COP 23 early thoughts.

On the Marrakech initiatives.

The initiatives are being implemented in nearly all countries of the world indicating that climate action is fast becoming global affair. Initiatives that responded to the survey also indicate that Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean are the regions where most implementation activities are being carried out.

More implementation is currently taking place in high-income countries than in low-income countries. However, this situation is changing. In 2015 a sample of initiatives launched in 2014 and included in the Lima-Paris Action Agenda were mainly being implemented in high- and middle-income countries.

By 2017, there had been a rapid increase in the number of developing countries (low- and lower- middle income countries) where these initiatives are being implemented.

The scaling of implementation in low-income countries is especially high – between 2015 and 2017, the number grew by 56 per cent. This trend of broader geographical implementation needs to continue, especially among countries that are hardest hit by, and most vulnerable to, already occurring impacts of climate change and disasters.

Also here a more hopeful interview with Dr James Hansen, the former director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and now an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. A reminder that Trump is not the only game in town.

The graph that follows is from the COP 23 report and would suggest that the USA could do better in implementation. However for balance there is here another more hopeful article from the Washington Post.

Climate action

My work background is in operational meteorology and in my career I have been involved in forecasting for everything from bananas to jumbo jets.I joined the Met Office 1974 as an observer at Glasgow Airport. After training as a forecaster, I worked as an Operational aviation forecaster at various defence sites and airports. In 1982, I moved to Glasgow Weather Centre as a forecaster and STV broadcaster till 1988. He then took up a post as Senior Forecaster London Weather Centre, then Senior Forecaster ITV where I qualified as a trainer in presentation techniques for the ITV Association. After being diagnosed with MS, he moved into management and became Head of London Weather Centre in 1997 followed by a period of front-line management for Southern England and Europe covering London and Cardiff Weather Centres and the Met Offices on defence stations from Akrotiri in Cyprus to St Mawgan in Cornwall. He took up the post of Met Office Chief Advisor for Scotland & Northern Ireland in March 2008 and moved to Edinburgh. I retired in September 2014. My one claim to fame is once performed a comedy sketch on TV with Manuel (Andrew Sachs) from Fawlty Towers in support of Comic Relief.

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