Yesterday United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need for the international community to act immediately to fight climate change. He was at the site of a shrinking Blomstrandbreen glacier in the Norwegian Arctic.
“I am just close to 250 metres to the glacier. It looks magnificent. But at the same time, I am alarmed that there are so many cracks that will soon break. They are melting very rapidly, and I fully agree with what scientists have been projecting. Unless we take action now, we will have to regret. We have to keep global temperature rise below two degrees as soon as possible.” (un.org)
Preparing for the upcoming UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that will take place in Paris in 2015, Ban Ki-moon was in Norway attend a number of high-level events. He was on board the research vessel RV Lance looking at the changes in the Blomstrandbreen glacier that have taken place since he last saw it in 2009.
According to extremeicesurvey.org, polar ice caps are the planet’s air conditioner and impact weather and climate dynamics. Melting glaciers are early indicators of climate change, which will have a more delayed impact on other parts of the Earth system. Glaciers are the most visible evidence of global warming, which raise sea water levels and will likely alter climate patterns in other more complex ways.
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