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Guyana: Climate Change impacts could cost oil rich Guyana US$800M – Gov’t Report

— Govt. Report says over 300,000 citizens could be harmed

By Kiana Wilburg – Nov 25, 2021 – Kaieteur News – Since the 1960s, increases in temperature, sea level and extreme rainfall have exposed just how vulnerable Guyana is to climate change. This frightening global phenomenon has resulted in more than US$600M in losses. That figure could however see an alarming spike as two government reports predict that more climate woes of potentially catastrophic proportions lie ahead for the world’s latest oil exploration hotspot.

Some of the homes that were almost submerged during the May-June 2021 flooding.

 

According to the 2015 Climate Resilience Strategy and Action Plan for Guyana, climate change will no doubt alter the characteristics of hazards Guyana is exposed to (e.g. average annual rainfall) and the nature of variability (e.g. more intense storms, irregular seasonal rainfall), which will hamper the nation’s socio-economic development objectives.              Continue reading

Speech: Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados – Opening of the #COP26 World Leaders Summit – Video

Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados, makes a speech at the Opening of the #COP26 World Leaders Summit of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).

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GUYANA: The Myth of Food Security – By Akola Thompson

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Despite having the official label of being a food secure nation, it is no secret that Guyana is anything but. Large pockets of our population struggle with access to food and are undernourished.

Poverty stands as one of the main contributing factors towards food accessibility, but other things such as geography and the ever-increasing threat of climate change also have a significant role to play. This has become even more pronounced given the health, environmental and social circumstances that we are currently experiencing.

With coastal portions of Guyana lying approximately one meter below sea level at high tide, our nation has largely become expectant, if not accustomed, to flooding. While during May-June periods these floods come and go with little fanfare, this year – 2021 – has seen significant changes.      Continue reading

CLIMATE CRISIS: Scientists Blindsided by Rain at the Summit of Greenland’s Ice Cap

“This is unprecedented. We are crossing thresholds not seen in millennia.”

Damian Carrington | Mother Jones

Greenland’s ice is melting faster than any time in the past 12,000 years, scientists have estimated, with the ice loss running at a rate of about 1 million tons a minute in 2019.

RAIN HAS FALLEN ON THE SUMMIT OF GREENLAND’S HUGE ICE CAP FOR THE FIRST TIME ON RECORD. Temperatures are normally well below freezing on the 10,551 ft peak, and the precipitation is a stark sign of the climate crisis.        Continue reading

MIGRATION: Pete McMartin: Historic human tsunami likely in Canada’s future – OPINION

There will be climate refugees in the millions — if not the hundreds of millions — fleeing to countries where life is still tolerable.

Author: Pete McMartin –: Aug 20, 2021 – Vancouver Sun

New refugees arrive at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Quebec, August 5, 2017. The stadium has been turned into a shelter for hundreds of refugees who have flooded across the Canada/US border in recent weeks. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on August 4 promised that his government would redouble its efforts to handle the influx of migrants illegally entering the country from the United States to seek asylum. / AFP PHOTO / Geoff RobinsGEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images

PHOTO: A flood of refugees arrive at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Photo by GEOFF ROBINS /AFP/Getty Images

In December 2020, The New York Times ran a piece headlined, “How Russia Wins The Climate Crisis.” Its theme was stark, as apocalyptic visions usually are.

The Times foresaw a future in which climate change will remake the world’s geopolitics as well as its environments. There will be climate refugees in the millions — if not the hundreds of millions — fleeing to countries where life is still tolerable.        Continue reading

Global food supplies will suffer as temperatures rise – climate crisis report

Politicians around world continue to respond to report from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Wheat harvesting season in Ghaziabad, India. When heat and humidity is high, people cannot work safely in the fields.
Wheat harvesting season in Ghaziabad, India. When heat and humidity is high, people cannot work safely in the fields. Photograph: Pradeep Gaur/SOPA Images/REX/Shutterstock
— Tue 10 Aug 2021- THE GUARDIAN
Food production around the world will suffer as global heating reaches 1.5C, with serious effects on the food supply in the next two decades, scientists have warned, following the biggest scientific report yet on the climate crisis.

 

Rising temperatures will mean there will be more times of year when temperatures exceed what crops can stand, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in its sixth assessment report published on Monday.

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WEATHER: ADAPTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE:  A 3°C World Has No Safe Place 

The extremes of floods and fires are not going away, but adaptation can lessen their impact 

The Economist

In 1745, as the River Liffey, having broken its banks, clawed at the foundations of the house in which he sat, the young Edmund Burke experienced a strange, perverse thrill. The man who would go on to found modern conservatism drew inspiration from this experience in a later essay on the sublime, writing of the unmatched delight that terrible destruction could stir — provided that it is watched from a certain distance.

The most terrible thing about the spectacular scenes of destruction that have played out around the world over the past weeks is that there is no safe place from which to observe them.        Continue reading

Canada weather: Dozens dead as heatwave shatters records in British Columbia

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June 30, 2021 – BBC News

Dozens of people have died in Canada amid an unprecedented heatwave that has smashed temperature records.

Police in the Vancouver area have responded to more than 130 sudden deaths since Friday. Most were elderly or had underlying health conditions, with heat often a contributing factor.

Canada broke its temperature record for a third straight day on Tuesday – 49.6C (121.3F) in Lytton, British Columbia.

The US north-west has also seen record highs – and a number of fatalities.

READ MORE: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57654133 

OIL: International Energy Agency (IEA) says to halt all new oil, gas projects

By Kiana Wilburg

 May 19, 2021 – Kaieteur News – If the world is to achieve Net Zero Emissions (NZE) by 2050, then plans for new oil and gas projects must come to a halt and drillers must rely on existing assets from today. This blunt message was noted in a bombshell 227-page report by the International Energy Agency (IEA).
The report comes as a huge shocker to many environmentalists and industry stakeholders who often branded the Paris-based organisation as being sympathetic to the oil industry, oftentimes underestimating the significance of renewable energy.        Continue reading

USA– ‘Decades ahead of his time’: history catches up with visionary Jimmy Carter

Former president Jimmy Carter with his wife Rosalynn in 2018. Was Carter actually so ineffectual?
Photo: Former president Jimmy Carter with his wife Rosalynn in 2018. – The Washington Post/Getty Images

A new film rejects the popular narrative and recasts the former president, 96, as hugely prescient thinker, particularly on climate change

Mon 3 May 2021 14.39 BST THE GUARDIAN
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