(Jamaica Gleaner) CARIBBEAN ISLANDS are prepared to fight for the acceptance of the final draft of the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius.
The document will come up for approval at next week’s plenary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Incheon, Korea.
“It is a very big deal. This is the document that will basically tell us why all the islands, for years, have been asking that we restrict the warming to 1.5 degrees. This document is coming with the evidence of what 1.5 versus what 2 degrees means – and the difference is huge,” said Jacqueline Spence, Jamaica’s climate change focal point for the IPCC.
“It also speaks to the gaps that exist with NCDs (nationally determined contributions to the reduction of GHG emissions) that countries have agreed to … Basically it is a road map and we need it, especially SIDS. This is our survival document. If we don’t get this document approved, it means we are standing in a very bad position,” she added.
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