The event was jointly held by the MoNRE, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), with the participation of experts, managers, policymakers, scientists and businesspeople, among others.
The letter comes as an IPCC special report on the impact of global warming has highlighted that the world is completely off track on keeping the temperature rise under 1.5 degrees C. For instance, by 2100, the global sea level rise would be 10cm lower with global warming of 1.5ºC compared with 2ºC.
"The more warming that we cause, the broader and more intense are the impacts in general", said University of New Mexico Earth and Planetary Sciences Professor David Gutzler, in summing up the main message of the report. Scientists at the time considered it to be the threshold for the most severe effects of climate change.
The dramatic report warned that the planet is now heading to warm by 3C - and to slash that to less than 1.5C as laid out in the Paris agreement will require "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society".
Taylor said it is now necessary for the Caribbean to amplify the achievement the report represents and to craft a strategy for its effective use as a tool in climate change negotiations. Together, higher temperatures and precipitation changes will decrease soil moisture and increase drought.
With clear benefits to the population and natural ecosystems worldwide, the aim of a more marginal heat increase will go hand-in-hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society, he noted. The state has met its 2020 target four years early, reducing emissions 13 percent while growing the economy 26 percent.
"It provides hope. While clearly indicating the gravity of the situation, it also tells us that it's still possible to cap the warming at 1.5 and, beyond previous reports, we now have specific information to make that case", Spence noted.
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According the the IPCC, the human carbon footprint must fall by at least 45 percent by 2030 in order for the planet to maintain the 1.5C temperature rise and reach "net-zero" by mid-century.
Climate change is happening and its effects are being felt all over the world, the Council said, adding that environment ministers are sending a strong political signal in these conclusions, which constitute the basis for the EU's position at the forthcoming COP24 climate conference in Katowice, Poland, in December. In July 2014 and again in May 2016, she served as a special envoy on climate change for the United Nations and has called for the divestment of fossil fuels.
But meeting the more ambitious goal of slightly less warming would require immediate, draconian cuts in emissions of heat-trapping gases and dramatic changes in the energy field.
Yet, we're seeing more violent storms and more severe hurricanes - which the administration denies are related to climate change (and which are costing us billions in taxpayer rebuilding funds), we're seeing more sea-level flooding in Miami and other low coastal areas; we're seeing worldwide increases in population and the scattered scramble for clean water as starvation and drought rise around the globe.
"At 1.5 degrees, we will see the consequences of climate-related risks to our health, our livelihoods, our food security, water supply, human security, and economic growth", Penny Wong, Labor's acting spokeswoman for climate change, said. A key in this effort is to have solutions that are "shovel-ready" for when the climate change impacts become painful enough that the public willpower to act sweeps quickly onto the policy scene.
Canadian investigative researcher and author, Donna Laframboise, revealed in her 2011 book "The Delinquent Teenager..." that the IPCC reports were unduly influenced by ENGOs Greenpeace and WWF.
"He said the government would not change policy "just because somebody might suggest that some sort of report is the way we need to follow and everything that we should do".