Forecast points to La Niña weather change

Global weather patterns could be about to change if the La Niña phenomenon re-emerges, UN experts said Thursday.

La Niña, which is caused by cooler waters in the Pacific Ocean, could bring much-needed rainfall to areas left parched by the last El Niño episode, which ended in May.

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Prospects for global economic recovery for 2002 'anaemic,' UN report forecasts

International economists are predicting an "anaemic" growth rate in gross world product for 2002, with hard-hit Latin America suffering an overall decline for the year, according to a global forecast released today at the United Nations.