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NEWS: Near-term climate prediction ‘coming of age’

Grahame Madge of the UK Met Office reports on new directions in climate science that will support policy and planning everywhere. The emergence of near-term climate predictions will especially benefit developing countries facing many climate stresses and vulnerabilities. [more]…

FEATURE: Hike in record-dry months for Africa's Sahel worries scientists

A recent study reveals alarming trends in the lack of rainfall in Africa's Sahel region - reports Laurie Goering of ThomsonReuters. [more]…

FEATURE: East African climate services connect with local communities

Met departments and others are strengthening climate services in East Africa and it is having a positive impact on development, reports Bill Leathes of the Met Office, the UK’s national meteorological service. [more]…

WEBINAR: Communicating climate information and uncertainties better - Cognitive psychology insights and practical experiences

A webinar from the Future Climate for Africa programme on 29 November will share practical recommendations and approaches to communicating climate change information, including uncertainties. It will draw on insights from cognitive psychology and experiences from FCFA's work in west and southern Africa. [more]…

FEATURE: Building trust between users and producers makes for better climate services

Suzanne Carter looks at how the producers and users of climate information can build trust and ultimately work to make weather and climate services more useful in planning for development. [more]…

FEATURE: Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay join to increase resilience of tri-border region

The 'Triangle City Cooperation' project - part of the Climate Resilient Cities in Latin America initiative - has not only furnished evidence and solutions to combat climate vulnerability in the tri-border area of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. It has also catalysed new forms of tri-border cooperation among the countries, to build their collective climate resilience. [more]…

NEWS: E-learning course to support IPCC reviewers

There is still time to register - before the 4 June deadline - to take part in a special e-learning course, which is designed to support experts on to become reviewers of the Assessment Reports of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). [more]…

FEATURE: Co-producing climate knowledge - Great in theory, but how about practice?

Estelle Rouhaud of the Future Climate for Africa's UMFULA project says that 'co-production' of climate knowledge sounds like a wonderful aspiration, but is far from easy to achieve in practice. [more]…

WEBINAR: How can climate models be improved over Africa? Investigating global models with local knowledge

A recent Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) webinar explored how scientists can deepen their understanding of African climate processes. Dr Rachel James discussed how scientists can improve climate modeling by ground-truthing their data and assumptions better, with local sources of climate knowledge. [more]…

FEATURE: Hotter future in store for Tanzania and Malawi

Two new briefs published by the Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) programme highlight future climate projections for Tanzania and Malawi, using the latest results from 34 of the world’s leading climate models. The briefs, written by an international team of climate scientists, aim to help the countries plan better for climate change. [more]…

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