Earth’s temperature is on track to increase by 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2040 if climate change is not addressed immediately and this reality will have devastating effects on the Caribbean.
Executive Director of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5C) Dr. Colin Young made this revelation during a media conference to address the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Report.
The Report revealed global emissions must be cut by 40% by 2030, if net neutrality is to be achieved by 2050.
Dr. Young says as temperatures rise disasters will increase in strength and frequency, and this will negatively impact the tourism and agriculture sectors.
The 5C was instrumental in getting the world to support the 1.5 to Stay Alive Campaign which was reflected in the Paris Agreement.
With the UN’s Climate Change Conference approaching in November, Dr. Young believes this report will enable leaders of small island developing states to promote the Caribbean’s interest.
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