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Japan and UNDP kick start US$15 million Caribbean climate change project

January 29, 2016
Japan and UNDP kick start US$15 million Caribbean climate change project BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched the US$15 million Japan-Caribbean climate change partnership (J-CCCP) on Thursday, in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, to keep global warming...

2015 hottest year on record, says UN weather agency

January 26, 2016
2015 hottest year on record, says UN weather agency GENEVA, Switzerland -- The global average surface temperature in 2015 broke all previous records by a strikingly wide margin, according to the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which announced on Monday that, for the first time on record, temperatures were...

IDB supports climate change adaptation program in Tobago

January 21, 2016
IDB supports climate change adaptation program in Tobago WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has provided grant financing of $500,000 to the Cropper Foundation in Trinidad and Tobago to implement a pilot program utilizing underwater sculptures as an innovative approach to climate change adaptation in the Buccoo Reef area.

Hottest year in Cuba since 1951

January 8, 2016
Hottest year in Cuba since 1951 HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The average annual temperature in Cuba last year was the highest since 1951, reaching a value of 1.06 Celsius degrees above the historical average (25.49), said specialists from the Climate Center of the Meteorology Institute. Granma newspaper reported that...

Commentary: The View from Europe: CARICOM and climate change

December 29, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: CARICOM and climate change On December 12 in Paris, France’s foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, brought to a close the UN climate change conference, COP 21. “I now invite the COP to adopt the decision entitled Paris Agreement outlined in the document,” he said, and then seconds later: “Looking out to the room I see that...

EarthTalk: What do green groups think about the outcome of the recent Paris climate talks?

December 19, 2015
EarthTalk: What do green groups think about the outcome of the recent Paris climate talks? On December 12, 2015, 195 countries assembled at the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris produced a 32-page agreement outlining goals to phase out industrial carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. All countries agreed on “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 degrees...

Commentary: No cause to celebrate Paris climate agreement

December 18, 2015
Commentary: No cause to celebrate Paris climate agreement The results of the climate change conference in Paris (COP21) give no reason for small island states to cheer. The agreement reflects many promises and little action. The one item of concrete action is merely an undertaking to evaluate carbon emissions every five years – and even that has no teeth.

Commentary: Climate change calculus

December 16, 2015
Commentary: Climate change calculus The wrangle at the UN’s Climate Conference in Paris to commit to 1.5 or 2 degrees of warming is an academic calculus that contains a sensitive and urgent opportunity. But away from the doors of negotiations is the amenable posture of significant deviation, and political correctness.

Letter: The Paris climate change promise

December 15, 2015
Letter: The Paris climate change promise The Paris Agreement, the climate change deal, is not really a deal at all. It is a promise based on delay and deferral. The following are some of its promises. First, the nations of the world have not yet signed up. This is to be done on April 22, 2016, when there is to be a “signing ceremony”.

World agrees historic global climate deal

December 14, 2015
World agrees historic global climate deal PARIS, France -- A historic new global climate agreement has been struck at the United Nations conference on climate change in Paris, which takes a significant step forward to reducing emissions. For the first time ever 195 countries, including the world’s largest emitters...

CARICOM ministers sign project with Italy to combat climate change

December 10, 2015
CARICOM ministers sign project with Italy to combat climate change PARIS, France -- Ministers of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Francesco La Camera, director general of Italy’s ministry of environment, on Tuesday signed a €6 million project to assist CARICOM member states to mitigate climate variability and change. This project, which was negotiated between...

ECLAC side event at COP21 advocates Caribbean debt relief

December 9, 2015
ECLAC side event at COP21 advocates Caribbean debt relief PARIS, France -- The possibilities for integrating the twin imperatives of pursuing climate resilience and debt reduction with a proposal for debt for climate adaptation swaps, was due to be considered at a side event held during the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21).

Commentary: The climate agreement in Paris: Betting on collective action

December 8, 2015
Commentary: The climate agreement in Paris: Betting on collective action At the 21 Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which takes place in Paris from November 30 to December 11, the governments of the world face the challenge of reaching an agreement to limit global temperature rise to below...

Caribbean Natural Resources Institute calls for strong commitments to tackling climate change

December 5, 2015
Caribbean Natural Resources Institute calls for strong commitments to tackling climate change PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CANARI) -- The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) is calling on the global community to support the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) position advocating for a cap on the world's temperature rise at 1.5 degrees Centigrade as part of their...

Bahamas PM renews call for grant, aid reform for SIDS at climate conference

December 4, 2015
Bahamas PM renews call for grant, aid reform for SIDS at climate conference NASSAU, Bahamas --Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie has renewed his call for grant funding and aid reform for small island developing states (SIDS), stating that gross domestic product (GDP) per capita should no longer inhibit small island nations’ access to funding as the cost of climate...

Caribbean stakeholders need to be engaged in addressing climate change

December 4, 2015
Caribbean stakeholders need to be engaged in addressing climate change PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CANARI) -- Effective climate change policies require genuine engagement and evidence that you have not only consulted stakeholders, but that their views have informed your process. This was one of the key points raised by the Caribbean Natural...

Commentary: Paris talks on climate change to avert an apocalypse? Hardly...

December 4, 2015
Commentary: Paris talks on climate change to avert an apocalypse? Hardly... Listening to talks at this Paris conference, which convened on Monday, you could be forgiven for thinking that the clear and present danger the world faces is climate change, not Islamic terrorism. Except that, to anyone who knows anything about the global effort to combat climate change...

Commentary: Small states facing a slide to catastrophe

December 4, 2015
Commentary: Small states facing a slide to catastrophe The success of the current climate change conference in Paris for small states will be judged by only two criteria: the limiting of global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, and firm and binding commitments by the industrialised nations to provide financing for adaptation and mitigation...

Caribbean leaders meet with US president on climate change

December 3, 2015
Caribbean leaders meet with US president on climate change PARIS, France -- US President Barack Obama underscored the impact of climate change on the world’s most vulnerable countries in a meeting with the heads of government of small island countries on Tuesday. The 40-odd countries in the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)...

Caribbean environmental experts seek solutions for climate change and public health challenges

November 19, 2015
Caribbean environmental experts seek solutions for climate change and public health challenges CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Caribbean, mainly comprised of small island nations, is the world’s most tourist-dependent region, and one of the most vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change. Within recent times, the region has experienced more frequent and severe storms and hurricanes.

Caribbean called on to adopt climate resilient food systems

November 6, 2015
Caribbean called on to adopt climate resilient food systems BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- In order to strengthen their agricultural sectors and avoid or mitigate the negative impact of climate change, Caribbean countries should introduce and promote climate resilient food systems, said Juan Cheaz, senior programme coordinator Agricultural Policy and Value Chains...

Commentary: Climate Change Actions: We can do at least this much

November 3, 2015
Commentary: Climate Change Actions: We can do at least this much Everyone knows that some small island states, such as the Maldives in the Indian Ocean or Tuvalu in the Pacific, face serious risks to their survival if we do not take effective action to address climate change and curb rising sea levels. At a dinner convened jointly between France and the UK in London...

Commentary: It's all down to money

October 30, 2015
Commentary: It's all down to money Money matters. It will matter a great deal when representatives of about 200 countries meet in Paris from 1 to 11 December to try, yet again, to settle a universally acceptable deal on climate change. The issues will boil down to how much money it will take to meet the challenges of climate change and who will pay.

Caribbean poet issues call to action on climate change

October 15, 2015
Caribbean poet issues call to action on climate change CASTRIES, St Lucia -- “The arts can make us act, and we need action in response to the threats, the realities of climate change.” These were the words from award-winning Saint Lucian poet Kendel Hippolyte, speaking at the launch of a Caribbean campaign on Climate Justice last Thursday evening.

Major UN treaty comes into force, small island leaders say they 'will not be left behind'

October 7, 2015
Major UN treaty comes into force, small island leaders say they 'will not be left behind' NEW YORK, USA -- September 30, 2015, is etched in the history books of the United Nations (UN), observing the announcement of the entry into force of the SIDS DOCK Treaty, and the legal recognition of this historic intergovernmental sustainable energy and climate resilience organization.

Grenada joins regional call for action on climate change

October 3, 2015
Grenada joins regional call for action on climate change NEW YORK, USA -- A framework for climate change “cannot wait,” Grenada’s foreign minister said on Friday, joining other leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean calling for urgent action in the United Nations General Assembly. “The impacts of climate change are already being felt the world over,”...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Climate change, the Pope and the Caribbean

September 26, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Climate change, the Pope and the Caribbean In a little over a month’s time, negotiators from around the world will gather in Paris to try to reach a final and globally binding agreement on a new treaty on climate change. It is no exaggeration to say that achieving this is of existential importance to the Caribbean. The meeting, from November 30...

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