News in Brief 05 July 2017 – PM

TV weather presenters explore impact of warming cities

In another year of record rising temperatures, television weather presenters have been forecasting the degree to which some of the world's major cities could hot up due to rising carbon dioxide emissions.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has joined forces with the research and communication organization Climate Central, inviting weather presenters to highlight what would happen to their cities if global warming goes unchecked.

If so-called greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, it could cause a 4 degree Celsius increase in temperatures by the end of the century.

The "Summer in the City" videos use climate models assessed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, according to two different scenarios, namely high emissions and moderate emissions.

More details from UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric.

"This series focuses on how much hotter summers will be by the end of this century in major cities like Paris, Tokyo and Buenos Aires if greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase. Paris for example, where daily summer [high] temperatures now average 22C, may see summer temperatures like those today in Fez, Morocco which average 29C."

Close to a million displaced by Mosul fighting but UN response keeping pace

Since the beginning of the battle to liberate Mosul from Daesh extremists last October, 916,000 Iraqi civilians have been displaced, according to latest figures from the UN Humanitarian Affairs office (OCHA) on Wednesday.

On Tuesday alone, 3,600 people were recorded as newly displaced, with terrorist fighters still holding out in parts of the Old City, in west Mosul.

Up to 20,000 civilians are still believed to be trapped, and aid workers have no access to them, said OCHA.

UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said OCHA and other agencies were extremely concerned for the safety of all those who remain, many of whom have been used as human shields, or directly targeted by Daesh.

"The Mosul crisis has surpassed humanitarian workers' worst-case planning scenarios, which envisaged some 750,000 people requiring assistance over the course of the military offensive. The response has, however, kept pace with escalating displacement and needs, with some 1.9 million people having received front-line emergency assistance since the start of the ongoing crisis."

Cholera now present in all of Yemen's 21 governorates

In Yemen, OCHA is reporting that life-threatening cholera has now reached all of the country's 21 different governorates.

There have been 270,000 suspected cases of the water-borne disease, accounting for more than 1,600 deaths since late April.

The UN and health partners have set up 2,350 treatment beds and more than 600 oral rehydration points throughout Yemen, to help deal with the major outbreak.

More than 17 million people do not know where their next meal is coming from; a result of months of crippling fighting between Saudi-led coalition forces and Houthi rebels.

The World Food Programme (WFP) said on Wednesday it was scaling-up its emergency operations as famine looms, and called for immediate funds and unimpeded access to reach those most in need.

Source: United Nations Radio