extreme weather

World in grip of ‘high impact weather’ as US freezes, Australia sizzles, parts of South America deluged

“High impact weather” has gripped much of the world so far this year, the UN weather agency, WMO, reported on Friday, with “dangerous and extreme cold in North America, record high heat and wildfires in Australia, heavy rains in parts of South America, and heavy snow on the Alps and Himalayas.

News in Brief 24 January 2019

  • Venezuela’s anti-Government protests spark UN chief’s concern
  • An educated world spells progress, as UN marks new International Day
  • Mitigate extreme weather risks, urges new disaster risk report
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El Niño likely to contribute to worsening food situation for millions in Zimbabwe

Farmers in Zimbabwe have already struggled with erratic rainfall and a fragile economy this year, but now they look set to suffer the effects of an El Niño-related drought.  In a bid to help an estimated 3.9 million people who face severe food insecurity between now and April, the World Food Programme (WFP) and partners are stepping up relief to those most in need. WFP’s Niels Balzer spoke with UN News's Daniel Johnson.

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News in Brief 13 November 2018

  • UN food agency appeals for access to key storage facility amid fight for Hudaydah
  • Sea tragedy claims lives of Afghans trying to reach Greek islands
  • El Niño likely to cause worsening food situation for 3.9 million in Zimbabwe
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Devastating storms like Hurricane Florence ‘unusual this far north’: UN weather agency

In another manifestation of extreme weather conditions, hurricanes as strong as the Category 4 storm Florence - barreling towards the coast of the Carolinas in the United States - are rarely seen so far north, the United Nation’s weather agency (WMO) confirmed 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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News In Brief 10 July 2018

  • Accountability call for targeted South Sudan violence against civilians
  • Thai cave boys spared thundershower forecasts ahead of rescue: WMO
  • Indigenous peoples are among world’s poorest, says UN deputy rights chief
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UN agencies join forces against environmental risks that cause 12.6 million deaths a year

Two United Nations agencies are combining their expertise to counter the growing threat of extreme weather, climate change and air pollution, which cause more than 12.6 million deaths a year, it was announced on Thursday.