Mega-droughts and deadly heatwaves. A year’s rainfall in a month. Coastal cities under water. Destruction of ocean life. Invasive pests. Arctic cruises. These are some of the scenarios for 2050 from a series of imaginary but realistic reports which give a foretaste of warmer, wetter and wilder weather in the future.
The World Meteorological Organization invited well-known television presenters from around the globe to prepare a daily weather report for 2050 depicting likely local impacts of global climate change. The year was selected as half-way point to the end of the 21st century, by which time average global temperatures could rise more than 4°C (7.2°F) if greenhouse gas emissions from human activities continue to increase at the current rate.
WMO is launching the videos during the month of September to support UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s call for government, finance, business, and civil society leaders to agree to ambitious action on climate change at the UN Climate Summit on 23September to prevent the worst-case scenarios.
“Climate change is affecting the weather everywhere. It makes it more extreme and disturbs established patterns. That means more disasters; more uncertainty,” said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki moon. “We can reduce the risks by cutting global greenhouse gas emissions and building low-carbon economies. Let’s work together to make our societies safer and more resilient. Please join me in taking action on climate change,” said Mr Ban Ki-moon in a message on the videos.
“The weather reports are potential scenarios compatible with the most up-to-date climate science documented by the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud. “They paint a compelling picture of what life could be like on a warmer planet. Climate change is already leading to more extreme weather such as intense heat and rain. The “abnormal“ risks becoming the norm. We need to act now,“ said Mr Jarraud.
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said: " I would like to thank these weathermen and women for volunteering their time and their skill to communicate to millions of people the reality we are all facing by 2050 if climate change if left unaddressed. I am sure their films will inspire everyone of the absolute necessity of a meaningful, universal new agreement in Paris in 2015," she said.
From countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and North and South America, the TV meteorologists – often household names - present a daily weather report. The reported conditions include realistic dangerously hot temperatures, torrential but erratic rains, relentless drought and flooding from tropical cyclones aggravated by higher sea levels. The impact on marine, plant life and ecosystems is also discussed.
Notes for Editors:
The videos are being issued according to the schedule below and are being hosted athttps://www.youtube.com/user/wmovideomaster and other websites.
Monday 1st September –“Teaser”
Wednesday 3rd – Brazil; Portuguese w/ English, French and Spanish subtitles
Thursday, 4th – NHK Japan; Japanese w/ English subtitles
Friday 5th – DBC Denmark; English w/ French, Spanish and Russian subtitles
Monday 8th – ZNBC Zambia; English w/ French and Spanish subtitles
Tuesday 9th – Chorus Prod./Météo Burkina, Burkina Faso; French w/ Arabic, Chinese and English subtitles
Wednesday 10th– Weather Channel USA; English w/ Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish subtitles
Thursday 11th–NBC TV6 USA; English w/ Arabic, Chinese, French and Spanish subtitles
Friday 12th–NOVA TV Bulgaria; Bulgarian w/ English, French and Russian subtitles
Monday 15th– TV5 Philippines; Tagalog/English w/ Chinese and English subtitles
Tuesday 16th– VTM Belgium; Flemish w/English, French, Russian and Spanish subtitles
Wednesday 17th – SABC South Africa; English
Thursday 18th – RUV Iceland; English and Icelandic w/ English subtitles
Friday 19th – ARD Germany; German w/ English subtitles
Monday 22nd –TBC1 ITV Tanzania; English
The videos will be promoted on Twitter with the #weather2050 and #climate2014 hashtags
For further information contact: Michael Williams mwilliams (at) wmo.int +41 79 406 4730 or Clare Nullis +41 22 730 8478 or +41 79 709 1397 cnullis (at) wmo.int