Tuesday 12 November, 2019

Mottley wants climate change focused on 1.5 to stay alive

Prime Minister Mia Mottley

Prime Minister Mia Mottley

Prime Minister Mia Mottley has again stressed the need for developed countries to pay rapt attention to the report landmark science report the United Nation Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change calling for attention to be paid to climate change and attempt to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

That report also noted that even a two degrees rise would be catastrophic, for Small Island States like Barbados and other in the Caribbean and Pacific.

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Addressing the United Nation Climate Change Action Summit Mottley said there was an urgent need to keep temperature increases less than 1.5 to stay alive, not only to thrive but to survive.

“And let us be clear.  The increase in one degree in temperature has brought us to where we are today.  [It] has already brought us this unacceptable high level of catastrophic damage and loss of life.

“Within less than a decade to two it will be virtually impossible to contain the temperature increases to 1.5 degrees unless we act now and with absolute dispatch,” the prime minister said in New York

 

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