Climate negotiator warns world ‘out of time’ to save islands

8 September, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Climate negotiator warns world ‘out of time’ to save islands

Bangkok: Island nations like Fiji and the Maldives are almost at the “point of no return” because of rising sea levels, a leading climate negotiator warned Friday, reports AFP.  

As well as losing land and infrastructure to encroaching oceans as the planet heats up, many islands are also facing extreme flooding and damage from tropical storms, warned Amjad Abdulla, head negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS).

With experts from across the planet locked in key talks in Bangkok aimed at breathing life into the Paris Agreement on climate change, Abdulla said time had “already run out” for some countries. “Our islands are at risk. We are doing more than our fair share with our limited resources,” he told AFP on the sidelines of the six-day conference.

“What we are saying to the international community is that we do not have adequate financial, technological or human capacity in terms of alleviating the issue of climate change—we need international cooperation so we can all survive on our islands.”