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Saturday, August 24, 2013

2012 State of the Climate Report - American Meteorological Society (AMS)

2012 State of the Climate

A report released by the American Meteorological Society (AMS), which was compiled by 384 scientists from 52 countries and peer-reviewed with scientists from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC, serving as lead editors... Read more

Notes from the EDITOR

by Pablo Gonzalez

Undoubtedly, the State of the Climate in 2012 report provides valuable information and analysis to help decision- and policy-makers understand changes in the so-called essential climate variables (ECVs) –as defined originally by the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) program in 2003 and updated in 2010, the impact of these changes and their drivers and/or contributors. Yet, one must understand its limitations given by the data and the actual complexity of Climate itself. For instance, as the authors explain in the introduction of this report, less than half of the ECVs are “fully monitored”. In other words, less than half of the ECVs are observed and analyzed across much of the world, and with sufficiently long-term data collections to make long-term projections. The remaining variables are “partially monitored” or not even included in the analysis... Read more

Monday, August 19, 2013

World Humanitarian Day

On this World Humanitarian Day, we join the United Nations and its humanitarian partners on the launching of a new global campaign to turn words into aid... Read more

We invite our member States to make full use of the instruments that they have created for a coordinated humanitarian assistance in the hemisphere, namely the Inter-American Convention to Facilitate Disaster Assistance, and the Inter-American Plan for Disaster Prevention and Response and the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance.