arctic

Extreme weather ‘record’ likely in Arctic Circle, says UN weather agency WMO

Reports that temperatures in a Russian town in the Arctic Circle likely reached a record 38C (100.4F), last weekend, have been approved by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) pending final verification, it said on Tuesday.

News In Brief 20 July 2018

  • Refugee health services on track despite new emergencies: UNHCR
  • Extreme weather grips Scandinavian states, Arctic: WMO
  • Syria returnees must have safe passage home: UNHCR
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Advances in polar predictions reduce climate risks: WMO

A two-year international effort to improve predictions of weather, climate and ice conditions in the Earth’s Polar Regions has been launched by the UN weather agency, WMO.

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UN-backed scientific boat completes record-breaking drift across Arctic

The United Nations-supported polar research boat Tara has broken free from the Arctic ice sheet after a record-breaking scientific expedition of over 500 days drifting across the top of the world to gauge the impact of global warming and pollution.