The New and Old in Climate Change

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Students from secondary schools islandwide participating in the second annual Jamaica Rural Economy and Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change (Ja REEACH) Youth Climate Change Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, on Friday. Students from secondary schools islandwide participating in the second annual Jamaica Rural Economy and Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change (Ja REEACH) Youth Climate Change Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, on Friday.

Climate change has been going on from the birth of planet Earth. In recent times the pace of climate change has accelerated, with the most deleterious manifestations taking the form of global warming and the concomitant damage of sea level rise.

Small island developing states (SIDS) and low-lying areas of all countries are at risk. The SIDS of the Caribbean are vulnerable to this real existential threat. Their perilous situation is increasingly being acknowledged by the international community as the dangers of climate change have become more widely understood across the world.

Carbon dioxide (CO2), a by-product of fossil-fuel combustion, is a greenhouse gas which traps solar radiation in the atmosphere. Increased human fossil-fuel consumption over…

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