Adapt to climate change

04 Jan 2016 / 20:01 H.

    I REFER to Climate deal urgent after weather-linked disasters kill 600,000 in 20 years that appears on your website www.thesundaily.my/news/1618907.
    It is a mistake for the story (by AFP) on weather-linked disasters to make a connection between extreme weather and global warming with the statement: "The link between the planet's changing climate and extreme weather was clear."
    This is one of the few areas of agreement between the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC).
    In 2012, the IPCC asserted that a relationship between global warming and wildfires, rainfall, storms, hurricanes, and other extreme weather events has not been demonstrated. In their latest assessment report released on Sept 27, 2013, IPCC scientists concluded that they had only "low confidence" that "damaging increases will occur in either drought or tropical cyclone activity" as a result of global warming.
    In 2013, the NIPCC concluded the same saying, "in no case has a convincing relationship been established between warming over the past 100 years and increases in any of these extreme events."
    Instead of wasting money trying to stop extreme weather events from happening, we need to harden our societies to these inevitable events (like deadly flooding in south India) by burying electrical cables underground, and reinforcing buildings and other infrastructure.
    Yet, of the over US$1 billion spent globally every day on climate finance, only 6% of it goes to helping people adapt to climate change today. This is the real climate crisis.
    Tom Harris
    Executive Director
    International Climate Science Coalition
    Ottawa

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