Newsletter Issue 4 (February 2021)



Online voting for 2016-2020 Top 10 Mind-boggling Weather and Climate Events

Extreme weather events may cause severe damage to the ecological environment and even loss of life. Through the voting activity, the Hong Kong Observatory hopes to arouse the public’s attention to significant weather and climate events in Hong Kong and around the world and enhance their understanding on climate change and its impacts on human lives.

Hong Kong Observatory compiled a new set of climatological normals for Hong Kong

Stepping into 2021, the Hong Kong Observatory compiled a new set of 30-year climatological normals for Hong Kong based on the meteorological data measured at the Hong Kong Observatory Headquarters and other key meteorological stations in the period from 1991 to 2020.

The Weather of January 2021 – A dry and colder January

The World is facing a climate emergency

We begin this year with a heightened awareness of the importance of resilience. The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us that we cannot afford to ignore known risks. Climate disruption is a risk we are well aware of. The science has never been clearer. We are facing a Climate Emergency.

2020, a year of slowdowns, but not for global warming

2020, the hottest year on record wrapped up the hottest decade ever. Although global lockdowns have not stifled the warming climate, the global health crisis might nudge us into climate action.

Sea levels are rising faster than most pessimistic forecasts

Climate change is causing oceans to rise quicker than scientists’ most pessimistic forecasts, resulting in earlier flood risks to coastal economies already struggling to adapt.

Climate change may enhance high mountain hazards

The increased risks in mountain environments as a result of accelerated changes in cryosphere and the need for continuous monitoring of mountain conditions, in particular the focus on monitoring changes in snow, glaciers, and frozen ground (permafrost) conditions, has been highlighted at the WMO’s High Mountain Summit in October 2019.

Was climate change to blame for India’s glacier flood disaster?

Scientists say that disasters like this have been made more likely due to human-induced climate change, as global warming has increased the number of glacial lakes. Traditionally, avalanches in winter are not common.

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