The 1.5°C Reader
5 NOVEMBER 2022
“In many ways we [Sids] are the guardians of the Paris Agreement, because for us it’s life and death: it’s the reality of sustained livelihoods within a society or losing not just livelihoods but losing people and land, and the danger of becoming extinct – some islands will be swallowed up unless something happens,” says Webson. “These aren’t just words; this is a fact.”
- Walton “Aubrey” Webson, Alliance of Small Island States (Aosis) current chair, ambassador and permanent representative to the UN for Antigua and Barbuda
6 November 2022
“The messages in this report could barely be bleaker – all over our planet, records are being shattered as different parts of the climate system begin to break down. The loss of ice is especially alarming as the impacts on people, societies and economies are huge. If this doesn’t focus the minds of the global leaders at Cop27, I don’t know what will.”
5 November 2022
Opinion / Kari Grenade, PhD, Caribbean Economist and Macroeconomic Advisor
The outcomes of COP27 are particularly significant for the people of the Caribbean because we are directly on the frontlines of the climate crisis. Financing, capacity building, and loss and damage are critical issues for the region.
5 November 2022
Global heating crisis is felt most by countries that are least to blame, so reparations are central to demands for climate justice
6 NOVEMBER 2022
The two-week-long summit, otherwise known as COP27, will bring together over 40,000 attendees — including governments, businesses, and civil society organisations — who will participate in the conference and other related activities.
Now in its 27th edition, the conference has over the years brought world leaders together to recommit and improve their ambitions for cutting down emissions and reducing the global temperature to below 2°C, preferably to 1.5°C.
Here are 10 things you need to know about this year’s conference.
27 SEPTEMBER 2022
From the moment diplomats and leaders first gathered at the UN in the early 1990s to discuss the issue, these states began asking for help to deal with climate-related “loss and damage” (...) In this interactive timeline, Carbon Brief has delved into the archives, talked to seasoned negotiators and interviewed activists about the struggle to elevate this issue, from a niche piece of UN jargon, into one of the defining issues in international climate politics.
15 NOVEMBER 2021
After two weeks of increasingly frantic negotiations, the gavel came down at 11.27pmon Saturday 13 November, making it the sixth longest COP on record. Vulnerable countries also left bitterly disappointed that their calls for a Glasgow “Loss and Damage Facility” were blocked by the US and EU. (See: Loss and Damage.) Yet despite question marks hanging over the COP26 pledges – and the processes kicked off by the Glasgow Pact – the outcome was widely seen as a step forward.
13 NOVEMBER 2021
The high-stakes COP26 climate change talks in Glasgow concluded on Saturday evening with the strongest government commitments to fighting climate change in history. Yet they’re still not enough to meet the ambitious targets of the Paris climate agreement and stave off some of the worst consequences of global warming.
It was not the massive course correction for the climate that activists were clamoring for.
But unlike so many climate meetings in recent years, the negotiations in Glasgow did not collapse or produce only a tepid statement of consensus.
12 NOVEMBER 2021
Finance has been one of the main sticking points throughout COP26 and, as yet, no significant breakthroughs have been made. This is one of the key areas the conference will be judged on, and much of the increasingly fraught, last-minute negotiations will centre on cold hard cash. These are the key areas to watch out for…
12 NOVEMBER 2021 - ZICO COZIER / FRIEDRICH EBERT STIFTUNG
“For a long time, developed countries have resisted any effort to recognise loss and damage, because of the liabilities and potential claims for compensation that might emanate from that,” said Dr Colin Young, Executive Director of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC).
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