Environmental Management

As COP21 Opens, UN Secretary General Tells World Leaders Paris Must Mark a Decisive Turning Point

November 30, 2015           PARIS, France, CNS – The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) opened here Monday with an unprecedented 150 world leaders present. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon called on the Presidents, Prime Ministers and Heads of States to deliver a universal, meaningful and robust agreement. “You are […]

Marching Into The Climate Negotiations

November 30, 2015           PARIS, France – The climate change movement broke records in more than 10 countries around the world. The largest climate marches in history were held in Australia and the UK, with 60,000 and 50,000 people traipsing the streets of Melbourne and London. This  movement is representative of […]

Development Banks Vow to Mobilise Collective Resources to Confront Climate Change

November 30, 2015         PARIS, France – The heads of the world’s largest development banks pledged today to work together to substantially increase climate investments and ensure that development programmes going forward consider climate risks and opportunities. In a joint statement released at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UN […]

S&P: Climate Change can Impact Credit Risk of C’bean Countries

November 30, 2015           PARIS, France (CMC) — A major international credit rating agency says Caribbean and Southeast Asian countries are mostly at risk of climate change affecting their credit ratings. “Our simulations indicate that climate change-related natural hazards can harm sovereign ratings,” said Marko Mrsnik, a credit analyst with the […]

Regional Unions Want Say in Climate Change Response

November 30, 2015         CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — Regional trade unions have written to Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony outlining their concerns ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) that opens today in Paris. The unions want Caribbean leaders to engage the labour movement in addressing issues relating […]

CARICOM to Push for Special Consideration at Climate Change Conference

November 27, 2015           BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Prime Minister of Barbados Freundel Stuart says next week’s Conference of Parties (COP21) negotiations in Paris will see the grouping pushing for special treatment for Small Island Developing States (SIDS). “We will advocate strongly for special consideration […]

Children Extremely Vulnerable to Climate Change, Warns UNICEF

United Nations, (IPS) – Climate change will disproportionately impact children, particularly in high poverty areas, the UN children’s agency UNICEF warned, in a new report released here. The report, “Unless We Act Now,” illustrates the dangers of climate change on livelihoods and urges for action ahead of the upcoming Paris Climate Change Conference, also known […]

Climate Change Puts Heat On Asia, Caribbean Ratings: S&P

Paris, France (AFP) – Climate change will put current credit ratings on sovereign debt at risk, especially in southeast Asia and the Caribbean, as the likelihood of natural disasters rises along with temperatures, rating agency Standard and Poor’s said on Thursday. “Our simulations indicate that climate change-related natural hazards can harm sovereign ratings,” Standard and […]

Sea Level Rise: What Does it Mean for Antigua and Barbuda

November 25, 2015         ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CNS – Climate change will have many devastating effects related to changes in weather patterns, but the greatest damage will be caused by rising sea level. Antigua and Barbuda is poised to suffer from this with critical infrastructure below sea level. Sea level rises as […]

Barbados Prime Minister’s Message on Climate Change

Bridgetown,  Barbados – We stand on the edge of a precipice. Climate change threatens the very existence of many small island and low-lying coastal states in the Caribbean and around the world. Amongst other things, climate change has already caused extreme weather events, coastal erosion and changes in weather patterns that have had tragic consequences […]