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Drought land

Posted: Sunday, August 8, 2021. 4:50 pm CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: The United Nations (UN), in preparation for the launch of its new latest assessment on Monday about the state of global warming, is warning that developing countries are struggling against the effects of climate change, the BBC reports.

The UN notes that organizations representing 90 low-income countries have said that their climate adaptation and resiliency plans have not been able to keep up with the impacts of climate change, particularly climate-induced disasters. The UN also notes that there is limited evidence to show that the plans that were implemented have actually reduced risks to environmental shocks rooted in climate change.

“We need to adapt our plans to the worsening climate crisis. Our existing plans are not enough to protect our people,” says Sonam Wangdi, chair of the UN’s Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group on climate change.

The report, which was compiled by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is set to be released on Monday, August 9. It is set to provide a scientific assessment of current and future climate change and be a key reference for policymakers at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021.

As a country counted among the Small Island Developing States (SIDS), a group that produces less than 1 percent of the world’s carbon emissions that are powering climate change, Belize is among the countries that have felt some of the severe impacts of climate change. There has been massive beach erosion, coral bleaching, and a sustained drought over the past few years, in line with what other SIDs countries have been experiencing due to climate change.


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