WMO releases new series of “weather reports from the future” for Lima Climate Change Conference
If humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, the average temperature of the Earth’s lower atmosphere could rise more than 4°C (7.2°F) by the end of the 21st century. But what does a global average temperature rise really mean? How would we experience it on a daily basis?
To find out what could lie in store, WMO invited television weather presenters from around the world to imagine a “weather report from the year 2050.” What they created are only possible scenarios, and not true forecasts. Nevertheless, they are based on the most up-to-date climate science, and they paint a compelling picture of what life could be like on a warmer planet.
These worst-case futures do not need to happen. The videos are intended to support ambitious action on climate change by governments, business and civil society.
Weather 2050 videos for Peru, France, Viet Nam, Spain, Canada and Norway have been prepared to coincide with the U.N. climate change negotiations in Lima, Peru.
“The vision of a future irreparably harmed by climate change does not have to come to be,” says Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. “We have the power and the responsibility to create a better future for ourselves and for those to come. But we need action at two levels. We need a new robust global climate agreement and we need local policy that points us towards green growth and action by investors, industry, cities and region. By acting together we can make the world a better place for every man, for every woman, for every child today and for generations to come,” says Ms Figueres.
Lnks to the videos, hosted at youtube.com/wmovideomaster, are available below on the date scheduled for their release:
1 December-SENAMHI Peru: Spanish w/English subtitles
2 December- TF1 France: French w/English and Spanish subtitles
3 December– VTV Viet Nam: Vietnamese w/English and Spanish subtitles
4 December–TVE Spain: Spanish w/English subtitles
5 December–MétéoMédia Canada: French w/English and Spanish subtitles
6 December– NRK Norway; Norwegian w/English and Spanish subtitles
The new videos compliment Weather2050 reports from 14 countries released ahead of the U.N. Climate Summit in September 2014.
The videos will be promoted on Twitter with the #weather2050 and #COP20 hashtags