Lima COP Kicks off with Inspiring Calls to Action

Source: UNFCCC

The UN Climate Change Conference in Peru ( 1- 12 December) kicked off on Monday with inspiring calls to climate action.

In her opening address, the UN’s top climate change official Christiana Figueres called on delegates to take inspiration from Peru’s famous Nazca lines etched into the soil by Peru’s indigenous Nazca people many centuries ago.

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Pledges made towards GCF at the United Nations Climate Summit 2014

Source: Green Climate Fund website

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invited leaders to a Climate Summit to raise political momentum for a meaningful universal climate agreement in Paris in 2015. An unprecedented 125 Heads of State and government attended the gathering. They were joined by more than 800 leaders from business, finance and civil society.

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Sweden extends financial support for CCCA second phase

PHNOM PENH – Sweden granted 28,000,000 Swedish Krona (approx. US$3.8 million) on Friday (14 November 2014) to support an initiative implemented by the United Nations Development Programme to help Cambodia improve its capacity to respond to climate change impacts on its development.

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Sri Lanka launche $100 million climate resilience effort

The Sri Lankan government has launched a $100 million climate resilience programme that  government officials say will allow it to adapt better to changing climate patterns.

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UN CC offers free CC e-learning to all 195 countries party to UNFCCC

Source: UN CC:Learn e-learning platform.

It’s official. In little more than 6 months the UN CC:Learn online Introductory Course on Climate Change has received close to 8000 registrations from all 195 countries that are party to the UNFCCC. The course is offered free of charge at above address.

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US declares: Global warming is affecting US

The government’s newest national assessment of climate change declares that increased global warming is affecting every part of the United States.

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Cambodia to climb climate change readiness ladder

Although many attempts are being made to track impacts of different climate change actions at a project level, mapping these effects at the national level will be much more complex. Cambodia is one of several countries that are developing monitoring and evaluation frameworks that can track multiple layers of information at the national, sub-national and sectoral levels.

Cambodia is one of the least developed countries, and is among the most vulnerable to climate change, particularly to floods, droughts and tropical storms. Most Cambodians depend on agriculture but lack the infrastructure and information they need to cope with extreme events.

To overcome these challenges, the government is investing in ways to adapt diverse sectors to the changing climate. In recent years it has mobilised US$200 million with support from development partners and multilateral banks to improve roads and irrigation, and build flood resilient infrastructure.

Full article, please follow the link: International Institute for Environment and Development News

 

UN Reports: Cambodia At High Risk From Climate Change

The UN report presents an extensive regional analysis that identifies Southeast Asia—and Cambodia in particular—as particularly vulnerable to changes in climate due to an overreliance on fishing and rice production for livelihoods. “Assessing climate change impacts together with the high share of fisheries as a source of income showed that Cambodia’s economy is one of the most vulnerable to climate change,” the report says.

If you want to read full article, please follow the link to The Cambodia Daily.

 

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Climate change linked to Indus civilization decline 4,100 years ago

A new study has suggested that climate change may have contributed to the decline of a city-dwelling civilization in Pakistan and India 4,100 years ago.

 

Scientists from the University of Cambridge have demonstrated that an abrupt weakening of the summer monsoon affected northwest India 4,100 years ago.

The resulting drought coincided with the beginning of the decline of the metropolis-building Indus Civilisation, which spanned present-day Pakistan and India, suggesting that climate change could be why many of the major cities of the civilisation were abandoned.

The research involved the collection of snail shells preserved in the sediments of an ancient lake bed. By analysing the oxygen isotopes in the shells, the scientists were able to tell how much rain fell in the lake where the snails lived thousands of years ago.

If you want to read the full article, please follow this link to the Cambodia News website

The study was published in the journal Geology. (ANI)

 

Flood News-Clippings

Floods reports from various media have been circulating on various local and international media, and on social websites, with numerous dramatic witness-videos of flash floods taking people away.

Below is a review of the local news on online and print media:

  • Various flood reports have been circulating on facebook, with numerous dramatic witness-videos of flash floods taking people away.
  • Local radio channels yesterday also reported national roads blocked by floods (Battambang, Siem Reap) and other major roads in the country. ABC (107.5fm) has established a relay to provide assistance to populations affected.
  • The Cambodia Daily on the 7th October reports that over 96 people have already been killed by the floods. Citizens of Battambang were quoted as saying that the entire town was knee deep in water. Major dam structures were also at risk of breaking (in Bantey Meanchey) and prompted the army to respond with over 600 troops using sand banks to avoid disaster and flooding of over 8 villages.

International news media also widely covered the floods:

  • Radio Australia reported on the 7th Oct (excerpt only): Cambodian floods prompt international aid action: Cambodian authorities say dozens people have died in recent flooding caused by heavy rains and an overflowing Mekong River. It's estimated more than 375,000 people have been affected, with over 9,000 homes evacuated. The international humanitarian agency Care is working with local authorities to assess the damage in Rattanakiri Province, which is one of the worst affected areas.
  • The Euronews website reports (excerpt only): The Mekong has burst its banks in several places, forcing tens of thousands of people to higher ground. “We are short of food and facing difficulties moving around. It is better for those who have boats but I do not have one so I have to walk through the water every time I need to go anywhere,” said one man. The capital Phnom Penh is not being spared. Around 25,000 hectares of rice paddies have been destroyed, and it is a similar story in neighbouring Vietnam, which has been hit by Typhoon Wutip, Laos, and Thailand.
  • The Washington Post reports on Oct. 7, 2013: Flooding in Cambodia claims more than 80 lives. Heavy rains sends the Mekong River out of its banks, putting hundreds of square miles of rice fields underwater while killing dozens of people and affecting tens of thousands more. The floods caused by continuous rainfall have killed 83 people, affected 800,000 others and damaged 463 square milesof rice paddies, according to Cambodia’s National Disaster Management Committee.

 

 

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