Newsletter Issue 13 (November 2021)

HKMetSoc 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!

“More Comfortable and Energy – Efficient Homes in the Era of Climate Change”@Central Library on 21 November 2021

HKMetSoc will jointly organise this talk to raise public awareness on the latest information of climate change and extreme heat and its health impacts, so that people can be prepared and adapt to it. It will also introduce how energy-efficient heat mitigation measures of buildings and neighbourhood design can help bring a more comfortable environment during the hot summers ( Link for online registration).

The weather of October 2021 – An extremely wet October

Attributing to the heavy rain induced by tropical cyclones Lionrock and Kompasu, October 2021 was much wetter than usual in Hong Kong with monthly rainfall amounted to 631.1 millimetres, more than five times of the normal figure of 120.3 millimetres (or more than six times of the 1981-2010 normal of 100.9 millimetres) and the second highest on record for October.

Glasgow Climate Pact agreed at COP26 – but is it enough?

The UN Climate Change negotiations, COP26, have concluded with a global compromise that reflects a delicate balance between the interests and aspirations of nearly 200 Parties involved. But, according to preliminary analyses, it falls short of the decisive breakthrough needed to keep temperature increase to 1.5°C above the pre-industrial era by the end of this century (More).

WMO supports Global Methane Pledge as part of greenhouse gas emission cuts

A new Global Methane Pledge announced at the United Nations Climate Change negotiations COP26 represents the first major international push to reduce emissions of a powerful but short-lived greenhouse gas. But WMO stressed that this must be accompanied by urgent action to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, the main long-lived greenhouse gas.



COP26 keeps 1.5C alive and finalizes Paris Agreement

COP26 has today concluded in Glasgow with nearly 200 countries agreeing the Glasgow Climate Pact to keep 1.5C alive and finalise the outstanding elements of the Paris Agreement. The Paris Rulebook, the guidelines for how the Paris Agreement is delivered, was also completed today after six years of discussions. And for the first time, heeding calls from civil society and countries most vulnerable to climate impacts, the COP agreed action on phasing down fossil fuels.

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