Friday, 19 October, 2018

Vietnam exerts efforts to ease climate change impacts

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Vehicles wade through floodwater on Nguyen Van Cu street of Ninh Kieu district, the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.

Experts have voiced that Vietnam needs to become a demanding participant in worldwide climate negotiations and actively make efforts to tackle climate change since the country is among the most heavily impacted by this negative phenomenon.

Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) Le Cong Thanh made the statement during a high-level dialogue on climate change which took place in Hanoi on October 10.

Speaking on the recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Minister said, "Our stand is not waiting for any report, all the scientific publications and United Nations reports keep coming but we work because of our commitment to the cause, we do respect the report but not waiting for them to take action". The reality of the world today is that climate change is now happening at such an alarmingly fast rate that we may only have 12 years left before hundreds of millions of people are in peril of losing everything.

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The dialogue focuses on issues related to the response actions to climate change in Vietnam, promoting cooperation, connection with development partners, scientific community, enterprises, organizations and individuals to response to climate change, Thanh noted. For global environmental policies, it will be crucial to have United States on board.

"While time is short, there is still a chance of keeping to 1.5° of warming".

The landmark report, released in South Korea on Monday, was compiled by a team of 91 authors from 40 countries following the 2015 Paris climate agreement, in which policymakers from around the world, including India and Pakistan, agreed to work towards limiting the global average temperature increase to 1.5°C.

According to the IPCC report, if human-caused global warming can is reduced to.9 degrees Fahrenheit there will be substantially fewer downpours and substantially less sea-level rise. Half a degree less of warming could even save some of the world's coral reefs. The IPCC report suggests that this flooding could come sooner, rather than later, due to a combination of higher sea levels and more intense rainfall, if carbon emissions are not reduced within the next twelve years.