Addressing the second India Pacific Island Cooperation in Jaipur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked for the support of 14 Pacific Islands’ nations in a bid to attain permanent membership to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Modi also sought assistance on climate treaty in Paris later this year.
Pointing towards the needs of a “changing world” in the global interest, Modi called for a reformation in the UNSC. He said that a member country from South Pacific region in the expanded UNSC could support the vision of Pacific Regionalism. He also expressed India’s dedication in helping small nations achieve sustainable development goals.
Elaborating the climate change issue, PM Modi spoke about the threat to existence for Pacific Islands and the number of Indians residing around the 7500 km long shoreline. The leaders from the 14 Pacific Islands too demanded India’s support at the 21st session of the Climate Change Conference for a justified agreement on the protection of island nations. They expressed their views about threats of global warming to the world and urged for suitable steps to ensure safety.
Winter looks wet and especially mild for much of the country, thanks to a weak El Nino brewing, U.S. meteorologists said.
The National Weather Service on Thursday predicted a warmer than normal winter for the northern and western three-quarters of the nation. The greatest chance for warmer than normal winter weather is in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, Montana, northern Wyoming and western North Dakota.
No place in the United States is expected to be colder than normal, said Mike Halpert, deputy director of the government’s Climate Prediction Center.
The Southeast, Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic can go any which way on temperature, Halpert said.
Overall the winter looks a lot like the last few, Halpert said.
“The country as a whole has been quite mild since 2014-2015,” Halpert said.
Winter weather expert Judah Cohen, of the private company Atmospheric and Environmental Research, uses different indicators to predict winter for the National Science Foundation. He also forecasted a warm winter, heavily based on weak snowfall in Siberia.
Halpert said the southern one-third of the United States and much of the East Coast could be hunkering down for a wetter than normal December through January. The chances are highest in southeastern Georgia and much of northern and central Florida.
Hawaii, Montana, Michigan, parts of Idaho, Wisconsin, northern Illinois, Indiana and Ohio are forecast to be drier than normal, with the biggest likelihood in Hawaii, Montana and Michigan.
The middle belt of the nation and some of the north from California to New York can go any which way on precipitation.
The weather service’s forecast doesn’t look at snow likelihood.
Halpert said the biggest factor in the forecast is a likely El Nino , the natural warming of parts of the central Pacific Ocean that influences weather worldwide.
The El Nino hasn’t quite formed yet, but it’s almost warm enough. Meteorologists predict there’s a 75 percent chance it’ll be around this winter. But it will be weak, not strong like the El Nino that helped lead to the record warm 2015-2016 winter, Halpert said.
While El Nino is the biggest factor in the forecast, long-term warming from human-caused climate change is a factor, too, Halpert said.
“All things being equal, the slight kick we get out of the climate signal does tilt things toward the warm side,” Halpert said.