A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
South Africa has today tabled its climate action plan for Paris, committing to put a lid on rising emissions through to 2030. How low they are able to plateau will depend on international support meaning so climate finance will be key to unlock greater ambition, says Oxfam.
Negotiators avoided a show-down over crunch issues like finance and increasing near term emissions cuts, but they are only delaying the inevitable. A clearer mandate from Heads of State and ministers is needed to ignite the talks and ensure key questions are answered.
Oxfam is deeply disappointed by Japan’s lack of ambition. Setting a draft target of 26% emissions reduction below 2013 levels (18% below 1990 levels) by 2030 is woefully inadequate.
Farmers and families across the world are fighting back to adapt to the changing climate, to protect their crops and livestock.
Our work with small farmers in China to grow crops better adapted to the climate, combined with lobbying authorities to more actively involve villagers in decision making is yielding results.
Climate change is fast pushing communities, particularly the poorest and most marginalized, beyond their capacity to respond.
EU Environment Ministers met today to discuss Europe's plan of action on climate change. Oxfam is calling for a 40 percent cut in emissions by 2020.
Globally, 1.7 billion farmers are highly vulnerable to climate change impacts. The many who are already hungry are particularly vulnerable.