GFCS News

4 Nov 2013
A closer look at climate panel’s findings on global warming impacts

Justin Gillis has provided a look at the forthcoming report on climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation options from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, based on a leaked final draft (dated Oct. 28) that was posted on the blog of Donna Laframboise, a longtime critic of the panel. 

4 Nov 2013
Global warming report sees violent, sicker, poorer future

Starvation, poverty, flooding, heat waves, droughts, war and disease already lead to human tragedies. They’re likely to worsen as the world warms from man-made climate change, a leaked draft of an international scientific report forecasts.
The Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will issue a report next March on how global warming is already affecting the way people live and what will happen in the future, including a worldwide drop in income. A leaked copy of a draft of the summary of the report appeared online Friday on a climate skeptic’s website. Governments will spend the next few months making comments about the draft.

4 Nov 2013
Climate change seen posing risk to food supplies

Climate change will pose sharp risks to the world’s food supply in coming decades, potentially undermining crop production and driving up prices at a time when the demand for food is expected to soar, scientists have found.
In a departure from an earlier assessment, the scientists concluded that rising temperatures will have some beneficial effects on crops in some places, but that globally they will make it harder for crops to thrive — perhaps reducing production over all by as much as 2 percent each decade for the rest of this century, compared with what it would be without climate change. And, the scientists say, they are already seeing the harmful effects in some regions.

 

10 Sep 2013

Through tracking changes in the climate, researchers aim to get a lead on West Nile virus outbreaks by anticipating where the insects that spread the disease will emerge. Like most vector-borne pathogens, West Nile virus has links to temperature and rainfall. However, the disease can go from surging epidemics to nearly negligible numbers of infections from one year to the next, even under similar weather conditions (ClimateWire, Aug. 20).

9 Sep 2013

A study projects how climate change may affect virus-carrying mosquitoes across the southern US; Changes are expected to vary with region, and the southern states should see a trend toward longer seasons of activity and smaller midsummer populations. The varied influence of climate change on temperature and precipitation may have an equally wide-ranging effect on the spread of West Nile virus, suggesting that public health efforts to control the virus will need to take a local rather than global perspective, according to a study published this week in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

28 Ago 2013

About 150 stakeholders attended a successful workshop in Pretoria, South Africa, to elaborate a Road Map for the implementation of a Framework for Climate Services in the country and future needs and opportunities for user-driven  services such as seasonal climate outlooks; drought and flood monitoring and warning services; and heat-health alerts.

21 Ago 2013
Workshop on Climate Services

The South African Weather Services, in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Affairs and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has convened a workshop on national implementation of the WMO Global Framework for Climate Change Services (GFCS). The workshop today, 19 August 2013, commenced on a favourable note with the Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Mrs Rejoice Mabudafhasi emphasising the importance of access to climate information to support decision-making at all levels. The Deputy Minister pledged her support for a process towards further exploring the implications of the GFCS for South Africa in the context of South Africa's strategic approach to responding to climate change and its impacts. The four-day workshop brings together more than 150 climate scientists, sectorial experts and decision-makers in climate change-related fields. The workshop seeks to explore the maturity of activities within the GFCS's five components, namely the user interface; the climate services information system; observations and monitoring; research, modelling and applications; and capacity development. The workshop will also address the immense variety of user needs for climate services in the country.

20 Ago 2013
Global climate framework to be moulded to South Africa’s needs

Government, stakeholders and industry on Monday embarked on a three-day workshop to adapt and align a recently tabled global framework to the nation’s climate change ambitions. The ‘Roadmap towards the national implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS)’ workshop, hosted by the Department of Environmental Affairs, the South African Weather Service and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), would explore potential implications of implementing the GFCS in South Africa.

18 Jul 2013

Geneva (10 July 2013) An ambitious international drive to cushion the impact of climate variability and change through the provision of user-orientated climate services like seasonal outlooks, drought and flood advisories will be accelerated thanks to decisions taken at an intergovernmental meeting organized by the World Meteorological Organization.

9 Jul 2013

Dr Laxman Singh Rathore, Director General of Meteorology & Permanent Representative of India with World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has been elected as Co-Vice Chairman of Intergovernmental Board of Climate Services (IBCS) during its first meeting held at Geneva during 1st to 5th July 2013.

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