Pacific Oceans Commissioner issues stark warning to leaders in Paris

The Pacific Ocean commissioner says world leaders must limit warming to less than 1.5 degrees.

The commissioner, Dame Meg Taylor, who also heads the secretariat of the Pacific Islands Forum, says the world leaders meeting on climate change in Paris must set ambitious targets and limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees celsius.

She says the ocean, climate and weather are all linked with the impacts of climate change on the Pacific already being felt by many.

Dame Meg says sea level rise, storm surges, ocean acidification, coral bleaching and cyclones are increasing in intensity and frequency.

The commissioner, who is in Paris to attend the climate negotiations, says the people of the Pacific would continue to work together to protect the ocean, their lives and their livelihoods.


Radio New Zealand International