Monday, December 14, 2009

Environmental and Political Changes in the Cryosphere

For the first time, leading international researchers have made an overview of snow and ice melting globally. The conclusions show that the snow-and ice-covered areas will disappear faster than previously thought. - This is frightening news. World leaders must now work out a solution that ensures dramatic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. It's not a lokal issue - its a global issue.

Today two alarming reports about climate change in the cryosphere has been presented at COP 15. Al Goore and Jonas Gahr Støre presented the report Melting snow and ice-A call for action (made in Tromsø) and Dorte Dahl Jensen presented the report The Greenland Ice Sheet in a Changing Climate.

At the pressconference with Denmarks’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Per Stig Møller and Greenland Premier Kuupik Kleist, Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre, and researcher Dorte Dahl Jensen , it came up a really interesting discussion about Greenlands special position, located by the melting ice in a historical moment where they need to build up their own economy in order to get political freedom.
Kuupic Kleist, speech.

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