Twenty nations call to strengthen 2 degree climate goal

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Human activity will further warm the Earth, with dramatic effects on weather, sea-levels and the Arctic. Photo: UNEP

Twenty nations which are part of the Climate Vulnerable Forum are urging the UN Framework Convention on the issue (UNFCCC) to reduce the current 2 degrees Celsius climate goal.

Three independent reports recently highlighted implications for human rights, the workplace, migration and displacement issues if the target temperature is not lowered.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The twenty countries in the Climate Vulnerable Forum are from all corners of the globe and include the Philippines, Vanuatu, and Nepal that have recently been hit by weather disasters.

Presenting three new independent reports produced by leading experts and scientists, the Forum qualified the 2 degrees Celsius limit as "inadequate".

The reports conclude that if the international response to climate change is not more ambitious, fundamental rights will be seriously undermined, displacement of people will increase and the economies of tropical countries will lose billions of dollars.

In addition, findings show that the number of work hours that will be lost due to extreme heat will double between 1.3 and 2 degrees Celsius, especially for people working in the agriculture sector.

At the climate summit in Paris, France in December, a decision will be made on whether or not to strengthen the present goal.

The Forum says that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius would help prevent unmanageable suffering and devastation.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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