Sunday, November 18, 2007

Ban on climate calamity

Ban Ki-moon flew to Antarctica Friday (9 Nov 2007) on a climate change fact-finding mission, becoming the first UN leader to make an official visit to the frozen continent.

Some of the statements worth reflecting on:

"The Antarctica is 20 percent of the total surface of the world, but a small change here amplifies many times in the rest of the planet," Kevin Kihm Kim, head of the Sejong Research Centre, told AFP.

"You have seen the melting of glaciers," he continued. "The glaciers of King George Island have shrunken by 10 percent recently. If the international community does something now we will be able to prevent a further progress of the global warming."

“We all agree, Climate change is real, and we humans are its chief cause. Yet even now, few people fully understand the gravity of the threat, or its immediacy,” the UN chief wrote in a commentary in the International Herald Tribune.

“I am not scare-mongering. But I believe we are nearing a tipping point,” he wrote.

“I have always considered global warming to be a matter of utmost urgency. Now I believe we are on the verge of a catastrophe if we do not act.”

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