A handful of major states resisted pressure on Sunday to ramp up efforts to combat global warming as a United Nations climate summit ground to a close, angering smaller countries and a growing protest movement that is pushing for emergency action.
African Ministers at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Madrid Spain have called on parties not to abandon their ambitions in their search for compromise.
As pressure grows on rich countries to help vulnerable nations cope with worsening weather disasters and rising seas, the Green Climate Fund expects to expand its backing for projects that can tackle such “loss and damage”, said its executive director.
The Free State government has admitted that it is not ready for natural disaster management. This comes as the province experienced flash floods in Bronville in the Matjhabeng municipality and in some parts of Bloemfontein, earlier this year.
Fiercer weather and worsening wildfires drove more than 20 million people from their homes over the last decade – a problem set to worsen unless leaders act swiftly to head off surging climate threats, anti-poverty charity Oxfam said on Monday.