November 22, 2019

UWI academics contribute to new IPCC special report on climate change and land

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Regional Headquarters, Jamaica. Friday, August 16, 2019—The IPCC, the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change, has just released its findings and recommendations on climate change and land and three academics from The University of the West Indies (The UWI) are contributors to the global report. Entitled Climate Change and Land: […]

1M species face extinction

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One million species threatened with extinction because of humans By Isabelle Gerretsen From CNN Story highlights The landmark UN report paints a bleak picture of a planet ravaged by an ever-growing human population. “We should act now to avoid a dire future,” scientists warn. (CNN)One million of the planet’s eight million species are threatened with […]

Climate change: Five things we’ve learnt from COP24

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By Matt McGrath BBC News Delegates to the UN climate conference in Poland have reached agreement on how to implement the 2015 Paris Climate Accord, which comes into force in 2020. What are the key points to come out of the meeting? 1. The rules are key to the game However dull it may be, […]

IPCC Releases 1.5 Report with dire warning for the Caribbean and the World

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CARICOM Climate Change Centre Monday, October 15, 2018 — Belmopan, Belize; October 10, 2018 – The highly anticipated 1.5 degrees’ report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been released, and the news is dire. But while Scientists ‘sound the alarm about complacency’, they’ve given hope that it is still possible to keep […]

The UWI calls for Caribbean action based on UN IPCC report

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From UWI “Caribbean scientists have long held the position that (global temperature rise of) 1.5°C may be the limit of global warming that vulnerable regions such as ours can tolerate.” Professor Michael Taylor, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology at The University of the West Indies (The UWI), Mona Campus is commenting on […]

Linking data to climate policy in the Caribbean

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By Sasha Jattansingh From ClimateTracker.org Caribbean researchers, scientists, policymakers, and key regional stakeholders are participating this week, from October 9 to 12, 2017 at the International Climate Change Conference in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. This conference is timely, given wake of the unprecedented destruction caused by successive hurricanes in Caribbean small islands during […]

UK: Police use of force needs recording better, IPCC says

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From BBC A better system for recording the use of force by police in England and Wales is needed to improve public perception, the police watchdog has said. The Independent Police Complaints Commission says people think force is used more readily than a decade ago. Its report also found people with mental health problems are […]

Climate change may lead to food shortages, civil conflicts, scientists warn

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By Andrew Freedman From Mashable The effects of man-made climate change, from sea-level rise to increasingly acidic ocean waters, have already become starkly apparent throughout the world. These effects are poised to worsen dramatically in coming decades due to continued emissions of greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation, according to a […]

Stephen Lawrence: IPCC to investigate Met commander over spying claims

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By Rob Evans From The Guardian UK Commander Richard Walton and two former officers are accused of involvement in plot to spy on family of murdered teenager The IPCC said it would ‘investigate allegations of discreditable conduct and breaches of honesty and integrity on the part of Commander Richard Walton’. An official watchdog is to […]

Charting a course for survival, or oblivion?

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By Stephen Leahy From IPS News UXBRIDGE, Canada, Apr 22 2014 (IPS) – Hopefully, on Earth Day today, high-level ministers from all countries are thinking about what they can bring to the table at a key set of meetings on climate change in early May. This will be the first opportunity for governments to discuss […]