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May 16, 2014

EU tackles climate change in Belize

Godwin Hulse

Representing the Government of Belize was Minister Godwin Hulse.  With responsibility for National Emergency Management, some eventualities the result of climate change, Hulse says the partnership between Belize and the EU is fruitful.


Godwin Hulse, NEMO Minister

“As you know, climate change is a significant issue for the whole world and let me turn the phrase around, the climate is changing.  We don’t want to capture it as climate change as though it is a package of something, climate is changing.  Look at today, for example, this is the middle of May, we should have very hot sunlight, it should be roasting.  We have a cold front, the rains began earlier this year.  And so, this partnership with the European Union, this project managed by UNDP and specifically the Global Climate Change Alliance is terribly important because it is helping us to develop the kind of resilience and to mitigate and to be prepared for the effects that this type of weather change would bring, increased flooding, droughts, etc…  As you have heard, the cattle farmers in the River Valley are benefiting, that is terribly important.  This year during the flood, NEMO had to assist farmers to move their cattle, paying tremendously to have them back and forth.  You all will recall the situation we had with Crooked Tree where we had to be ferrying people back and forth because of the tremendous rain.  For us at NEMO, the gift of both boats, and I’d like you to capture them, the boats are fantastic.  Again, it will help us in this very same effort and reduce our cost that we’ve been paying because also we need to move around and we need to move around swiftly and quickly.”


Europe Day also coincides with the start of operations of the Visa Information System in North and Central America, the Caribbean and Australasia.  VIS is a central database which supports the exchange of data on short-stay visas between Schengen States.

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2 Responses for “EU tackles climate change in Belize”

  1. Teddy Steinway says:

    Skeptical Scientists Debunk White House Global Warming Report
    11:42 AM 05/16/2014

    A group of 15 scientists and meteorologists have put forward a scathing rebuttal to the Obama administration’s recent climate report which said the U.S. is already being harmed by global warming.

    Scientists skeptical that mankind is causing the Earth’s climate to change say that such claims are based on false theories and flawed models. The White House report is a “masterpiece of marketing” that is trying to scare people into action, scientists said.

    “As independent scientists, we know that apparent evidence of ‘Climate Change,’ however scary, is not proof of anything,” wrote the 15 scientists and meteorologists,including Dr. Don Easterbrook of Western Washington University and Dr. George Wolff, who formerly chaired the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee.

    “Science derives its objectivity from robust logic and honest evidence repeatedly tested by all knowledgeable scientists, not just those paid to support the administration’s version of ‘Global Warming,’ ‘Climate Change,’ ‘Climate Disruption,’ or whatever their marketing specialists call it today,” they continued.

    The White House’s “National Climate Assessment” (NCA), released last week, claimed that the U.S. was already being affected by global warming though warmer temperatures and increasing extreme weather events.

    But the 15 skeptical scientists said the White House is trying to lay the blame for global warming at the feet of the fossil fuels industry when there is little evidence to back up that claim. The Earth’s climate is very cyclical and has gone through many changes in the past, the scientists said, without humans emitting carbon dioxide.

    “This NCA is so grossly flawed it should play no role in U.S. Energy Policy Analyses and CO2 regulatory processes,” the skeptics wrote. “As this rebuttal makes clear, the NCA provides no scientific basis whatsoever for regulating CO2 emissions.”

    “We are asked to believe that humans are drastically changing the earth’s climate by burning fossil fuels,” they added. “The problem with their theory is very simple: It is NOT true.”

    The NCA says the U.S. average temperature has risen between 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit to 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit since 1895, which is causing more extreme weather, like hurricanes and droughts, and harming fragile ecosystems around the country.

    The NCA also warns that the U.S. average temperature could rise 4 degrees Fahrenheit in the coming decades if nothing is done to limit carbon dioxide emissions. The report suggests a slew of regulatory solutions from cap-and-trade to green energy subsidies to mitigate global warming.

    “’Global Warming’ has not been global and has not set regional records where warming has occurred,” the skeptical scientists rebutted. “For example, over the last fifty years, while the Arctic has warmed, the tropical oceans had a flat trend and the Antarctic cooled slightly.”

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  2. Liberty and Freedom says:

    Climate Change aka Global Warming – two sides to the story. A small country like Belize generates a lot of Oxygen. The major source of pollution occurs during April/May when farmers burn fields.
    That is what the EU wants to stop. The Mayans have been burning the fields for well over 2000 – I personally do not think they will stop a good practice that kills insects and puts nutrients back in the soil.
    The only winners in Climate Change are people like Al Gore and George Soros who trade on the special stock exchange for carbon credits. Yet these hypocrites have their own jets and houses in excess of 20,000sf. So Belize sells some of their carbon credits because we do not pollute like China – do the common people get the money? No, it is another way for the EU to line the pockets of the GOB.

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