What Islands Want: build resilience and recognise “loss and damage”
PRESS RELEASE. Bonn, Germany. 14 November 2017.
With 20,000 participants coming from all corners of the world and with literally hundreds of meetings, panel discussions and side events taking place each day over more than two weeks, there are many important issues being debated and negotiated at a global gathering such as the Climate Change Conference currently taking place in Germany.
In the eye of the storm: small island states call for action at climate change summit
IRIN, 7 November, 2017
Salome Raqiyawa has witnessed three life-changing calamities in a single year. For her, climate change is more than CO2 emissions, scientific projections and grave predictions for tomorrow: It’s her only explanation for what’s happening now to her tiny village perched along the side of a highway on Fiji’s main island.
Why the Post-Paris Climate Challenge Is Even Harder Than We Thought
Yale Environment 360, 7 November, 2017
As international negotiators convene in Bonn, they must confront the stark conclusion of a new UN report: The national commitments under the Paris Agreement will not come close to providing the emissions reductions needed to avoid the most severe effects of climate change.
The COP23 climate change summit in Bonn and why it matters
The Guardian, 5 November, 2017
Halting dangerous global warming means putting the landmark Paris agreement into practice – without the US – and tackling the divisive issue of compensation.
Climate Science Special Report
United States Government Global Change Research Program
Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4), Volume I, 3 November 2017
This assessment concludes, based on extensive evidence, that it is extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century. For the warming over the last century, there is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational evidence.
People in poorer countries five times more likely to be displaced by extreme weather
Uprooted by Climate Change Report, 2 November 2017
People in low and lower-middle income countries were five times more likely to be forced from their homes by “sudden-onset” weather disasters, like floods and storms, than people in richer countries, according to Oxfam.
The Fiji UN Climate Summit 2017, COP23: what is at stake in Bonn?
Don Lehr, Lili Fuhr, Liane Schalatek
Heinrich Böll Foundation, 1 November 2017
The UN climate summit COP 23 will convene from 6 to 17 November 2017 in Bonn, Germany, under the presidency of the government of Fiji. This article provides an overview of key issues at stake and a summary of our expectations for the COP 23. It does not claim to be complete and is necessarily biased towards the issues that the authors and the Heinrich Böll Foundation follow more closely and consider relevant for the overall debate.
Climate change isn’t just hurting the planet – it’s a public health emergency
The Guardian, 31 October 2017
When the doctor tells you that your cholesterol is too high, you tend to listen and change your diet. When the world’s climate scientists tell us that temperatures are rising to dangerous levels, we should heed their advice. It’s time to give up climate change, it’s bad for our health.
In Defense of the 1.5°C Climate Change Threshold
Project Syndicate, 23 October 2017
According to a recent paper in the journal Nature, the world’s remaining “carbon budget” – the amount of carbon-dioxide equivalents that can be emitted before breaching the 1.5°C warming threshold – is somewhat larger than was previously thought. But this is no reason for complacency.
Climate change in the Caribbean – learning lessons from Irma and Maria
Dr Michael Taylor
The Guardian, 6 October 2017
Alongside other emerging climate patterns, there is a strong case to be made that there is something unfamiliar about the Caribbean’s climate today. We are seeing repeated and prolonged droughts, an increase in the number of very hot days, intense rainfall events causing repeated localised flooding, and rising sea levels that are consuming the beautiful beaches on which tourism in our region depends.