Torrential rains likely to trim output of India’s main summer season oilseed soybean


Heavy monsoon rains have damaged India’s main summer-sown oilseed crop soybean, although the total output will still likely be higher than last year. “We think that the output could be around 105 lakh tons, instead of 115 lakh tons that we were anticipating at the start of the season,” said B.V. Mehta, executive director of […]

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Strong chance of La Nina from September, but above-average temperatures to rule – WMO


There is a 60 percent chance of a weak La Niña event developing during September to November 2020, according to a new El Niño/La Niña update from the World Meteorological Organization. Despite the tendency for La Niña to have a cooling effect on global temperatures overall, above-average temperatures are expected to be predominant. The El Niño/Southern […]

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Global alert for La Nina; high chances of increased rainfall


Global weather forecasters have issued a La Nina alert, indicating high chances of rainfall in India. This will further increase monsoon rainfall and boost India’s rural economy with a record harvest. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) raised its El Niño-Southern Oscillation Outlook to La Niña ALERT status, meaning the chance of a La Niña occurring this […]

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After hottest half decade, Earth to experience higher temperatures


Earth experienced its hottest half-decade on record between 2011 and 2015, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said, adding that the floods, droughts and storms triggered by rising temperatures are likely only a prelude to new weather extremes. The record temperatures were accompanied by rising sea levels and declines in Arctic sea-ice extent, continental glaciers and […]

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Agriculture prices seen recovering modestly in 2017, says World Bank

Agricultural prices are expected to recover modestly in 2017, but intensification of La Nina remained an upside risk in the short term while increased government use of agricultural commodity support policies was a long-term threat, the World Bank said in its latest commodities outlook. It said although the agricultural price index remained virtually unchanged in […]

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Atlantic hurricane season still expected to be strongest since 2012 – NOAA

The forthcoming Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be the strongest since 2012, with 70 percent chances of between 17 and 17 names storms, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said. In its updated 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook, NOAA spoke of a higher likelihood of a near-normal or above-normal season, and decreased […]

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El Nino battered 60 million people; time to prepare for La Nina’s knock-on effect, says UN


Combined efforts to prevent further human suffering, strengthen resilience and safeguard livelihoods in the wake of El Niño’s devastating effects worldwide must be rapidly ramped-up by governments and the international community, United Nations (UN) leaders said. More than 60 million people worldwide, about 40 million in East and Southern Africa alone, are projected to be […]

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