CARIBBEAN CLIMATE JUSTICE NEWSWIRE
SUZANNE GOLDENBERG AND JOHN VIDAL, THE GUARDIAN (7 DECEMBER, 2015)
The world’s biggest climate polluters rallied around a stronger target for limiting warming on Monday, saying they were open to the 1.5C goal endorsed by the most vulnerable countries. In the last few days, the 1.5C target has become short-hand for reaching a more ambitious agreement that would keep pace with real-time changes already underway on the ground.
SIR RONALD SANDERS, THE ANTILLEAN (7 DECEMBER, 2015)
Small states will suffer if asked to bear the burden for damage attributable to climate change, warns Antiguan Ambassador.
CYNTHIA ZARIN, THE NEW YORKER (5 DECEMBER, 2015)
The idea of “Ice Watch” is twofold: the ice is arranged like a watch, or a clock face, to indicate the passing of time; and, in real time, observers will be able to watch the ice melt. Eliasson explains, “A circle is like a compass. It leaves navigation to the people who are inside it. It is a mistake to think that the work of art is the circle of ice—it is the space it invents. And it is on a street in Paris—and a street in Paris can’t be more important than it is right now. We all feel that strongly.”
SOLAR HEAD OF STATE (7 DECEMBER, 2015)
Today, in keeping with its promise to transition to 35% renewable energy for electricity generation by 2020 and reduce electricity consumption in the Public Sector by 20% by 2020, the Government of Saint Lucia announced a new partnership in solar energy generation that will benefit one of its most iconic institutions.
SHAWN MCCARTHY AND ERIC REGULY, GLOBE AND MAIL (6 DECEMBER, 2015)
Canada has endorsed a call from small island nations to hold global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, putting Ottawa out of step with the United States, which has maintained a 2 C target.
PETER HANNAM AND TOM ARUP, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD (6 DECEMBER, 2015)
Australia will support the inclusion of a goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees – the level demanded by low-lying countries most at risk from climate change – in a deal being negotiated in Paris in return for favourable carbon accounting rules.
UNFCCC ADP CONTACT GROUP (VERSION OF 4 DECEMBER 2015 at 10.00)
"Hold the increase in the global average temperature [below 1.5 °C] [or] [well] [below 2 °C] above pre- industrial levels by ensuring deep cuts in global greenhouse gas [net] emissions; "
DESMOND BROWN, CARIBBEAN NEWS SERVICE (7 DECEMBER, 2015)
The Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN), a youth advocacy group representing more than 800 young people in the Caribbean and Latin America, has placed on the table its expectations from the ongoing UN Climate Change Conference (COP21), now in its second week in Paris.
DESMOND BROWN, CARIBBEAN NEWS SERVICE (6 DECEMBER, 2015)
Horace Walters has made the 6,903km journey from his native St. Lucia to Paris to deliver a simple, yet urgent message to the international community. Walters, who has been involved in fishing for more than 40 years, said coastal communities, fishers, and fish farmers are already profoundly affected by climate change. He pointed to rising sea levels and acid oceans among the impacts of climate change.
UNFCCC (6 DECEMBER, 2015)
As he had announced on Saturday 5 December at the COP plenary meeting, today Laurent Fabius convened the team of 14 facilitators responsible for helping him throughout this week in order to ensure a successful COP21.
They are: · Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet (Gabon), Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Jochen Flasbarth (Germany), State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, responsible for “implementation mechanisms” (financing, technologies and capacities); · Izabella Texeira (Brazil), Environment Minister and Vivian Balakrishnan (Singapore), Minister for Foreign Affairs, will be responsible for the theme of differentiation; · Tine Sundtoft (Norway), Minister of the Climate and Environment, and James Fletcher (Saint Lucia), Minister for Public Service, Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology will be responsible for the theme of ambition; · Pa Ousman Jarju (Gambia), Minister of Environment and Amber Rudd (United Kingdom), Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, will be responsible for pre-2020 actions (excluding pre-2020 financing which will be covered in the implementation mechanisms). Work on these first four themes will begin on Sunday afternoon.
In addition, the first informal consultations on the following themes will be initiated very soon by: · René Orellana (Bolivia), Minister for Environment and Åsa Romson (Sweden), Minister for Climate and the Environment, responsible for adaptation. · Manuel Pulgar Vidal (Peru), Minister of State for Environment and President of COP20, responsible for the preamble. He will also conduct a mission in conjunction with the civil society representatives on behalf of the COP21 President. Catherine McKenna (Canada), Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Daniel Vicente Ortega Pacheco (Ecuador), Minister of Environment and Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber (United Arab Emirates), Minister of State, Special Envoy for Energy and Climate Change, are also on the team of facilitators.
Their missions will be set out on Monday 7 December. Further facilitators can be appointed if necessary.