatwave triggered warnings of water shortages and heatstroke. Photo by Himanshu Sharma/AFP

2017 set to be hottest non-El Niño year, says UN

Nov 06, 2017 - 11:21 PM

The UN's World Meteorological Organization says some 30 percent of the world's population now experience 'extreme hot temperatures' for at least several days each year

2017 is on track to be the hottest year on record except for two warmed by El Niño phenomena, says the UN's World Meteorological Organization.

UN reports Antarctica's highest temperatures on record

Mar 02, 2017 - 11:08 AM

Mapping Antarctica’s extremes is essential for understanding weather patterns and teasing out natural climate variability from human induced climate change the WMO said in a statement

View of Antarctica early in the morning after a snow shower, on March 13, 2014. Photo by Vanderlei Almeida/ AFP

Climate changing at 'unprecedented' rate – UN

Mar 22, 2016 - 8:37 AM

Temperatures in the first two months of 2016 soared to new highs following a year that broke all previous records by a wide margin the UN s weather agency says

A father holding up his child at a waterpark at the children's garden in the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, March 17, 2016. Wallace Woon/EPA

El Niño begins decline after 'powerful' impact – UN

Feb 18, 2016 - 7:37 PM

The weather phenomenon passes its peak but it will still remain until the middle of 2016

epa05106280 A picture made available on 17 January 2016 shows a Thai woman with children searching for snails and other life in the cracks of earth of a dried out lake in Udon Thani province, about 600km from Bangkok, in the Isan region of north-east Thailand, 16 January 2016. Many districts in Thailand, as many parts of the world, are battling changing weather patterns, and record breaking droughts, as governments try and ensure supply to city and rural regions by diverting precious stored water supplies for residential and agricultural use. EPA/BARBARA WALTON

Oman, Yemen warn coastal areas as severe cyclone approaches

Oct 31, 2015 - 10:08 PM

UN s World Meteorological Organization says that Chapala s wind speed is the equivalent of a category 4 hurricane

'Extremely severe' cyclone heading for Yemen, Oman

Oct 31, 2015 - 11:38 AM

The UN s weather agency says Chapala a super cyclonic storm could strike with hurricane force and dump torrential rain that may trigger landslides

'Isis' dropped from UN hurricane name list

Apr 18, 2015 - 8:53 AM

The World Meteorological Organization replaces Isis with Ivette on an alphabetical list of hurricane names for the eastern north Pacific region next year

FROM ISIS TO IVETTE. In this file photo, International Space Station astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti shows how Typhoon Maysak looks like from outer space. File photo by Samantha Cristoforetti/ESA

Ozone problem on course for fix by mid-century – UN

Sep 11, 2014 - 12:09 PM

Although it said the news for the ozone layer was generally good the 110 page report authored by 300 scientists also warned of potential pitfalls

The Antarctic ozone hole in 2011 and 2012. Images courtesy NASA/Ozone Watch

Carbon emissions causing southern Australia to dry

Jul 14, 2014 - 5:09 PM

Southern Australia suffered a decline in rainfall that began around 1970 and increased over the next four decades

TINDER DRY. Lake Hume, straddling the Victorian/New South Wales border, exposes once submerged trees after the dramatic drop in water level caused by a decade of drought caused the reservoir to fall below one third capacity on February 12, 2009. Torsten Blackwood/AFP

Preparing to withstand other extreme weather events

Mar 29, 2014 - 2:31 PM

Climate changes may also increase the danger of war because already scarce natural resources including drinking water will be under greater pressure

2013: Fast weather facts on an exceptional year

Feb 05, 2014 - 10:36 PM

2013 adds to a string of above average years for warming

2013 marked by record sea level, weather extremes: WMO

Nov 13, 2013 - 5:53 PM

The World Meteorological Organization WMO also estimates 2013 is on course to be one of the hottest since records began

MEGASTORM. As Super-Typhoon Haiyan moved over the central Philippines on Nov. 8 at 05:10 UTC/12:10 a.m. EDT, the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured this visible image. Photo courtesy NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Cyclone, hurricane, typhoon: different names, same phenomenon

Nov 10, 2013 - 10:17 PM

Typhoons hurricanes and cyclones are all violent tropical storms that can generate 10 times as much energy as the Hiroshima atomic bomb

MEGASTORM. As Super-Typhoon Haiyan moved over the central Philippines on Nov. 8 at 05:10 UTC/12:10 a.m. EDT, the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured this visible image. Photo courtesy NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Warmer Earth, humans to blame – UN panel

Sep 27, 2013 - 4:06 PM

UPDATED The UN climate panel predicts temperatures to rise 0 3 4 8ºC this century; sea levels to rise 26 82 cm by 2100

CLIMATE ALARM. Six years after their last diagnosis on global warming, climate experts present the new state of affairs: an increasingly alarming wakeup call. This file photo taken Feb 14 2013 shows shows smokes rising from stacks of a thermal power station in Sofia, Bulgaria. AFP / Dimitar Dilkoff

Past decade hottest on record - UN

Jul 03, 2013 - 9:11 PM

The first decade of the 21st century was the hottest on record marked by unprecedented climate and weather extremes that killed more than 370 000 people

COOLING DOWN. Children play in a water fountain along the Greenway as high levels of humidity and temperatures approached 95ºF (35ºC) in Boston, Massachusetts, USA 31 May 2013. EPA/CJ Gunther

2012 marked by extreme weather, Arctic ice melt - UN

Nov 29, 2012 - 10:48 AM

Extreme temperatures drought floods and the unprecedented loss of Arctic ice marked global weather in 2012 boosting concern at the march of climate change

Image credit: NASA