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Asia-Pacific broadcasters make 2050 weather forecasts

Japan’s public broadcaster NHK will join networks around the world in a United Nations climate change initiative featuring weather forecasts for 2050.

The project is part of the Climate Summit 2014 at the UN Headquarters in New York on 23 September, convened by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to discuss what mankind needs to do to tackle global warming. Organisers hope world leaders will confirm their commitment to realising the framework for countering global warming.

NHK is one of more than 10 broadcasters linking with the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to participate in a special summit-related campaign. Each will present imagined weather forecasts for the year 2050 based on the predictions of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in the case where global warming continues to proceed at the present pace.

NHK’s weather forecast for Japan in 2050 will be presented by weatherwoman Hiroko Ida, from NHK’s flagship news program, News Watch 9. TV5 Philippines will produce their 2050 forecast in Tagalog and English with Chinese and English subtitles.

“Weather reports from the future” produced around the world will be screened at the summit venue and can also be viewed on the UN website.

NHK features of special programs on disasters and other issues related to climate change are prepared for broadcast chiefly on NHK WORLD TV and its satellite channel BS1 in late November and December.

The 2050 forecast video clips from NHK, TV5 and other global participants are being progressively made available here.