State of Climate Services 2020 Report

News: United Nations(UN) World Meteorological Organization(WMO) has released a report titled “State of Climate Services 2020 Report: Move from Early Warnings to Early Action”.



  • About the report: It identifies where and how governments can invest in effective early warning systems that strengthen countries resilience to multiple weather, climate and water-related hazards and provides successful examples.


Key Highlights from the report:

  • Impact of Disasters: Over the past 50 years, disasters attributed to weather, climate and water-related hazards have claimed over 2 million lives and cost the world economy $3.6 trillion.By 2030, this number could increase by almost 50% at a cost of around $20 billion a year.
  • Reasons for Disasters: Between 1970 and 2019, 79% of disasters worldwide involved weather, water, and climate-related hazards.Over the last 10 years (2010-2019), the percentage of disasters associated with weather, climate and water related events increased by 9% compared to the previous decade.


Additional Facts:

  • WMO: It is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for promoting international cooperation on atmospheric science, climatology, hydrology and geophysics.
    • Headquarters: Geneva,Switzerland.
  • Reports: State of Climate report, Greenhouse Gas Bulletin report among others.