Solomon Islands: A National Water and Climate Change Forum focusing on water for domestic use in the face of climate change.

THE Island Sun newspaper has reported that a National Water and Climate Change Forum is underway in Honiara with a view to focusing on the resilience of water for domestic use in the face of climate change.

The Forum occurs in the light that the United Nations (UN) has forecast that by 2050, globally; one in four people will be affected by recurrent water shortages

During the Forum multiple organizations (government and non-government) will showcase their experiences, best practices, challenges and lessons learnt.

The National Government will conclude the Forum by discussing the next steps for accelerating scaling up of adaptation in the water sector and set out a road map for any associated policy and/or sect oral coordination actions.

(Source : Island Sun newspaper)

Meanwhile, quoting news reported from CNN, a new US government report has delivered a dire warning about climate change and its devastating impacts, saying the US economy could lose hundreds of billions of dollars — or, in the worst-case scenario, more than 10 percent of its GDP — by the end of the century.

“The federally mandated study was supposed to come out in December but was released by the Trump administration on Friday.

“David Easterling, the director of the Technical Support Unit at the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, emphasized that there was “no external interference in the report’s development.” He added that the climate change the Earth is experiencing is unlike any other.

“The global average temperature is much higher and is rising more rapidly than anything modern civilization has experienced, and this warming trend can only be explained by human activities,” Easterling said.

“Coming from the US Global Change Research Program, a team of 13 federal agencies, the Fourth National Climate Assessment was put together with the help of 1,000 people, including 300 leading scientists, roughly half from outside the government.

“It’s the second of two volumes. The first, released in November 2017, concluded that there is “no convincing alternative explanation” for the changing climate other than “human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases.”

“The report’s findings run counter to President Donald Trump’s consistent message that climate change is a hoax.”

Yours sincerely

Frank Short

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