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Wednesday, 06 January 2016

Call to ratify climate change agreement

Trinidad and Tobago and Caribbean countries should ratify as early as possible in their Parliaments, the Paris Agreement on climate change and adaptation, and submit their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to mitigate climate change says African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) grouping Secretary General Dr Patrick “PI” Gomes. “For us, climate change is an existential threat. For us it is survival. It is not only a matter of mitigating, but also looking at adaptation,” he said.  In an interview yesterday, Gomes who is currently in Trinidad on holiday, told Newsday that from April, countries may ratify the Paris Agreement so that it enters into force. The agreement sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below two degrees Celcius. The legally binding agreement is due to enter into force in 2020. Trinidad and Tobago is the second highest per capita producer of greenhouse emissions after Qatar. It was important, Gomes said, that TT and other Caribbean countries make up their INDCs to mitigate climate change and adaptation through consultations.  The ACP countries, he said, pressed for the INDCs in Paris at the climate change conference.

Source: Newsday