Happy World Meteorological Day! (hotter, drier, wetter, faster)

Today, March 23, is World Meteorological Day! Check out the website to see what the world’s meteorologists have observed about our changing climate.

Image source: National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration

In honor of World Meteorogical Day, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released its annual Statement on the State of the Global Climate for 2016. This report is a yearly product obtained by combining weather and climatic data from multiple independently operated global climate centers to create a “snapshot” of Earth’s weather for the year. On Tuesday, WMO released a summary of highlights from 2016 under the headline, “Climate breaks multiple records in 2016, with global impacts.” Check it out.

Last Thursday, when asked at a press conference about the elimination of climate funding (even to monitor it) in the President’s March 16 federal budget proposal, Mick Mulvaney, head of the President’s Office of Management and Budget, had this to say: “We’re not spending money on that anymore; we consider that to be a waste of your money to go out and do that.” (See video).

Here are a few things the world’s climate experts said about the 2016 WMO report (The Guardian, March 21):

“The need for concerted action on climate change has never been so stark nor the stakes so high.” (Prof. David Reay, emissions expert, University of Edinburgh)

“Earth is a planet in upheaval due to human-caused changes in the atmosphere. In general, drastically changing conditions do not help civilisation, which thrives on stability.” (Jeffrey Kargel, glaciologist, University of Arizona)

“Our children and grandchildren will look back on the climate deniers and ask how they could have sacrificed the planet for the sake of cheap fossil energy, when the cost of inaction exceeds the cost of a transition to a low-carbon economy.” (Sir Robert Watson, climate scientist at the University of East Anglia and former head of the UN climate science panel)

Read more about the President’s federal budget proposal here, and consider taking action to influence Congress to pass a budget more considerate of our children’s futures.



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