Researchers and scientists helped make the case that climate change is a clear and present danger: Ban

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Denver.

The reason climate change has risen on the global agenda is because the facts don't lie, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in remarks Friday at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Denver.

The Secretary-General said "our world is warming, and our greenhouse gas emissions are a significant cause".

And he explained "We know this thanks– scientists and researchers studying the data and refusing to be swayed by politics, sceptics and interest groups.

Secretary-General Ban told the scientists and researchers that the reports they produce – and in particular the contribution they have made to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – have helped make the case that climate change is a clear and present danger.

He warned that no country, no community is immune, noting that increasingly severe and unpredictable weather events tell the story in the most graphic way.

That is why he said, we need people like the researchers and scientists, and institutions like the National Centre for Atmospheric Research to analyze the trends, sort the data and produce useful information for forming policy.

The Secretary-General said he would count on their continued contribution to the scientific foundation for decision making.

He said over the next two years, he will engage leaders at the highest level and harness the full strength of the UN system to catalyze ambitious action to reduce emissions and strengthen climate resilience.

Secretary-General Ban stressed that We risk crossing dangerous thresholds.

And he concluded that to successfully reduce the risks posed by climate change, we will need the full engagement of everyone – including the scientists and meteorologists who have their fingers on the pulse of our planet.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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