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Climate Information User Group

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NECJOGHA is recruiting members of the Climate Information Users Group. Please send your details to join the mailing list. The members should be reporters, journalists and communicators disseminating climate information or users of climate information.
Contact email patrick_luganda@yahoo.com

Super Computers Vast Information For Development

By Patrick Luganda
Super Computers enable scientists observing and studying the atmosphere to make important discoveries and interpretations on vast amounts of data that is collected regarding the performance of various elements in the atmosphere.

Through collection of this data, the past, present and likely performance of the weather and climate in future can be predicted.

Ozone Hole Has Shrunk by 4 Million Square Kilometers Since 2000

US National Centre for Atmospheric Research( NCAR) scientists Doug Kinnison and Michael Mills are co-authors on a new study published in the journal Science. This is an excerpt from a news release by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) member institution, about the study.

June 30, 2016 | Scientists at MIT and elsewhere have identified the “first fingerprints of healing” of the Antarctic ozone layer, published today in the journal Science.

African Heroes and the Superpowers of Agriculture-OPINION

By Strive Masiyiwa,
For most people, the notion of a hero conjures up images of brave individuals risking their lives for others, or “superheroes” from comic books or films, armed with supernatural powers. But what Africa needs, each and every day, are heroes of a different sort – “action heroes” with ideas and vision, ready to respond to challenges that could determine the fate of a continent with a land mass larger than the United States, Western Europe, China and India combined. This is a lot of land, with a lot of potential.

High Food Commodity Prices Decade Ending, Vigilance Needed to Ensure Stability Say Food Experts

4 July 2016 Rome: Food demand to rise strongly in coming decade; production gains alone will not suffice to eradicate hunger - action needed

The recent period of high agricultural commodity prices is most likely over, say the OECD and FAO in their latest 10-year Outlook. But the two organisations warn of the need to be vigilant as the probability of a major price swing remains high.

Applications for Scholarships Msc. Meteorology Makerere University Uganda

Makerere University
Dear All,

The WIMEA-ICT project hereby invites applicants for Masters in areas of Computing, Electrical Engineering and Meteorology.

Please find attached, a flier with more details about the same or visit
http://cis.mak.ac.ug/wimea/index.php/scholarships for more information.

Females are particularly encouraged to apply and the deadline for submission is 30th June 2016.

Kindly share this information widely in order to reach out to as many candidates as possible.

Kind regards

Dora Bampangana

Rome Meeting Addressing El Niño’s impact on Central America’s Dry Corridor

Date: Thursday 30 June 2016, 9:00-12:30
Event: High-level meeting at FAO in Rome

The El Niño climate event is having a devastating impact on agriculture in Central America’s Dry Corridor where one of the worst droughts in decades has left 3.5 million people food insecure. In the most affected countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras some 2.8 million people are dependent on food aid.

Climate Outlook for Greater Horm of Africa June to September Released

PRESS RELEASE June to September Climate Season Forecast
June to September continues to be an important rainfall season for the northern sector as well as the costal and the western areas of the equatorial sector of the Greater Horn of Africa The regional consensus climate outlook for the next four months shows that the rains are likely to be near normal to
above normal over most parts of the Greater Horn of Africa region.

Paris Agreement Signing Takes Place in New York April 22nd 2016

Civil Society Experts React to Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony

Climate Change, Migration and Human Rights Study Released

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Climate change, migration and human rights – Dr. Cosmin Corendea awarded prestigious AXA Fellowship

Paris, 8 April 2016 – Dr. Cosmin Corendea, a senior scientist at the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), received a prestigious Post Doctoral Fellowship from the AXA Research Fund in support of his research work on “Migration and Human Rights in the Wake of Climate Change,” today.

Main rain Season in Uganda Start

By Patrick Luganda in Kampala
The skies have opened up and the rain is coming down in torrents. It is a great relief for millions of Uganda farmers, like in several countries in Africa, where farming is heavily dependent on rain from the heavens.

Ms Lillian Nkwenge the Communications Manger at the Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) in Kampala says the rains have started in earnest and the farmers should make use of the rains to plant various crops as well as plan agriculture related activities.

FAO says New approaches needed to meet sustainable development challenges

FAO Director-General stresses need for collaboration beyond traditional silos

22 March 2016, Rome -- The international community needs to find new and innovative ways of working together if it is to meet the goals laid out in the UN's new Sustainable Development Agenda -- and eradicate hunger and poverty, in particular -- FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said at the Forum for the Future of Agriculture in Brussels today.

Urgently Required: Autonomous vehicle for 2,000 kilometer mission under sea-ice

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Fairbanks 16 March 2016 (WCRP) - The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation have launched a new Polar Challenge to develop an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) capable of a 2 000 km mission under the sea-ice in the Arctic or Antarctic.

The aim is to stimulate innovation into new monitoring tools for the Polar oceans, to complement satellite observations and ultimately expand scientific research capabilities and climate services in both the Arctic and Antarctic.

El Nino Blamed for Observed Record High Carbon Dioxide in Atmosphere

Carbon Dioxide Increase in Atmosphere Sets New Record
The annual growth rate of atmospheric carbon dioxide measured at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii jumped by 3.05 parts per million during 2015, the largest year-to-year increase in 56 years of research, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The development is significant because Mauna Loa Observatory is the oldest continuous atmospheric measurement station in the world and is widely regarded as a benchmark site in the World Meteorological Organization’s Global Atmosphere Watch network.

Majority of Women in UK Do Not Bathe

By Patrick Luganda, Kampala Uganda
Water is a great asset that we often take for granted. In the tropics lack of water is a great discomfort especially for women who need it to wash and keep clean at all times.

Ms Masitula Nakamya in Kampala Uganda says that she bathes at least two times a day and adds an additional 'mini' wash of her private parts in the middle of the day. She says that not washing would make her uncomfortable and the tropical heat would cause her to have a bad odour.

What about using perfumes and deodorants to neutralize the bad body adour, I ask