THE Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) says last week's publication by the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group shouls serve as a further wake up call to regional governments about the seriousness of climate change phenomenon.
In a release from its base in Belmopan, Belize, on Friday, the 5Cs said:
"The IPCC Working Group I assessment report, Climate Change 2013: the Physical Science Basis, confirms the Caribbean Community's long-standing call to limit global temperature rise to 1.5º C."
It explained that at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2009, the Caribbean Community indicated to the world community that a global temperature rise above 1.5ºC would seriously affect the survival of
In a subsequent conference of the Parties in Cancun, the following year, the 5Cs said governments agreed that emissions need to be kept at a level that would ensure global temperature increases would be limited to below 2ºC. At that time, it said, the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) reiterated that any rise in temperature above 1.5ºC would seriously affect their survival and compromise their development agenda.
"The latest IPCC Assessment Report re-affirms the position reached in its previous report AR4. The position reached at that time was that it is very likely that the temperature rise will be in excess of 2ºC, with a possible rise as high as 3ºC," the regional climate change organisation said.
It added: "The United Nations Human Development Report (2008) and the State of the World Report (2009) of The Worldwatch Institute have identified 2ºC as the threshold above which irreversible and dangerous climate change will become unavoidable".
"The latest IPCC Assessment Report should serve as a further wake up call to our region that we cannot continue on a business as usual trajectory. It is an imperative that climate change be integrated in every aspect of the region's development agenda, as well as its short, medium and long-term planning.
"The region must also continue to aggressively engage its partners at the bilateral and multilateral levels to reduce their emissions. The best form of adaptation is reduction in emissions level," the release said.
The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre opened in August 2005. It coordinates the region's response to climate change and serves as a repository of data specific to