Today is the World Meteorological Day, and it is celebrated in many places over the world to make it clear that the weather is our common fate – something we all are subject to wherever we live.
The day also allows to emphasize that the world’s weather is changing due to the climate change caused by our lifestyles. We are often presented with statements that relate to climate change, as it may happen in political debates or when the weather creates disasters around.
But is there a place where the notion of “fake news” is not seen – that is, where you can safely get the correct information? This question can hardly be answered as it always leads back to one’s own starting point and thus with one’s own opinions.
On the other hand, it is my opinion that if there is a reasonably safe haven for information, it must be found in the international institutions, where the community in the world has built up both knowledge and credibility. It is largely about the UN and the underlying institutions that contribute knowledge in each field. FAO with knowledge of food, UNHCR with knowledge about refugees and WMO with knowledge about weather and climate. In addition, the UN also has the IPCC, which contributes with reports on the state of the climate and development.
Of course, these institutions have a huge responsibility to keep the trail clean and not to provide incorrect information. Unfortunately, it is difficult totally to avoid incorrect information, but then it is important to get a quick fix unless credibility gets a crack – and a misinformation can quickly take the focus so that all other information is ignored. . We saw an example in the IPCC’s 4th report in 2007, where information about the meltdown in the Himalayas took focus, when it appeared that the written was not truthful.
Nevertheless, I am convinced that these institutions must be our shared knowledge base, from which we must find the knowledge that will bring the world back from all the crises that arise over the years.
So when WMO sends a report on climate condition in 2017 https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/state-of-climate-2017—extreme-weather-and-high-impacts, then it is expected to be true and the truth. This includes that the temperature has now risen by 1.1 degrees and the five warmest years have occurred since 2010. Ice expansion in the Arctic continues its downward trend and the sea remains very hot. Read it, so you can stay well-informed!
I look forward to the IPCC report on the Paris agreement’s temperature target. The report will be released in the beginning of October, and then the important cop24 meeting in Katowice, Poland, will show if the countries are seriously, when saying we should limit the temperature rise to 2 degrees and close to 1.5 degrees – although 1,5 deg I consider almost impossible, but the 2 degrees are possible – if we will do what it takes!