The Weather of October 2022 – A sunny and dry October Mainly attributed to the stronger than normal subtropical ridge over southern China, October 2022 was sunnier than usual in Hong Kong. The duration of bright sunshine in the month was 241.0 hours, 43.2 hours above normal. The month was also drier than usual with a monthly rainfall of only 49.9 millimetres, about 41 percent of the normal of 120.3 millimetres.
Early Warnings for All Action Plan unveiled at COP27 It will cost the equivalent of just 50 cents per person per year for the next five years to reach everyone on Earth with early warnings against increasingly extreme and dangerous weather, according to the Executive Action Plan. “We must invest equally in adaptation and resilience. That includes the information that allows us to anticipate storms, heatwaves, floods and droughts. To that end, I have called for every person on Earth to be protected by early warning systems within five years, with the priority to support the most vulnerable first.”
“Get serious about water,” eminent panel urges COP27 “There is no time to waste. Now is the time to get serious about water as an imperative for climate action.” according to a joint statement from an eminent panel of Water and Climate Leaders at COP27. As the atmosphere passes one degree of warming above pre-industrial levels, sea levels rise and the cryosphere melts, the effects of climate change are being felt as never before. Resultant flooding, heatwaves, droughts, storms and sea level rise worldwide will progressively worsen as warming continues towards 1.5 degrees and beyond.
COP27: Time to pay the climate bill – vulnerable nations Leaders of countries flooded or parched due to climate change are pleading at the COP27 summit for an urgent financial lifeline from richer nations. “I’m not here to ask any of you to love the people of my country with the same passion as I do,” Bahamas Prime Minister Philip Davis told leaders. “I’m asking what is it worth to you to have millions of climate refugees to turn into tens of millions, putting pressure on political and economic systems around the world.”
Copernicus: science in support of Europe’s renewable energy goals Achieving a European economy fuelled by sustainable energy is no easy challenge. Renewable energy accounted for just over 22% of the EU’s gross final energy consumption in 2020. Amongst all the challenges, one in particular is related to the capacity to deal with and use climate information efficiently. Increasing the renewable share in the energy mix inevitably implies its dependency on climate variability at all levels. This is where the Copernicus services, and particularly the Copernicus Climate Change Service and the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, have a major supporting role to play.