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A publicity campaign for an upcoming UN climate summit uses real weather presenters from around the world to envision “weather reports from the future.” The series’ first video was released on Monday.

Though climate change is a global phenomenon, the series, commissioned by the UN World Meteorological Organization, will focus on the local impacts of global warming, sea level rise, food shortages and other extreme weather.

In one clip, an American weatherman states that, “The mega-drought in Arizona has claimed another casualty.” In another, a Bulgarian forecaster shows a red map with regional temperatures of 122 degrees Fahrenheit. “Miami South Beach is under water,” goes another report.

Each weather presenter is reporting from the year 2050 on what horrific events await. And, according to the UN’s IPCC report, such climate horrors are indeed in humanity’s future if greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase. By the end of the 21st century, the temperature of the Earth’s lower atmosphere could rise above 4 degrees Celsius (7.2°F), causing widespread drought, glacial melts and massive tropical storms. But do these “reports from the future” help or hurt the UN’s cause?

“Climate change is affecting the weather everywhere. It makes it more extreme and disturbs established patterns. That means more disasters; more uncertainty,” says UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Ki-moon has urged world leaders to make “bold pledges” to fight climate change at the September 23 climate summit in New York.

Yet those who believe the 97 percent of scientists who say climate change is influenced by man-made emissions do not need to watch a fake weather report from the future. For those who remain doubtful that anthropogenic climate change exists, will alarmist videos be enough to convince them?

Readers, what do you think? Does the UN’s publicity campaign have the right idea, or is it doing more damage than good?

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