Sea Level rises faster than projected

US scientists raise bar for sea level by 2100

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Wilkins Ice shelf Collapse - Antarctica - British Antarctic Survey

22 APRIL 2017

The report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) set the "extreme" scenario of global average sea level rise by 2100 to 8.2 feet (2.5 meters), up half a meter from the last estimate issued in 2012.
"We raised the upper limit of our scenarios," lead author William Sweet told AFP.
"It is possible. It has a very low probability. But we can't discount it entirely."
The figures are among the highest ever issued by the US government, and take into account new scientific studies on the disappearing ice cover in Greenland and Antarctica.
"Recent (scientific) results regarding Antarctic ice sheet instability indicate that such outcomes may be more likely than previously thought," said the report, released on January 19.
It also revised the lower end of the anticipated range, saying nearly one foot (0.3 meters) is expected by 2100, up from four inches (0.1 meters) previously.

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From Paris to Marrakech to the Pacific, an overview of the UN Climate COP22 outcomes

Mr Kosi Latu, Director General, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)

“While the Twenty-second Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP23) may be over, it was straight from one monumental environment event to another with the start of the Thirteenth Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP13) that followed in Cancun, as well as the eighth Green Climate Fund Board Meeting hosted by Samoa. Finding a moment of calm in this hectic international schedule, there is always a good time to reflect on the outcomes of the UNFCCC COP23 hosted in Marrakech this year from 7 – 18 November, and to understand how some of these outcomes may impact us here in the Pacific region. We won’t paint a story of how climate change is impacting us in the Pacific islands as this is a story that we all know so well. We will, however have a look at what 190+ country parties have agreed to at the international level, which will eventually affect us all in our homes at the national and community level. History was made yet again, with the Paris Agreement legally coming into force just days before the actual COP22 started in Marrakech, Morocco, and for this we must congratulate our Pacific island members who played a pivotal role in helping to make this happen by ensuring they had all ratified the agreement within a one year period.

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Fiji presidency a breakthrough for Pacific voice on climate change

21 November 2016
Noumea, New Caledonia – Fiji’s successful bid to preside over next year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 23) is the added muscle needed to trigger more action to combat climate change for small island states, according to the Director-General of the Pacific Community, Dr Colin Tukuitonga.
“This is a tremendous achievement for Fiji who continue to demonstrate strong leadership and commitment on the international stage,” Dr Tukuitonga said.
“On the same note, this is very significant for the entire Pacific region. The Pacific has been staunch in presenting a united voice on climate change and this appointment acknowledges support from the wider global community for the voice of the Pacific.
“It also presents an opportunity to harness more visibility and support for effectively addressing this global challenge, in particular its negative impacts on small island communities everywhere,” Dr Tukuitonga said.
Fiji’s appointment makes it the first Pacific island nation to take on this important role at a COP.
“The Pacific Community will continue to serve and support its Pacific Island members, by utilising its scientific and technical expertise to address and adapt to this ongoing climate change challenge,” Dr Tukuitonga said.
In February, Fiji’s parliament became the first in the world to approve the ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change; Fiji’s Peter Thomson is the current President of the United Nations General Assembly and Fiji also will co-organise the SDG14 Ocean Conference in June 2017 at UN headquarters in New York, thus demonstrating the country’s leadership in bringing together the international community on climate change and sustainable development.
COP 23 will be held in November 2017 in Bonn, Germany, which is the headquarters for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

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The FSM gets ready for the Green Climate Fund

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The national inception workshop for the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Readiness Program for the FSM was held in Pohnpei State, from November 21 to 24, 2016. The workshop was attended by the key stakeholders for climate change from the four States including the traditional leaders and dignitaries from both the national and state governments. Lieutenant Governor of Pohnpei State, Honorable Reed B. Oliver, gave an invigorating welcoming address and referred to the recently released documentary on climate change. He expressed his gratitude for the opportunities offered by the Fund, especially as a way to bypass the ‘climate change deniers’, and urged participants to keep engaged with the task of reducing emissions and increasing resilience of communities in the FSM, beyond the workshop. On the closing day of the workshop, the Honorable Sihna Lawrence, Secretary of Finance and the designated GCF National Designated Authority (NDA) gave an inspiring yet cautious closing address.

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Highest temperature departure for June 2016 since global temperature records began in 1880

In the atmosphere, 500-millibar height pressure anomalies correlate well with temperatures at the Earth's surface. The average position of the upper-level ridges of high pressure and troughs of low pressure—depicted by positive and negative 500-millibar height anomalies on the June 2016 map—is generally reflected by areas of positive and negative temperature anomalies at the surface, respectively.

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President Christian joins world leaders to push forward with climate action at COP22

FSM Public Information Office - DEC 2016
Unfazed by the challenges of the multilateral negotiations, FSM President Peter M. Christian called on the world leaders at the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco to maintain the momentum by “fighting the battles and climbing the mountains” to overcome such challenges in the continuing war to “save the planet and her people”. In the presence of His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco, President Christian highlighted recent successes initiated and co-sponsored by FSM and Morocco which included the phase-down and phase-outs of HFCs in the Kigali Treaty which would result in the reduction of .5 (half a percent) degrees of global warming and the elimination of about 70-80 tons of greenhouse toxic chemical being emitted into our atmosphere. Such successes must be celebrated but also followed by continued work to maintain and accelerate the momentum.
President Christian and a relatively small delegation attended the COP 22 from November 7-18, 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco. The President’s delegation joined the rest of the FSM’s technical team headed by Director Andrew Yatilman of the Office of Environment & Emergency Management at the height of the negotiations. Upon arrival President Christian was welcomed with a courtesy meeting with Morocco’s Minister of National Education and Vocational Training Mr. RachidBelmokhtar Benabdellah.
At the High Level Segment of the Conference, President Christian addressed the plenary session of world leaders and joined them in expressing their unwavering commitment to upholding and continuing the progress made thus far in addressing the effects of Climate Change. Mindful of the fact that a new administration will be inaugurated soon in the United States, President Christian euphemistically stated, “Our work in progress must continue even against new odds and speculations that certain recent events in America may not aid our efforts on Climate Change. We must have faith that our cause is too JUST to be waylaid.” The atmosphere in the room was undoubtedly one of solidarity and strength as these sentiments were echoed throughout the plenary session.

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Six Pacific islands ratify the Paris Climate Accord

The Pacific islands, amongst the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, have displayed global leadership this weekend when the Paris Agreement opened for signing on 22 April. Fiji, Nauru, Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa and Tuvalu were six of the 15 overall countries that submitted their ratification during the special signing ceremony at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
“We congratulate and commend our member countries for their leadership in not only signing but also taking that extra crucial step to ratify the Agreement, helping to ensure it will come into force,” said Mr. Kosi Latu, Director General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).
“We are committed to work with CROP agencies, our member countries and partners to help our region address climate change, the biggest threat to island survival.”
The Paris Agreement has far exceeded the historical record for first-day signatures to an international agreement. Overall there were 175 parties that signed the Paris Agreement, for which 12 out of 14 Pacific islands put pen to paper in signing the agreement signifying commitment.
“The signing of this agreement comes at a critical time for Pacific nations, and the Pacific Community will maintain unerring commitment to work with other CROP agencies and the region’s countries and territories to maintain the momentum for collective action,” the Pacific Community Director-General, Dr Colin Tukuitonga, said.
The Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, The Kingdom of Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu were the Pacific islands that signed once it was open for signature in New York.
“Only by working together can we address the most serious issues brought upon us by the effects of climate change. The CROP agencies will continue to work together, The Pacific will continue to work together, and the World must continue to work together, to save our vulnerable brothers and sisters, and future generations,” said Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.
The Pacific islands contribute to less than 0.03 percent of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions but are amongst the most vulnerable to its effects. The island region is also amongst the first to feel the impacts of climate change.
The Paris Agreement endorsed during the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris, France, marked a watershed moment in taking action on climate change. After years of negotiation, countries agreed to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, while pursuing efforts

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