気候変動 19年9月23日

World’s Hard Fought Battle Against Climate Change,IPS,19.9.23

Confronting the New Climate Reality in Asia and the Pacific,IPC,19.9.23

In less than ten days world leaders will be gathering at the United Nations in New York for the Climate Action Summit. Their goal is simple; to increase ambition and accelerate action in the face of a mounting climate emergency.

For many this means ambition and action that enables countries to decarbonize their economies by the middle of the century. But that is only half the equation. Equally ambitious plans are also needed to build the resilience of vulnerable sectors and communities being battered by climate related disasters of increasing frequency, intensity and unpredictability.

Nowhere is this reality starker than in the Asia Pacific region which has suffered another punishing year of devastation due to extreme events linked to climate change. Last year Kerala state in India had its worst floods in a century. The floods in Iran in April this year were unprecedented. Floods and heatwaves in quick succession in Japan caused widespread destruction and loss of life. In several South Asian countries, immediately following a period of drought, weeks of heavy monsoon rains this month unleashed floods and landslides. Across North-east and South Asia, record high temperatures have been set.

Climate Change Scientist sound warning before UN summit,Financial Times,19.9.23,p2

Leaders have yet to grasp enormity of climate task,FT.com,19.9.22

Pizol glacier: Swiss hold funeral for ice lost to global warming,BBC,19.9.22