The melting of polar ice due to global climate change poses a direct threat to the more than 1 billion people who live in low-lying coastal regions around the globe. As the melting quickens, can humanity respond in time?
Sea-level rise caused by melting polar ice poses a clear and imminent danger to the Pacific islands. Rising seas have already disrupted life here: In some areas, severe coastal erosion and flooding have forced the relocation of entire villages.
In the face of this looming threat, an extraordinary meeting took place to discuss how these islands can cope. Can they adapt before it is too late?
Conservation International believes that nature is our best defense against climate change. From protecting the forests that store carbon to restoring mangroves that shelter coastal communities against more intense storms, nature provides immediate and effective ways to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
At negotiations for a global climate treaty in Paris in December 2015, CI worked to ensure formal recognition for the vital role that nature plays in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, sequestering carbon and enhancing resilience to the impacts of climate change.
Negotiators agreed, particularly noting the role of tropical forests in curbing emissions — forests were referenced 11 times in the final draft.
Find out more about CI’s role at the 2015 UNFCCC Conference of Parties.