​Paying for our climate

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By Akinyemi Makanjuola

Climate change may allude to an adjustment in normal climate conditions, or in the time variety of climate around longer-term normal conditions (i.e., increasingly or less extraordinary climate occasions). Environmental Climate change is caused by elements, for example, biotic procedures, varieties in sun powered radiation got by Earth, plate tectonics, and volcanic eruption. Certain human activities (pollution, over exploitation, deforestation, desertification, e.t.c) have been distinguished as essential drivers of the continuous change, often referred to as global warming.

Global climate is an associated framework whose effects are felt all over the place. Among the most vital environmental change impacts are: Rising Sea level, Meting of ice, Torrential downpours and more powerful storms like Hurricanes and typhoons, Heat waves and droughts, Changing ecosystems, Reduced food security, Pests and Disease, etc.

Exertion are being made to moderate and breaking point the greatness of the impacts, this for the most part includes decreases in human (anthropogenic) discharges of greenhouse gasses (GHGs), expanding the limit of carbon sinks, e.g., through afforestation and reforestation. Mitigation policies can substantially lessen the dangers related with human-initiated global warming.

A standout amongst other approach to radically decrease an unnatural weather change is to make countries producing over the protected level to pay for their carbon foot print and the harm they’ve done. 

Now the question is who should pay the costs of climate disasters? 

In 2015, the Paris Agreement marked a defining moment in the fight against climate change. World pioneers from over the globe joined without precedent for history to legally ratify action against pollution through the United Nations Framework Convention. It was composed not to spook the world’s greatest polluters far from the table and to open an exchange between countries on a universal issue. What’s more, while it was scrutinized for being excessively remiss, it was a stage towards a bound together front against climate change. 

The need for climate finance

Climate finance refers to the funding of activities and projects which aim to achieve progress towards climate objectives. These objectives may focus on:

  • Mitigation: to restrain or lessen discharges of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to the environment keeping in mind the end goal to decrease the dangers and risks of Climate change; or potentially.
  • Adaptation: to help communities, social orders and economies adjust/adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change.

Climate finance has been perceived as critical to accomplishing noteworthy advance towards climate objectives as this frequently requires extensive scale infrastructure and the engagement of large portions of populations, both of which can require high levels of investment.

This funds can originate from an extensive variety of both private and open sources and can stream locally or universally. Developed countries have made concrete agreements to provide financial resources to assist developing countries in meeting climate objectives, recognizing both that some countries have contributed to the causes of climate change more than others and that countries have different capacities to financially contribute towards climate objectives.

Between 2015-2030, the world will require about $90 trillion in new infrastructure, the vast majority of it in developing and middle-income countries. Settling on the correct decisions for framework that is climate resilient and secures low carbon improvement is basic and critical. Activity now will evade gigantic costs later. For example, the amount of solar power added worldwide soared by 50 percent in 2016, with 76 gigawatts of new sun powered PV capacity, contrasted with 50GW introduced the prior year. 

Carbon evaluating is one of the most grounded arrangement levers accessible to move financing streams. It secures the environment, raises income, and drives investments to clean technologies and innovations. Nations and states are seeing the advantages of carbon evaluating. For instance, Sweden has had a carbon impose (Tax) set up since 1991; amid that time, its Gross domestic product has grown 60 percent and CO2 outflows have fallen 25 percent. Likewise In 2016, governments over the world generated $26 billion in incomes from carbon charges, an expansion by 60 percent throughout the year prior to (2015). 

Flows of climate finance from developed to developing countries, North-South flows, accounted for approximately 10 per cent of total global flows or $31 billion. The larger part of these flows are open and are part between multilateral advancement banks (MDBs, for example, the World Bank, bilateral (country-to-country) finance institutions, international climate funds and direct support from governments to projects. 

Committed climate funds typically allocate funding to projects through a transparent and competitive process open to organizations from a wide range of nations. Beneficiary nations submit project proposals to the fund which demonstrate how the project contributes to achieving the fund’s strategic objectives. The fund then reviews each proposal and those that score the most noteworthy in a given funding round are affirmed for financing. The level of funding provided by climate funds is expected to grow significantly over time. 

As the High Level Commission on Carbon Prices recently concluded, a “well-designed carbon price is an indispensable part of a strategy for efficiently reducing greenhouse gas emissions, while also fostering growth”. A strong and predictable carbon-price trajectory provides a powerful signal to firms and individuals that the future is low carbon; and further, it can induce the changes needed in production, consumption, and global investment patterns.

When the world united around the historic Paris climate agreement, in 2015, the message was clear: It’s unfair to pass the burden of climate change to future generations.

Through collaboration with countries, states, cities, businesses, and civil society, we will not let up the fight against climate change, or our steadfast commitment to the Paris agreement. It’s not only the right thing to do for our children, it’s a huge economic opportunity in the clean growth century.

Akinyemi Makanjuola.
Environmental Biologist and Public Health Scientist.

M-Tech FUTA.

(Buchner et al., 2014)
http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/climatefinance

 http://climatechange.gov.ng/climate-finance/

http://blogs.worldbank.org/climatechange/reaffirming-our-commitment-carbon-pricing-and-climate-action


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    • Yes you are right Mr Omowaye, so its high time we ADVOCATE for our dear Environment. Together we can stage and start a change in Nigeria.

    • Thanks and good that you grasp the message we are sending across. you can also be part of the movement standing against climate change Vis-a-vis Global warming.

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