World Meteorological Organization

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  • Roads along the Yalu River are inundated by floodwaters in Dandong in northeast China's Liaoning province on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010. The Yalu, which marks China's border with North Korea, breached a dike Saturday after torrential rains, forcing the evacuation of more than 94,000 people. (AP Photos/Xinhua News Agency, Zhao Guiliang)

    U.N. blames humans for wild weather patterns of 2013

    A weather agency affiliated with the United Nations said in a report on Monday that humans are mostly to blame for the wild forecasts that rocked around the world in 2013.


  • UN agency: 2012 warmer than normal despite La Nina

    Despite early cooling from La Nina, 2012 is on track to become one of the top 10 hottest years on record, with the U.S. experiencing extreme warmth and Arctic Sea ice shrinking to its lowest extent, the U.N. weather agency said Wednesday.


  • UN: Concentrations of greenhouse gases hit record

    Global warming gases have hit record levels in the world's atmosphere, with concentrations of carbon dioxide up 39 percent since the start of the industrial era in 1750, the U.N. weather agency said Monday.


  • A swath of paddy fields is submerged by floodwaters in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

    U.N. says 2010 tied for warmest year on record

    The warmest year on record is a three-way tie: 2010, 2005 and 1998, says the U.N. weather agency, providing further evidence Thursday that the planet is slowly but surely heating up.


  • People walk past a sand sculpture made by activists of Oxfam, a group of non-governmental organizations, during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, Friday, Dec. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)

    Mercury busts charts; 2010 in top 3 hottest years

    A scorching summer that killed thousands in Russia and exceptionally mild winters in the Arctic were among extreme weather events that have put 2010 on track to be one of the three hottest years on record, U.N. experts said Thursday.


  • People walk past a sand sculpture made by activists of Oxfam, a group of non-governmental organizations, during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, Friday, Dec. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)

    Climate science chief sees `huge gaps' in research

    From the methane-laden tundra of the far north to the depths of the oceans, world governments need to spend more on cutting-edge research to "get a handle" on how much and how quickly the world will warm in decades to come, says the head of the U.N. climate science network.


  • People walk past a sand sculpture made by activists of Oxfam, a group of non-governmental organizations, during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, Friday, Dec. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)

    UN weather agency: scorching heat soon routine

    The brutal heat waves that killed thousands of Europeans in 2003 and that choked Russia earlier this year will seem like average summers in the future as the Earth continues to warm, the U.N. weather agency said Tuesday.


  • UN: greenhouse gas concentration at record level

    A report by the U.N. weather agency has found that greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere reached record levels in 2009.


  • Long, hot summer of fire, floods fits predictions

    Floods, fires, melting ice and feverish heat: From smoke-choked Moscow to water-soaked Iowa and the High Arctic, the planet seems to be having a midsummer breakdown. It's not just a portent of things to come, scientists say, but a sign of troubling climate change already under way.


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