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WMO’s annual Executive Council meeting discusses weather services, climate change



June 18, 2014 | The World Meteorological Organization’s annual Executive Council meeting took place yesterday, following a year of extreme weather events and climate change developments.

The Executive Council of 37 members meets each year to “discuss progress in WMO priority programmes and service delivery.” This year’s agenda included 13 major items which ranged from disaster risk reduction and cyclone warnings to atmospheric monitoring of greenhouse gases, air pollution and sand and dust storms.

The World Meteorological Organization’s annual Executive Council meeting opened 18 June with a focus on providing better weather and climate services to protect a growing urban-based global population challenged by climate change, extreme weather events, pollution, pressure on water supplies and food insecurity.

“The year that has passed since our last session has been marked by a number of extreme weather and climate events: cold waves and major winter storms in North America; extremely high temperatures and heat waves from eastern Mongolia to eastern China as well as in Australia, Argentina, Brazil and South Africa; widespread and prolonged flooding in the UK and more recently extreme floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud.

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