Climate scientist urges attention to 1.5 target, loss and damage support
Caribbean climate scientist, Prof. Michael Taylor has thrown his weight behind calls for a comprehensive agreement from the United Nations (UN) Climate Talks (COP27) now ongoing in Egypt – one that is responsive to the needs of the region’s small island developing states (SIDS).
Those needs, he said, include demonstrably scaled-up emissions cuts to hold temperature increases at 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, as well as financial support for loss and damage.
“The priority issues haven't changed: mitigation to limit future warming to give places like the Caribbean a more livable future; adaptation financing mechanisms in support of adaptation plans which recognise that the future ahead, even at 1.5 degrees, will be extremely challenging; as well as acknowledgement of loss and damage and new supporting financing mechanisms for the most vulnerable for whom loss and damage is already a reality,” said Taylor.
A Physicist and Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology at The University of the West Indies, Mona, Taylor (pictured, left) was one of the lead authors for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius of global warming above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways.Read more ...
Stakeholders from Caribbean small island developing states (SIDS) have welcomed the inclusion of loss and damage as an agenda item for the UN Climate Summit (COP27) now taking place in Egypt.
COP27 sees 120 world leaders and other stakeholders gathered to work out the best way forward in the global response to climate change. It is estimated that 45000 persons from 196 countries are attending COP27.
Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne speaking on the importance of loss and damage finance for the Caribbean. (Photo courtesy Bianca Beddoe/Frances Fuller).Read more ...
Wants attention for adaptation, loss & damage at COP 27
The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) is throwing its weight behind safeguarding the introduction of a financial mechanism for loss and damage and progress on scaled-up financing for adaptation, at this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27).
COP27, which got underway in Egypt yesterday (Sunday, November 6), sees the participation of global leaders, members of the scientific community and civil society stakeholders, including those from the Caribbean, who are gathered to discuss and negotiate current climate change realities.
“It is important that as we consider loss and damage, that there be a financial mechanism via which proceeds can be accessed and the requisite financial aid be deposited into the region and other countries that are suffering,” noted Dr. Mark Bynoe (pictured below).
Bynoe is Assistant Executive Director for the 5Cs, which coordinates the Caribbean’s response to climate change, working on effective solutions and projects to combat its environmental impacts and global warming.
Specific financial provisions for loss and damage are seen as especially important for Caribbean SIDS, given their vulnerability to the variety of climate risks and threats, including extreme hurricanes and droughts – and from which they have suffered loss of lives and millions of dollars in damage over recent years.Read more ...