Nations urged to act now on floods, drought March 19, 2009 ISTANBUL: Nations should throw themselves into building defenses against floods and drought, which may already be multiplying due to climate change, the World Water Forum here heard on Tuesday. The biggest-ever gathering on tackling the world's water crisis was warned that water-related catastrophes are more frequent and more brutal, inflicting a rising toll in lives and damage, and greenhouse gases are fingered as a cause. "Global warming is intensifying these disasters," said Avinash Tyagi, director of the climate and water department at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=100168 http://www.guatemala-times.com/environment/924-5th-world-water-forum-highlights-day-2.html Mérida acogerá la celebración del Día Metereológico Mundial en Extremadura, bajo el lema "El tiempo, el clima y el aire que respiramos" 18/03/2009 El próximo lunes, día 23 de marzo, se celebra simultáneamente en los 188 países Miembros de la Organización Meteorológica Mundial (OMM), el Día Meteorológico Mundial (DMM) La celebración de este Día en Extremadura, tendrá lugar en el Hotel Mérida Palace, comenando a las 12,30 horas, con la presentación de los Actos por el Delegado Territorial en Extremadura de la AEMET, Sr. D. Adolfo Marroquín Santoña y, las palabras de bienvenida del Alcalde de Mérida, Ángel Calle Gragera.Asimismo, la apertura de los actos será a cargo de la Delegada del Gobierno en Extremadura, Carmen Pereira Santana y, la Directora General de Evaluación y Calidad Ambiental de la Junta, María A. Pérez Fernández, ofrecerá una conferencia sobre el tema �EL TIEMPO, EL CLIMA Y EL AIRE QUE RESPIRAMOS". http://www.regiondigital.com/modulos/mod_periodico/pub/mostrar_noticia.php?id=95281 Face à un siècle de catastrophes liées à leau 18/03/2009 Lurgence est de se mettre à la construction des moyens de défense contre les inondations et la sécheresse, qui commencent à se multiplier en raison des changements climatiques : tel est le principal message passé ce mardi au forum mondial de leau.....Le réchauffement climatique va provoquer l'intensification des catastrophes, a déclaré Avinash Tyagi, directeur du climat et de l'eau au département de l'Organisation météorologique mondiale (OMM). Au cours du siècle dernier, les températures ont augmenté de 0,74 degrés Celsius, mais elles ont connu une forte accélération au cours des 50 dernières années, a-t-il ajouté. Cela a coïncidé avec des changements dans les précipitations, entraînant à leur tour cette désormais tristement familière image de champs arides et de rues inondées. http://www.lepost.fr/article/2009/03/18/1462331_face-a-un-siecle-de-catastrophes-liees-a-l-eau.html La Comunitat ha tenido un invierno con temperaturas "extremadamente bajas" 19.03.09 El invierno que se marcha ha sido frío pero no tanto como parece en el conjunto de España. La Comunitat Valenciana, sin embargo, ha tenido temperaturas "extremadamente bajas para lo que es habitual", según la Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (Aemet)....Destacaron los episodios de precipitaciones muy intensas y muy localizadas a finales de septiembre y octubre en el estrecho, Murcia, Valencia y norte de Alicante. A pesar de ser fenómenos recurrentes en el Mediterráneo español, el caso de Sueca fue tan llamativo como para constar en la memoria de la Organización Meteorológica Mundial. http://www.lasprovincias.es/alicante/prensa/20090319/valenciana/comunitat-tenido-invierno-temperaturas- 20090319.html http://www.diariosur.es/20090319/sociedad/menos-frio-parece-20090319.html http://www.laverdad.es/albacete/20090319/sociedad_murcia/este-invierno-sido-calido-20090319.html Tom Bradbury: meteorologist and glider pilot March 19, 2009 Tom Bradbury was a meteorologist and glider pilot whose services to gliding were recognised by the award of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Paul Tissandier Diploma in 1983; he was also awarded lifelong membership of the Soaring Society of America...Bradbury was a contributor to the international scientific and technical organisation for soaring, OSTIV (Organisation Scientifique et Technique Internationale du Vol à Voile) and presented scientific papers at three of its congresses. Recently, he served as an expert reviewer of the World Meteorological Organisation/OSTIV handbook Weather Forecasting for Soaring Flight (to be published this spring). http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article5933720.ece Ozone: New Simulation Shows Consequences Of A World Without Earth's Natural Sunscreen ScienceDaily (Mar. 19, 2009 The year is 2065. Nearly two-thirds of Earth's ozone is gone -- not just over the poles, but everywhere. The infamous ozone hole over Antarctica, first discovered in the 1980s, is a year-round fixture, with a twin over the North Pole.....In the 1980s, ozone-depleting substances opened a wintertime "hole" over Antarctica and opened the eyes of the world to the effects of human activity on the atmosphere. By 1987, the World Meteorological Organization and United Nations Environment Program had brought together scientists, diplomats, environmental advocates, governments, industry representatives, and non-governmental organizations to forge an agreement to phase out the chemicals. In January 1989, the Montreal Protocol went into force, the first-ever international agreement on regulation of chemical pollutants. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090319090754.htm New supercomputer boosts BOM's predictions March 19, 2009 THE Australian Bureau of Meteorology and the Australian National University will spend $30 million on two new supercomputers that will more accurately predict cyclones, tsunamis and the effects of climate change. The supercomputer, which is being supplied by Sun Microsystems and will be the most powerful in the southern hemisphere, will be ten times more powerful than the Bureaus current system. It will be able to crunch 1.5 trillion calculations per second when it is at full operational capacity in two years time, Bureau of Meteorology chief information officer, Phil Tannenbaum said. http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,25209429-15306,00.html Other stories of interest Water efficiency vital, say experts March 19, 2009 AUSTRALIANS need to see the link between more efficient water usage and climate change, a panel of experts has warned. They said this was vital if the nation was to cope with worsening climate and drought conditions in future. The Intelligent Use of Water summit in Melbourne was told that as the atmosphere continued to warm through greenhouse gas emissions, water would become even scarcer - putting serious pressure on already dwindling supplies. http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/article/2009/03/19/63855_latest-news.html Britain's Chief Scientist: World Faces 'Perfect Storm' Of Problems By 2030 A "perfect storm" of food shortages, scarce water and insufficient energy resources threaten to unleash public unrest, cross-border conflicts and mass migrations as people flee from the worst-affected regions, the U.K. government's chief scientist will warn Thursday. In a major speech to environmental groups and politicians, Professor John Beddington, who took up the position of chief scientific adviser last year, will say that the world is heading for major upheavals which are due to come to a head in 2030. http://www.freeinternetpress.com/story.php?sid=20647 Five countries to get UN funds for reducing carbon emission 19 Mar 2009 NEW YORK: Five countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America will receive a fund of $8 million from a United Nations programme aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from forests while boosting local livelihoods. The Policy Board of the UN Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD) programme, at its inaugural meeting in Panama, approved $18 million in funding for the Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Tanzania and Vietnam...The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that the cutting down of forests is now contributing close to 20 per cent of the overall greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Five-countries-to-get-UN-funds-for-reducing-carbon- emission/articleshow/4284990.cms West Antarctica could melt if temperatures rise by five degrees March 19, 2009 OSLO The West Antarctic ice sheet may start to collapse if sea temperatures rise by five degrees, triggering a thaw that would raise world ocean levels by five metres (16ft), US scientists say.Such a rise in sea levels taking thousands of years would swamp many coasts and cities and wipe some lowlying Pacific islands off the map. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2009/0319/1224243068815.html Credit Crisis NOTHING Compared to Climate Change: Prince Charles 18 March, 2009 The current global financial crisis is "nothing" compared to the impact of climate change, Prince Charles warned last week as he called for urgent environmental protection measures. At the same time scientists indicated worst-case scenarios are probable, a hundred-month clock has been launched and the climate-change film Age of Stupid premiered http://www.travelmole.com/stories/1135287.php?mpnlog=1 Asia Climate Policy On Track 19-Mar-09 NEW DELHI - Asia's biggest carbon emitters face dual challenges this year that risk undermining their fight against climate change -- a global recession that's crippling domestic business and elections in a pivotal year.For the moment, however, there is little to suggest they've lost their pace in the drive to embrace cleaner energy policies, or a souring of goodwill toward achieving a broader climate pact at the end of the year to replace the Kyoto Protocol. http://www.planetark.org/enviro-news/item/52099 Temperature Rise May Trigger West Antarctic Thaw 19-Mar-09 OSLO - The West Antarctic ice sheet may start to collapse if sea temperatures rise by 5 degrees Celsius (9 degrees Fahrenheit), triggering a thaw that would raise world ocean levels by 5 meters (16 ft), U.S. scientists said. Such a rise in sea levels -- taking thousands of years -- would swamp many coasts and cities and wipe some low-lying Pacific islands off the map. http://www.planetark.org/enviro-news/item/52095 Singapore Firm Aims To Make Vessel Emissions Ship-Shape 19-Mar-09 SINGAPORE - When it comes to greenhouse gas emissions, the shipping industry is neither lean nor green.Ships carry about 90 percent of global trade, and until recently, such has been the demand for coal, cars and electronics, that there has been little concerted effort to rein in the growth of polluting emissions from ships. http://www.planetark.org/enviro-news/item/52102 WMO in the Media" is a daily compilation providing a snapshot of international media coverage of WMO-related issues that does not purport to be exhaustive. The information contained in the compilation is taken as is from sources external to the WMO Secretariat and are freely available on the Internet. 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