Caribbean Climate Watch – May Edition #1

Caribbean Climate Watch – May Edition #1

Welcome to Caribbean Climate Watch! Below are some of the major climate change headlines regionally and internationally. 

Have a read!

Regional

UNDP: Jamaica’s Climate Change Division in the Ministry of Economic Affairs recently held a virtual meeting in celebration of their 25 years of Climate Action. The meeting was attended by multiple partners, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Jamaica. UNDP’s Resident Representative Denise Antonio shared views on how UNDP has supported Climate Change action and their vision for continued partnership in the future. Read more.

International

Climate Home: With the world’s second largest coal consumer, India, seeing an almost 50% decrease in its energy demand during the COVID-19 crisis, some analysts believe there may be signs that these changes could actually be long-term. Read more.

Climate Home: The South Korean government has backed a bailout package for the countries biggest coal manufacturing plant. The move comes just weeks after the government’s recent Green New Deal plans aimed at achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. Under the plan, the administration promised to phase out domestic and overseas coal financing by public institutions. Read more.

GC: The Canadian government has announced its intention to establish a Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility, to provide bridge loans to Canada’s largest employers struggling during the pandemic. However, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says beneficiary companies with annual revenues of $300 million or more must “commit to publish annual climate-related disclosure reports… including how their future operations will support environmental sustainability and national climate goals.” Read more.

Associated Press: The largest solar energy project to date in the United States and one of the largest in the world has been given the green light. The $1 billion Gemini solar and battery storage project will be northeast of Las Vegas and is expected to produce 690 megawatts of electricity. However, conservationists are concerned about location of the clean energy project. Read more.


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