The Facts About Caribbean + Climate Change
WORLD METEOROLOGICAL ORGANISATION (WMO): "STATE OF THE CLIMATE IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN 2020" REPORT
17 AUGUST 2021
WORLD METEOROLOGICAL ORGANISATION (WMO)
This report provides a snapshot of climate trends, variability, observed high-impact weather and climate events, and associated risks and impacts in key sensitive sectors for the period January–December 2020.
From the various analyses provided in this report, it is evident that urgent efforts should be pursued to enhance resilience through appropriate prevention and risk-management measures.
10 AUGUST 2021 - "Human-induced climate change is already affecting many weather and climate extremes in every region across the globe. Scientists are also observing changes across the whole of Earth’s climate system; in the atmosphere, in the oceans, ice floes, and on land.
Many of these changes are unprecedented, and some of the shifts are in motion now, while some - such as continued sea level rise – are already ‘irreversible’ for centuries to millennia, ahead, the report warns.
But there is still time to limit climate change, IPCC experts say. Strong and sustained reductions in emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases, could quickly make air quality better, and in 20 to 30 years global temperatures could stabilize."
→ FULL IPCC ASSESSMENT REPORT - AUGUST 2021
An IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.
” Pour ce qui est de l’avenir, il ne s’agit pas de le prévoir, mais de le rendre possible. “ – Antoine de Saint Exupéry, Citadelle, 1948
→ READ THE IPCC'S 2018 SPECIAL REPORT ON GLOBAL WARMING OF 1.5ºC HERE
OF CLIMATE CHANGE TERMS
Consult our practical glossary to better understand concepts, technical terms, oft-used phrasing and jargon in climate talks
CLIMATE ANALYTICS: Paris Agreement 1.5 °C Temperature Limit
"Since 2009, more than a hundred Small Island Developing States, Least Developed Countries and many others have been calling for limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels to prevent the worst of climate change impacts. The inclusion of a 1.5°C temperature limit in the 2015 Paris Agreement was a major victory for vulnerable countries."
NASA: A Degree of Concern: Why Global Temperatures Matter
CARBON BRIEF: The impacts of climate change at 1.5C, 2C and beyond
WORLD RESOURCES INSTITUTES: Half a Degree and a World Apart: The Difference in Climate Impacts Between 1.5˚C and 2˚C of Warming
CARIBBEAN NATURAL RESOURCES INSTITUTE: Communicating climate change: A toolbox for local organisations in the Caribbean
This toolbox has been developed to help local (non-governmental, community-based, and grassroots) organisations become more effective in telling their climatechange stories and making their voices heard in lobbying and advocating for thepolicies, laws and other actions necessary to mitigate and adapt to climate change atthe international, regional, national and local levels.
‘warming stripe’ graphics are visual representations of the change in temperature as measured in each country over the past 100+ years. Each stripe represents the temperature in that country averaged over a year. For most countries, the stripes start in the year 1901 and finish in 2020.
The stripes turn from mainly blue to mainly red in more recent years, illustrating the rise in average temperatures in that country.
You can generate warming stripes for most countries and for some cities around the world using this brilliant generator. The graphics have a CC-BY 4.0 license, so can be used for any purpose as long as credit is given to Professor Ed Hawkins (University of Reading) and a link is provided to the #ShowYourStripes website.
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