UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has urged countries to work together to prevent climate change. He said the issue was intrinsically linked to problems such as water scarcity, energy shortages, global health issues and that “connecting the dots” could help banish them.
After a tour of the southern hemisphere the UN boss challenged climate change skeptics: “The facts are clear: global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise; millions of people are suffering today from climate impacts; climate change is very real. For those still in doubt, I invite them to take a trip to Kiribati. Look into the eyes of the young boy who told me, “I am afraid to sleep at night” because of the rising water.”
Despite issuing a need for urgency, he praised the efforts of the EU and China for initiating change through accepting the future benefits of moving to green technologies: “The European Union has committed to cut emissions by at least 20per cent of 1990 levels by 2020, regardless of what actions other countries take. The European Union’s commitment has not wavered, even in the face of tough economic times.”
Mr. Ban visited the low-lying island nation of Kiribati where he witnessed the impact of rising sea levels.
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