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October Climate Forecast Update for Uganda

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Kampala October 1st 2016
The Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) in collaboration with the Regional Network of Farmers in Africa and South Asia (RENOFASA), Farmers Media Link Centre and other stakeholders has released the general climate update for October 2016.

Paris Agreement on Climate Change To Become Law

United Nations, New York Wednesday September 19
The Paris Agreement on Climate Change is set to become law this year after a ceremony at the UN in New York today saw 60 countries worth 47.5% of global emissions complete their formal ascension to it and 13 others commit to doing so this year.

USA and France Set New World Records on Lightning Flashes,WMO rules.

A World Meteorological Organization committee of experts has established two new world records for the longest reported distance and the longest reported duration for a single lightning flash in, respectively, Oklahoma (United States of America) and southern France.

The lightning flash over Oklahoma in 2007 covered a horizontal distance of 321 kilometers (199.5 miles). The lightning event over southern France in 2012 lasted continuously for 7.74 seconds, the WMO evaluation committee found.

Climate Information User Group

Open Invitation
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.
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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 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.