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The ‘State of the Climate in 2015’ report reaffirms the continued efforts by Pacific Island countries need to be accelerated to keep the lead and momentum of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) initiated Suva Declaration.
The report also enclosed on how important it is for Pacific leaders to continue their advocacy for climate action at COP22 and beyond.
The report confirms that 2015 surpassed 2014 as the warmest year since at least the mid-to-late 19th century with last year’s record heat resulting from the combined influence of long-term global warming and one of the strongest El Nino events the globe has experienced since at least 1950.
In a statement, PIDF Secretary-General Francois Martel said he was extremely concerned at the low level of ratification of the Paris Agreement to date, with only 22 countries and 1.0% of emissions.
“The ‘State of the Climate 2015’ report confirms our worst fears, that time is not on our side and that projections on climate impacts were very much underestimated. This is why Pacific leaders need to remain vigilant and champion the ratification and implementation of the Paris agreement globally,” said Martel.
Secretary General Martel added that the Pacific nations together represent nearly one-fifth of the planet and this would send a strong message to the rest of the world if such a Treaty could be agreed upon and ratified by the most vulnerable nations on earth.
“Pacific Leaders did it before to pledge allegiance against nuclear arms so we should now look at fossil fuels in the same light. This State of the Climate Report 2015 for the Pacific reminds us of the urgency and confirms that climate induced impacts will destroy our nations. The Pacific Islands should continue to be at the forefront of that battle.”
Meanwhile, the report’s climate indicators show patterns, changes, and trends of the global climate system, several markers such as land and ocean temperatures, sea levels and greenhouse gases broke records set just one year prior.
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