UN chief reiterates call for action on climate change

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Antarctica (2007) to see first-hand the effects of climate change on the melting glaciers. He visited the Collins Glacier and then the Sejong Research Centre. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called for urgent action to tackle global warming that is causing climate change.

The Secretary-General spoke at the start of the high-level segment of the climate change conference taking place in Warsaw, Poland.

He reminded participants that scientific data shows that human beings are responsible for climate change.

Secretary-General Ban said a couple of years ago there were sceptics who questioned the scientific findings about climate change before the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its report.

"Those sceptics spread all these rumours. Clearly it was quite troubling. With the release of the 5th IPCC Assessment Report, I think everybody now agrees, there is much more clarity, this is a scientific finding, just clearly tells us that it is us that it's the human species which really makes this climate change happen. Therefore, it is we who have to blame and we have to take action." (29")

Secretary-General Ban stressed that people cannot blame nature for climate change.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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