The World Meteorological Organization is launching a series of climate change videos featuring TV weather presenters ahead of the COP21 climate conference (21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) to be held in France from 30 November to 11 December 2015.
If humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, the average temperature of the Earth’s lower atmosphere could rise by 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? How would it affect our homes and the places we cherish?
To find out what could lie in store, and to promote awareness of the UN climate change conference in Paris, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) invited television weather presenters from around the world to imagine a “weather report from the year 2050” or to produce a report on how climate change will impact well-known UNESCO World Heritage sites. These are only possible scenarios, of course, 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 videos were produced in a variety of languages, and many feature subtitles in English, French or Spanish. They conclude with brief statements by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other UN leaders, including the Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova. They follow 27 earlier contributions prepared in 2014 for the UN Climate Summit and the Lima climate conference (COP-20) and in 2015 for the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai, Japan.
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre supported the production of the videos on climate change impacts on World Heritage, including those from Bulgaria (Nova TV), Vietnam (VTV), Canada (Weather Network), USA (ABC10), Japan (NHK) and Italy (SMI).
2 Nov – Weather Channel, USA (the Arctic)
3 Nov – Chacra TV, Argentina
4 Nov – Nova TV, Bulgaria
5 Nov – Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA)
6 Nov – Sky News Arabia, United Arab Emirates
9 Nov – Kenya Meteorological Department/Kenya Broadcasting Service
10 Nov – Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK)
11 Nov – Nippon Television Network (NTV), Japan
12 Nov – MeteoTB, Russian Federation
13 Nov – ABC10, USA
16 Nov – Swiss Radio and Television (SRF)
17 Nov – Dep. of Climate Change and Meteorological Services/Zanyengo, Malawi
18 Nov – Univision Radio, Puerto Rico, USA
19 Nov – Vietnam Television (VTV)
20 Nov – The Weather Network, Canada
21 Nov – Radio Television Ireland (RTE)
23 Nov – MetService, New Zealand
24 Nov – Channel 5, Belize
25 Nov – Royal Thai Army Radio and Television Station, Thailand
26 Nov – Česká Televize, Czech Republic
27 Nov – Radio-Canada
28 Nov – Meteorological Society of Italy (SMI)
Twitter: #Weather2050, #COP21.