Communities need more sophisticated meteorological services says UN agency

Michel Jarraud, the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), told a workshop yesterday in Cape Verde that there is “a vital need to better understand the linkage between environmental protection and sustainable development.”Mr. Jarraud noted that the global economy had become increasingly sensitive to the fluctuations of weather, climate and water phenomena. Climate change, the growing competition for water, ozone depletion and the impact of desertification all require countries to have access to the best available information.“There are also raised expectations and demands for newer and more sophisticated types of services by most sectors of the economy, all of which are highly relevant to your respective societies,” he said.The workshop, help on Sal Island on Cape Verde, runs until Friday and is aimed at helping Portuguese-speaking countries develop greater partnerships between government and civil society on environmental and climate issues. 4 March 2008Governments, businesses and the general public need more sophisticated information from their national weather services if they are to prepare adequately against natural disasters and better adapt to the threats posed by climate change, the head of the United Nations meteorological agency says. read more

Piano duo tickles ivories at Friday concert

ENCORE! Professional Concert Series presents the Fung Chiu Duo at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre on Friday.In this performance, Janelle Fung and Philip Chiu come together to present a concert that challenges the traditional boundaries of piano with four hands.Tickets are $28.50 for adults and $22.50 for seniors and students. Tickets are available for $5 for high schools students as part of the eyeGo program.Show starts at 7:30 p.m.For information or tickets, call the Centre for the Arts box office at 905-688-5550, ext. 3527 or email boxoffice@brocku.ca. read more