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Ja under threat of global warming - Pickersgill

Published:Tuesday | September 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Fern White-Hilsenrath, Gleaner Writer

NEW YORK: MINISTER WITH responsibility for land, water and climate change, Robert Pickersgill, has told world leaders that Jamaica is under threat from the effects of global warming.

The minister was speaking at the climate summit at the United Nations (UN).

"Jamaica recognises the existential threat that climate change poses. Jamaica's beaches, hotels, fisheries, two international airports and power generation systems are under threat of destruction from the effects of rising sea levels. One of our cays has already been submerged due to sea level rise," he told the gathering of world leaders.

Pickersgill used his time in the spotlight to plead with the world leaders to negotiate a new treaty that is fair and equitable at the next UN climate change conference scheduled for December 2015. "The deliberations must consider the consequences of continuing on the same emissions trajectory, and a new treaty should obligate each country to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions according to the principles for common but differentiated responsibilities."

"The losses that we have already experienced and will continue to experience if climate change is not mitigated are invaluable and, in many instances, irreversible. People should be given the chance to live, grow and develop in an environmentally sustainable manner," Pickersgill said.

The minister told the gathering that Jamaica was doing what it could to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including doubling the country's renewable electricity capacity by 2016 and are on track to have 20 per cent of the country's entire energy supply coming from renewable sources by 2030.