Newsletter Issue 12 (October 2021)

HKMetS AGM will be held on 10 December 2021

The Annual General Meeting of the Hong Kong Meteorological Society will be held on 10 December 2021 in the Centenary Building of the Hong Kong Observatory. Save our date!

The weather of September 2021 – The hottest September

Mainly attributing to the stronger than usual subtropical ridge over southern China, September 2021 was the hottest September in Hong Kong on record. There were in total 15 very hot days and 11 hot nights in the month, both breaking the records for September.

Hong Kong became the world’s first accredited centennial upper air observing station

In 1921, the Hong Kong Observatory commenced upper air meteorological observations. Now, the upper air observing station of the Observatory is the world’s first upper air observing station being accredited by WMO as a centennial observing station. So far, about 300 surface observing stations with 100 years of history or more have been accredited by the WMO (Full list).

Centennial upper air observation in Hong Kong cum 70th anniversary of King’s Park Meteorological Station

A thematic webpage has been set up to introduce the work of the upper air observing station of the Hong Kong Observatory and its important milestones through precious historical photos. You may also understand the past and present of King’s Park Meteorological Station.

Climate scientists win Nobel Prize for Physics

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2021 was awarded “for groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of complex systems” with one half jointly to Syukuro Manabe and Klaus Hasselmann “for the physical modelling of Earth’s climate, quantifying variability and reliably predicting global warming” (Press release by the Nobel Prize).

WMO Report: Climate change threatens sustainable development

TThe WMO has published a new report on Climate Indicators and Sustainable Development: Demonstrating the Interconnections. The aim of the report is to demonstrate the connections between the global climate and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which go far beyond SDG 13 for climate action. It also champions the need for greater international collaboration and for limiting global warming to less than 2 °C or even 1.5 °C by the end of this century.

The Climate Transparency Report 2021 – Carbon emissions from rich countries rose rapidly in 2021

Carbon emissions are rebounding strongly and are rising across the world’s 20 richest nations, according to a new study. The Climate Transparency Report says that CO2 will go up by 4% across the G20 group this year, having dropped 6% in 2020 due to the pandemic. The authors say that the continued use of fossil fuels is undermining efforts to rein in temperatures.

COP26 will open on 31 October 2021 in Glasgow, UK

The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021. The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (Read more).

Membership renewal is now more convenient

Payment through Faster Payment System (FPS) is now available (Our FPS ID: 166920512). Support your society, don’t forget to renew your membership!

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