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Global Climate Change Summit COP23 Begins in Germany
Today, Nov. 6, 2017, marks the beginning of the world's largest Climate Change Summit. Representatives from almost 200 countries will gather in the city of Bonn, Germany for the United Nations' 23rd climate change conference of the parties, COP23, under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), which aims to halt global warming, says the Huffington Post.
Studies have found that extreme weather is already on the increase due to climate change, according to The Guardian. Heatwaves and heavy rains or flooding are already happening with increasing regularity worldwide, according to new reasearch published in Nature Climate Change. The COP23 hopes to create strategies to lower global carbon emissions to prevent "severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts" around the world. The well-known Paris agreement from COP21 in 2015 was the first "global deal" to attempt to fight climate change, but stricter concrete goals need to be set to keep global temperature rise below 2 and possibly 1.5 degrees Celcius.
Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama of Fiji will preside over this year's summit, a first for the small island nation. Fiji suffered damages over $1 billion after a cyclone in 2016, opening conversations about "compensation for climate change and adapting to future threats."
This is the first COP since President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris agreement in June. However, the United States withdrawal will not take effect until 2020. The Trump administration announced last week that it would promote the use of fossil fuels during a presentation at COP23. According to the New York Times, delegates from the United States will host a talk titled, “The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation,” and discuss the benefits of coal, natural gas and nuclear power.
SCETV has explored how climate change is currently affecting the southeastern coast of the United States in the new documentary Sea Change. To see the complete program, tune in to Sea Change on SCETV for the premiere, Nov. 15 at 7:00 p.m. Narrator Patrick McMillan takes viewers from the sands of Hunting Island State Park to other communities along the coast, looking at immediate and long-term impacts and the efforts made to withstand nature’s onslaught.