Smoke belching from Asia's rapidly growing economies is largely responsible for a halt in global warming in the decade after 1998 because of sulfur's cooling effect, even though greenhouse gas emissions soared, a U.S. study said.

The paper raised the prospect of more rapid, pent-up climate change when emerging economies eventually crack down on pollution.

A U.N. plan to upgrade "space weather" forecasts can help the world cope with solar storms that might wreak up to $2 trillion in damage if the sun repeated a giant flare of 1859, experts said.

The sun is entering a more active phase due to peak in 2013 on a roughly 11-year sunspot cycle, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said.

Some show deficient rainfall in northwest region
While a major worry of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) may be over with the timely arrival of monsoon at India

Shift in rainfall patterns across Southern Hemisphere The Antarctic ozone hole is about one-third to blame for Australia's recent series of droughts, say scientists. Writing in the journal Science, they conclude that the hole has shifted wind and rainfall patterns right across the Southern Hemisphere, even the tropics. Their climate models suggest the effect has been notably strong over Austr

Geneva: Record loss of the ozone, the atmosphere layer that shields life from the sun's harmful rays, has been observed over the Arctic in recent months, the World Meteorological Organization said.

The Chandigarh centre of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) celebrated World Meteorological Day today on the theme Climate for You.

Every year March 23 is celebrated by 189 member countries of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) on themes of national and international concern.

At a seminar organised on the theme, Director of Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) Ashwa

GUWAHATI, March 23

The weather pattern known as La Nina, blamed for floods in Australia and drought in parts of Latin America, is expected to persist through the first quarter of 2011, the World Meteorological Organization said on Tuesday.

La Nina, which cools the Pacific Ocean, could possibly even continue into April or early May, further affecting weather around the globe, the United Nations agency said in its

Last year tied for the hottest year on record, confirming a long-term warming trend which will continue unless greenhouse gas emissions are cut, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Thursday.

The first 10 years of the millennium proved to be the hottest decade since records began in the 19th century, it said.

"The main signal is that the warming trend continues and is being st

GENEVA: The warmest year on record is a three-way tie- 2010, 2005 and 1998.
So says the U.N.

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