Published: Tue, January 26, 2021
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Climate litigations spiked in recent years, says United Nations body

Climate litigations spiked in recent years, says United Nations body

At the two-day meeting in The Hague, the Netherlands, discussion is focused on how countries are adapting to the changing climate and the consensus is that not enough is being done.

Guterres said that he has called for 50 percent of the total share of climate finance provided by all donors and multilateral development banks to be allocated for climate adaptation and resilience. Those costs could rise to between $140 billion and $300 billion by 2030.

The goal of CAS is to try to develop united practical solutions to the challenges and the inevitable effects of climate change over the coming decade.

Leaders from all over the world opened in the Hague the first online global Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS) 2021 on Monday.

Less than a week after President Joe Biden announced the return of the United States to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, his special climate envoy, Mr John Kerry, was due to join China's Deputy Prime Minister Han Zheng, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other leaders at a Climate Adaptation Summit.

Former U.S. Secretary of State and Joe Biden's newly-appointed climate envoy John Kerry and Deputy Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng also spoke at the summit.

Within the period, the country suffered 226 extreme events, a death toll of 285 and losses of more than $2 billion per year.

How do countries adapt to rising sea levels, severe heat waves, worsening droughts, extreme storms, and other cascading effects?

"We look forward to seeing how the good energy and intention translates into real adaptation finance for frontline communities dealing with worsening climate impacts". German Chancellor Merkel committed a total of 270 million euros extra budgetfor climate adaptation, in support of vulnerable communities.

But in the face of mounting climate risk, does this business-led innovation model create the "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented" changes the IPCC calls for?

In the coming years, the UNEP expects climate litigation to increase in national and global bodies, especially with respect to companies misreporting climate risks, governments failing to adapt to extreme weather events, and cases brought to enforce previous court decisions. The International Federation of the Red Cross predicts that in 2050, some 200 million people could need international humanitarian aid every year- a doubling compared to 2018, partly due to the climate emergency.

On Monday, the International Monetary Fund said it would begin integrating climate risks into its annual country economic assessments, focusing in particular on adaptation in highly vulnerable nations. "We need to move from adaptation to transformation", he said.

"We live in the same global village and the whole humanity have a shared future".

"Indeed, we can expect to reap the triple dividends of reducing emissions, spurring economic growth and delivering social and environmental benefits", Kenyatta said as he implored world leaders to rally behind efforts to upscale climate adaptation efforts. "I hope this summit will set the world on a path towards action to accelerate adaptation and resilience worldwide".

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