Zambia calls for int'l support to report on climate change

Source: Xinhua| 2018-12-14 18:55:04|Editor: mym
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LUSAKA, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Zambian government on Thursday called on the international community to endorse the view of scientists that unless governments act quickly, all life forms on earth face the real risk of being endangered by 2030.

The Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a grouping of scientists, presented a report at the ongoing 24th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 24), warning that human activities were contributing significantly to natural disasters and unpredictable weather patterns.

The experts called on countries to adopt renewable energy and ensure a significant reduction in the consumption of fossil fuels. They also suggested capping the rise in global temperature at 1.5 degrees by 2030.

Anthony Mukwita, Zambian Ambassador to Germany and Poland, said there is sufficient evidence to confirm the rapid deterioration and disintegration of life support systems, hence the need for governments to act.

The ambassador cited Zambia's experience in 2015 and 2016 when dry weather caused by El Nino resulted in an electricity shortage.

"It is my country's firm belief that the Paris Agreement work program will ... contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the Convention by strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change," he said in a release.

Zambia is deeply concerned that climate change is posing a serious threat to the country's socio-economic developmental gains and has adopted a National Policy on Climate Change that provides a framework for a coordinated response to the climate challenge, he said.