Southern Asia and Africa need higher investments to address climate change: Dr Jim Skea

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New Delhi: Dr Jim Skea, Professor the Co-chair of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has said Investment flow in Southern Asia and Africa are much lower than needed for the climate mitigation efforts.

Delivering a lecture at Indira Pariyavaran Bhawan, New Delhi, Skea said, “There are increasing gaps between adaptation actions and what is needed, but there are options we can take to reduce the risks to people and nature”

The lecture was also focused on the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) with a special emphasis on lifestyle issues. 

He said that Lifestyle has been a neglected part of the climate discourse and its significant potential has now been identified in the WG III report.

The recent concluded COP27 at Egypt, the Sharm El-Sheikh noted the importance of transition to sustainable lifestyles and sustainable patterns of consumption and production to address climate change.

It also notes the importance of pursuing an approach to education that promotes a shift in lifestyles while fostering patterns of development and sustainability based on care, community and cooperation. 

This is in line with objectives of Mission LiFE launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the presence of UN Secretary General on 20th October, 2022 in Gujarat

During the lecture. Dr. Jim Skea also spoke about the structure of IPCC and described how IPCC has produced three special reports and three Working Group reports during the sixth assessment cycle.

He emphasized that Global emissions could be reduced by 40% to 70% by 2050, while satisfying people’s basic needs for nutrition, mobility and shelter while maintaining wellbeing.

“This could be achieved by demand-side management and lifestyles supported by infrastructure and technology.” he added.

Talking about the carbon emission he said that CO2 emissions account for about 75 per cent of global GHG emissions making it the principal GHG to be tackled by climate change actions.

A short film on sustainable lifestyles was screened by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

During the event the discussion on historical cumulative emissions, the role of methane, financial mechanisms, sequestration potential of forests, data quality and needs, adaptation, and the role of atmospheric observations were taking place.

In the above backdrop, it emerged that IPCC AR6 Synthesis Report, which is on anvil, should incorporate findings from three Working Group Reports in a balanced manner reflecting developing country concerns including historical cumulative emissions, declining carbon budget, adequacy of means of implementation and minimizing the adaptation gap.

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