CARIBBEAN CLIMATE JUSTICE NEWSWIRE
DIZZANNE BILLY, CNS (7 DECEMBER, 2015)
In the second week of climate negotiations, African countries are calling for focus on climate finance for adaptation. This is also a major priority area for Caribbean countries. According to the Minister of Public Service, Information, Broadcasting, Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology of St. Lucia, Dr. James Fletcher, “we need developed countries to reaffirm money toward adaptation. While mitigation is important, adaptation is definitely something that developing countries need to focus on.”
NEIL TANGRI, DHAKA TRIBUNE (7 DECEMBER, 2015)
Small island states, concerned for their very existence, are pushing for a more ambitious target -- 1.5C. The higher the temperature gets, the greater danger we run of crossing a “tipping point” -- a runaway feedback mechanism that will take us to an unrecognisable, hothouse Earth.
RAVEENA AULAKH & TYLER HAMILTON, TORONTO STAR (6 DECEMBER, 2015)
How is a warming planet going to shape the life of a baby born in Toronto in December 2015? The Star asked 10 scientists from Canada and the U.S. to describe the ways climate change will redefine life in the 21st century. These stories are based on their educated guesses of best and worst case scenarios, based on the scientific consensus.
ANDREW FREEDMAN, MASHABLE (7 DECEMBER, 2015)
The United States is in favor of incorporating an ambitious 1.5-degree Celsius goal into the climate agreement at the ongoing U.N. Climate Summit in Paris, also known as COP21, provided that the language wouldn't replace the previously agreed-upon 2-degree target, Secretary of State John Kerry told Mashable on Monday.
CARIBBEAN 360 (7 DECEMBER, 2015)
As the Paris climate talks move to its conclusion Friday, civil society groups are expressing serious concerns about the continued deadlock on a proposed package for funding amounting to about US$100 billion a year by 2020.
JAMAICA OBSERVER (7 DECEMBER, 2015)
An unprecedented coalition of close to 40 governments, hundreds of businesses and influential international organisations have called for accelerated action to phase out fossil fuel subsidies, a move that would help bridge the gap to keep global temperature rise below 2°C and perhaps close to the 1.5°C for which Caricom and other Small Island Developing States are advocating.
DIZZANNE BILLY, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO GUARDIAN (8 DECEMBER, 2015)
Fortunately, Caricom appears to have a shared idea of what they must do to seek the interests of the Caribbean and other SIDS. For the most part, these ideas fall in line with those held up by other developing countries within G77 + China, Like Minded Developing Countries (LMDCs), and a key one for Caricom—the Alliance of Small Island Developing States.
REUTERS/THE ANTILLEAN (7 DECEMBER, 2015)
A four-year global effort to craft a binding deal to brake rising world temperatures enters an intense home stretch on Monday, with senior officials in Paris stepping up pressure to resolve the most contentious points.
DESMOND BROWN, CARIBBEAN NEWS SERVICE (7 DECEMBER, 2015)
Antigua & Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United Nations Dr. Walton A. Webson, says for his country, everything hangs on a good agreement being reached at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) taking place here.
MARK HERTSGAARD (7 DECEMBER, 2015)
Pressure from activists and vulnerable countries has shifted the discussion away from a 2 degrees C target—a virtual death sentence for millions of people.