2 NOVEMBER 2021 - WASHINGTON POST

Climate change is an issue rife with scientific terminology and seemingly endless acronyms. And with the COP26 global climate summit underway in Glasgow, Scotland, the news is bound to be full of potentially perplexing terms over the next couple of weeks. To help, we’ve defined some common climate terms — from “Anthropocene” to “weather” — with links to more information throughout. For anyone looking to go even deeper, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has its own detailed glossary, and for younger readers, NASA’s Climate Kids website is aimed at making climate change more understandable and relatable.

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Climate extremes, many now clearly attributable to human-caused climate change, cause devastating impacts across the globe. Loss and Damage – which means climate impacts exceeding the adaptive capacity of countries, communities and ecosystems – is already happening and has ramifications for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs). These are impacts of slow onset processes like sea level rise or rising temperatures, and extreme events such as floods, hurricanes and tropical cyclones. But what processes are in place to help these vulnerable countries address Loss and Damage, and what progress are they making? What scientific inputs are necessary to support and advance these processes? And what are the opportunities for the scientific community to contribute?

 

This page provides background material and key resources on loss and damage, including scientific studies and briefing material relating to the policy process under the UNFCCC.

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3 NOVEMBER 2021

To reduce climate change and protect those who are most vulnerable, it’s important to understand where emissions come from, who climate change is harming and how both of these patterns intersect with other forms of injustice.

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2 NOVEMBER 2021 - CLIMATE ANALYTICS

53 countries have signed up to the Global Methane Pledge, committing to cut methane emissions by 30% in 2030 from 2020 levels. In 2019, these countries made up 30% of global methane emissions and around 34% of total global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This analysis quantifies the potential impacts of the pledge if all countries were to adopt it.

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21 OCTOBER 2021

The data shows that the richest 10% of the global population emits nearly 48% of global emissions in 2019, the top 1% emits 17% of the total, whereas the poorest half of the global population emits 12% of global emissions. 

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20 OCTOBER 2021

The Lancet is an independent, international weekly general medical journal

LANCETREPORT

The health impacts of #ClimateChange are worsening in all world regions and exacerbating inequities. At #COP26, decision-makers must show leadership and deliver an equitable, green recovery from COVID-19.

 

The Lancet Countdown is an international collaboration that independently monitors the health consequences of a changing climate. Publishing updated, new, and improved indicators each year, the Lancet Countdown represents the consensus of leading researchers from 43 academic institutions and UN agencies. The 44 indicators of this report expose an unabated rise in the health impacts of climate change and the current health consequences of the delayed and inconsistent response of countries around the globe—providing a clear imperative for accelerated action that puts the health of people and planet above all else.

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17 AUGUST 2021

WORLD METEOROLOGICAL ORGANISATION (WMO)

 WMO2020LACREPORT

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.

IPCC REPORT10 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."

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IPCCSPECIALREPORT2018

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