The World Meteorological Organization is releasing a series of imaginary – but realistic - 2050 weather reports from well-known television presenters designed to sensitize people about the local impacts of climate change.
The report from Denmark is set in July 2050. Danish Broadcasting Corporation chief meteorologist Jesper Theilgaard discusses rising temperatures and extreme rainfall events because of the warming atmosphere. Copenhagen experienced a taste of the future with torrential rain and flooding in July 2011. The video also discusses the wider impact of global warming and the need to cut emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases.
Weather reports from Zambia, Burkina Faso, the United States of America, Bulgaria, the Philippines, Belgium, South Africa, Iceland, Germany and Tanzania will follow in the coming days.
Videos already released feature a weather report for June 2050 from Brazilian presenter Claudia Celli. Rainfall in southern Brazil and the west Amazon is expected to exceed monthly levels in just a few days, increasing the risk of flooding and landslides whilst drought continues in northern Brazil and the east Amazon. It is another hot day.
For Japan, NHK presenter Hiroko Ida focuses on a prolonged heat-wave which has caused a record number of heat-related deaths; the bleaching of coral reefs due to rising ocean temperatures and acidification; and the risk of super-typhoons influenced by a warmer atmosphere and rising sea levels.
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 23 September 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,” says Mr Ban Ki -moon in a message on the video. “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,” says the U.N. Secretary-General.
WMO selected 2050 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.
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.
The Danish video is in English, with French, Spanish and Russian subtitles.
The videos are being issued according to the schedule below and are being hosted at https://www.youtube.com/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