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Climate change likely to derail SDGs, warns FST Climate Scientist

Professor Michael Taylor, head of the Climate Studies Group and dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus, says achieving the SDGs is under threat from climate change, and this should be of urgent concern to all of us who want a liveable future. Citing scientific research, which estimates that by 2023 Kingston could be among cities experiencing climate departure, the climate scientist said this would have implications for people’s quality of life. As such, he said we must all be concerned and seek to tackle climate change as an imperative.

“The EU is, and has always been, at the forefront of fighting climate change and will continue to lead by example,” she said. Van Steen said the EU has increased its aim to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 per cent by 2030. This, along with its commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 are enshrined in law. In addition, she noted that the EU has since introduced a new strategy to guide the 27-nation bloc’s adaptation to the unavoidable impacts of climate change. On the important issue of climate finance, she said the EU is the most significant international donor, contributing over €20 billion to international public climate finance.


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Published on 07 Nov, 2022

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