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UN climate expert: "We damage the only life-sustaining system we have"


Climate change in the Arctic is accelerating and is greater now than before. Ice melting in Greenland affects the entire planet as the sea level climbs faster and faster. This is one of the issues currently being discussed at the EU Climate Summit in Umeå.

A week ago, the UN Climate Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stated that the world's icy areas are disappearing more and more rapidly, which has major consequences.

Sea levels rise as glaciers and ice sheets melt. Combined with intense storms, it can lead to floods that force people now living near the coast to leave their homes, according to the report.

- We damage the only life-sustaining system we have, which is planet earth. And there is only one planet, says climatologist Hans-Otto Pörtner of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC.

The Arctic contains large natural resources that are becoming more and more accessible as the temperature increases. How we should take advantage of these without adversely affecting the climate is a highly interesting issue at the climate meeting in Umeå.

Hear Hans-Otto Pörtner about this in the clip.

Source: svt

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