Two Degrees of Pain

COP26 refers to the 26th annual Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The main objectives of COP26 were to secure global commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, with efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The conference focused on various issues, including adaptation to climate change, finance for climate action, carbon markets, and the role of different sectors in achieving climate targets.

Floods in east Timor

According to the UN, current pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions will lead to global heating of 2.5C. This level would condemn the world to catastrophic climate breakdown.

The UN calculated that the plans submitted by governments would lead to a temperature rise of between 2.1C and 2.9C, with the best estimate of about 2.5C.

Climate-related hazards in East Timor-the land which features in “A Flyblown Solution”, include floods, drought, cyclones, and earthquakes. Although these hazards are of natural occurrence, they are likely to increase in frequency and magnitude in a changing climate and cause severe challenges to the economic development of Timor-Leste.

Rising sea levels also threaten coastal areas, including the capital, Dili, which is only several meters above sea level. Consequently, extreme weather events associated with climate change pose a significant challenge to the livelihoods of those residing in Timor-Leste.