- Created on Saturday, 21 December 2013 04:13
- Last Updated on Saturday, 21 December 2013 04:16
- Written by Andrew Spiteri
Climate change is an issue of science. This is a point that has to be clear. It is not something that deserves to be debated in legislative halls. Decisions on the extent and speed at which climate change is happening are made within the scientific community. As a result, science needs to inform the policy that is being drafted, internationally and nationally, and it must inform all debates. Currently, the go to source for climate change science is the IPCC, which recently came out with there latest report from their Assessment Report 5: Working Group 1 - The Physical Basis. Immediately after the WG1 published their results Stefan Rahmstorf, of the Real Climate blog, posted a preliminary article on the WG1's findings. He stated that one of the primary reasons for the establishment of a 2°C limit was the destabilization of the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS). With this latest report the IPCC has revised their estimate for the critical temperature limit at which the loss of the GrIS would occur down from 1.9-4.6°C to 1-4°C above pre-industrial temperatures (with low and medium confidence given to the lower and upper limits respectively, in the Summar for Policymakers). Currently, we are at .8°C above pre-industrial with more guaranteed warming due to inertia in the climate system. The loss of the GrIS is one of the situations in which it is thought abrupt or dangerous climate change could be initiated. Therefore, this downward revision of the critical temperature limit is something that should be taken into consideration. It is not entirely clear whether that is the case though.
- Created on Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:40
- Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:45
- Written by SustainUS
SustainUS COP 19 delegates stage a protest at the Poland climate talks calling for strong climate action by the US government.
On Tuesday December 3, Nancy Sutley announced that she will be stepping down from her role as Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) in February 2014. “SustainUS greatly appreciates Ms. Sutley’s work over the last five years, especially regarding development of the new vehicle fuel efficiency standards and the President’s Climate Action Plan. As a youth organization, we are focused on fighting for the rights of future generations, and we found an ally in Ms. Sutley,” commented SustainUS Chair Matt Maiorana.
- Created on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 21:08
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 07:10
- Written by Lingxiao He
According to a research conducted by United Nations, over the last two decades, the number of recorded natural disasters has doubled from approximately 200 to over 400 per year. Nine out of every ten of these disasters have been climate related. You never truly believe or know the exact meaning of something unless you see it and get involved. For me, from my previous perspective, I thought Pacific Ocean should be as pacific as its name indicated. Thanks to the opportunity provided by SustainUS, I got a chance to get involved in climate change dialogue, I got to know the heartbreaking facts of global warming, especially in Small Islands Developing States (SIDS)——those who contributed the least to this unprecedented crisis are suffering the most cruel punishment revenged by the nature.
In responding to the inaction of those who caused the climate crisis but refuse to take the responsibility to solve, 800 members of civil society walked out of the talks in COP19 today. The Parties, notably US, Japan, Australia, and Canada, badly influenced by a massive fossil fuel lobby, are making the negotiations worse enough, their inconsistency on the commitment of adaptation fund and carbon cuts are costing lives, as they applauding themselves in the conference center, the Philippines are still counting losses from Typhoon Haiyan which hit the islands several days before. The nature has alarmed us, the impact of climate change isn't something that awaits in a far-off, distant future, they're happening now. As long as we know how serious a problem climate change has become, we will understand there is no time to wait.
Tonight at 8pm, SustainUS held a side event in COP19 together with The Republic of Ecuador. As the co-coordinator of this side event with Ecuador government, I honorably worked together with the government over the last five months, and with the help of Andrew Spiteri, we worked out the side event titled of “Net Avoided Emissions: A Concrete Solution to Address Climate Change in Small Islands Development States and Other Developing Countries.” This dialogue took place today in Conference Room Torun, Ecuador government addressed the Net Avoided Emissions Initiative, which is a way that could help developing countries to develop without contributing to the furtherance of climate change. Following this, I presented my research paper, Small Islands, Vast Oceans and Shared Challenges: Linkage between South-North-South on Climate Change, which aims to promote cooperation between South and North on technology transfer and best practice exchanges. Our other respected panelists in the panel have made three clear points about adaptation on climate change, they are:
- Efforts should be made to encourage creation and implementation of adaptation funds in LDCs and SIDS.
- Efforts should be made to establish international climate risk insurance to address losses and damages caused by nature disasters.
- Funding must prioritize projects in LCDs and SIDS due to their heightened to the effects of climate change,
However, as a cross-border issue, climate change are turning into an “epidemic.” There is still a long way to go, we expect there will be more efficient dialogues in future, because compared to the tremendous nature, time is not on our side; we need to increase ambition in every track of possible negotiations, not for the game between the great powers, but for our survival in a rapidly changing world.
With infinite amounts of respect,
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