Climate Change and Security

Climate Change: A War Within

Climate change continues to be a pressing issue as we enter 2019. In the year ahead, another El Nino event and further talks on GHG emission reductions will take center stage.

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The coming year is expected to be the lead up to a landmark year for climate change advocates. Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which are the outlines of the climate contributions required of every signatory of the Paris Climate Agreement, are expected to be submitted in 2020. In the run up to 2020, the UN Secretary General will host a climate summit in September 2019 with the goal of increasing ambition on combating climate change ahead of 2020. But over the next year, the efforts to combat climate change are expected to wane as one of the world’s largest emitters, the United States (15.53%) continues to hold its stance on not cooperating with the world on climate change. Even with the report of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) offering new perspective on limiting climate change to 1.5°C, the reactions and commitments by countries have somewhat stagnated. To limit global warming to 1.5°C requires amping up of NDCs and implementing them in a more significant manner to prevent the longstanding effects of climate change.

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