Green Drinks 2014 Year-end Event: What’s the latest with climate change, and how is it affecting you?

Green Drinks 2014 Year-end Event: What’s the latest with climate change, and how is it affecting you?

In this year-end wrap-up event, the Green Drinks crew is proud to present a double-up bill of climate know-how. With our global climate already in rapid flux, find out what these changes mean for you in Southeast Asia, what the climate negotiations are likely to bring, and what you should prepare for in the coming years. Special thanks to British Council for giving us space.

Date: 27 Nov 2014
Time: 7-10 p.m.
Location: British Council, 30 Napier Road (near Tanglin Mall, next to American Embassy)
RSVP: or email


F&B: After work bites available at the café in the lobby of British Council
Host and moderator: Chris Tobias

Talk 1: Human Dynamics of Climate Change

Climate change is already increasing the odds of extreme weather events across the world. Recent publications including the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) latest assessment reports have concluded that failure to reduce carbon emissions will lead to huge risks to human health, food security, economic development and international security.

This presentation will give an introduction to the Human Dynamics of Climate Change (HDCC) map, developed by the UK Met Office with funding from the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office. The map illustrates how climate change could affect the global economy as regions connected by trade are affected by changes in crop yield, droughts, flooding and high temperatures. The map gives a visual overview, based on the comprehensive research of the IPCC, of the complex interactions of climate change, water and food availability, population trends and trade patterns; and how these will change significantly by the end of the century if we fail to lower global emissions.  The context of the presentation will focus on the implications of the HDCC for Singapore and Southeast Asia.

About the speaker: Harriet Henniker-Major is the Climate Change & Energy Adviser for the British High Commission in Singapore (part of the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office) responsible for reporting on policy developments in climate change and energy in Singapore, and working with relevant stakeholders in Singapore to deliver the UK and EU’s international objectives for climate and energy.

Talk 2: Contributions, Commitments and Compliance: How will the Lima climate talks play out?

Countries party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be meeting once again in Lima, Peru this December to finalize elements of a draft negotiating text for adoption in Paris. There is a new mandate in force for countries to ‘develop a protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force under the Convention applicable to all Parties’, which is to be completed no later than 2015 in order for it to be adopted at the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) and for it to come into effect and be implemented from 2020.

The ongoing climate change negotiations now refer to Parties’ commitments in the 2015 agreement as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), and leaning towards inscription of INDCs into national schedules possibly including different timelines or activities to achieve commitments. The challenge will be to select an appropriate mix of approaches for promoting compliance for all Parties, taking into account the variety of type of INDCs submitted by the first quarter of 2015 by Parties ready to do so. This presentation will provide an overview of INDCs, briefly recap the Kyoto Protocol’s Compliance system and make a case for a new approach to compliance in response to the shift from a ‘top-down’ prescribed commitments setting to a ‘bottom-up’ approach.

About the speaker: Melissa Low is a Research Associate at the Energy Studies Institute at the National University of Singapore where her primary focus is on developments in climate change negotiations and the changing mitigation potential of countries in view of the future international legal regime on climate change. She has participated in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP) talks in both NGO and Party delegate capacity since December 2009. From 2014, Melissa serves as the Designated Contact Point for the National University of Singapore as it becomes a Research & Independent Non-Governmental Observer Organization with the UNFCCC.

Image source: Carbonbrief


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