Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Weather Reports from the Future: WMO
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, the 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, 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 worst-case futures do not need to happen. WMO is releasing Series 3 of the future weather reports during the March 2015 World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction to highlight the need for action to minimize the risks of extreme weather and climate events. Series 2 was launched in December 2014 during the Lima conference on the Climate Change Convention, and Series 1 was launched in September 2014 to support the UN Secretary-General’s call for action at the UN Climate Summit.
Links to the videos, hosted at youtube.com/wmovideomaster, are available below on the date scheduled for their release:
(Broadcast and projection of these videos is authorized free of charge and without formal written permission provided that the original source is acknowledged and subject to the standard creative commons licensing conditions.)
Source: By email from Michael Williams, WMO, Switzerland