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News in Brief 28 August 2020

  • UN Human Rights chief appeals for DR Congo "hero" Dr. Denis Mukwege amid surge in death threats
  • New shootings violence in Kenosha, Wisconsin shows need for better gun control, the UN Human Rights office, OHCHR, urges
  • Hurricane Laura just a taste of things to come, warns WMO Spokesperson
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Rising global temperature shows ‘enormous challenge’ of meeting climate goal

Annual global temperature is likely to be at least 1°C warmer than pre-industrial levels in each of the coming five years, putting globally agreed climate change targets in jeopardy, new data from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reveals.

Extraordinary ‘megaflash’ lightning strikes cover several hundred kilometres, smashing records

New records for extreme lightning bursts, or ‘megaflashes’, during 2019, have been made official, more than doubling the size and duration of the previous record flashes, the UN’s weather agency, WMO, announced on Thursday.

News in Brief 26 May 2020

  • Yemen aid lifeline nears breaking point as UN food agency appeals for $870 million
  • Governments must boost COVID-19 aid to vulnerable urban populations – UNHCR
  • Indian heatwave highlights coronavirus risks to national health systems: WMO
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COVID-19 effect casts cloud over weather alert accuracy: UN sky watchers

UN weather experts warned on Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic risks disrupting key forecasting services, including early warning alerts around the world.

‘Count every drop, every drop counts’: UN weather agency calls for better water data on World Meteorological Day

Floods, extreme rainfall, droughts and melting glaciers…many of the major signs of climate change involve water. On this year’s World Meteorological Day, the UN weather agency (WMO) is reinforcing the message of World Water Day, by focusing on the links between climate and water, and calling for better water-related data.

Flagship UN study shows accelerating climate change on land, sea and in the atmosphere

A wide-ranging UN climate report, released on Tuesday, shows that climate change is having a major effect on all aspects of the environment, as well as on the health and wellbeing of the global population.

Breaking the wrong kinds of records: 2019 state of climate report

Several climate records were broken in 2019 across the world, including unprecedented temperature highs and extreme weather events.

WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas sat down with Ben Malor from UN News, and started by outlining some of the main points from the study.

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Warmer months ahead for many parts of the planet: UN weather agency

Many parts of the world can expect above average temperatures in the coming months even without the presence of an El Niño event to drive warming, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Monday. 

2019 second hottest year on record, UN confirms

Last year was the second warmest year on record, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirmed on Wednesday.