Secretary-General repeats call for urgent action on climate change

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At Norway’s high Arctic region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) visits Blomstrandbreen glacier to be briefed by scientists and observe first-hand the advances of climate change since visiting in 2009. Seated to his right is Foreign Minister, Børge Brende of Norway. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The international community has been warned by the UN Secretary-General that it has to take action now against climate change.

Ban Ki-moon is in Norway where he was reminded of the impact of global warming during a visit to a glacier.

World leaders are expected to adopt a climate change treaty when they meet in France this December.

Dianne Penn reports.

Ban Ki-moon was speaking from the Arctic Circle where he visited a shrinking glacier on Wednesday.

The Secretary-General had last travelled to the region six years ago and was alarmed by what he saw.

“I am just close to 250 meters 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, I fully agree with what scientists have been projecting. Unless we take action now we will have to regret. “

Mr Ban was accompanied by the head of the Norwegian Polar Institute who explained that glaciers are a very visible example of climate change.

The international community will meet in Paris, France, in December in an attempt to agree on a binding climate deal which will keep the rise in global temperature below two degrees.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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