Malaysian Children fishing
These Malaysian children are likely to become environmental refuges by the time they are adults concludes the IPCC's 4th Assessment on global warming. What the report doesn't include is the as-yet-unknown impact of melting polar glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica. Photo courtesy of UNEP.


UN Environment Programme Executive Director Achim Steiner sees historical significance of IPCC 4th Assessment

By EV World

Climate scientists typically couch their reports and studies with carefully phrased language to maintain the veneer of scientific objectivity.  This is clearly reflected in the statements of the panelists who appeared at the Paris press conference announcing the release of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change's Fourth Assessment.  Press questions asking the scientists 'how they felt' and what they would recommend, were quickly deflected. 

Not so UN Environment Programme Executive Director Achim Steiner.  In a moving epilogue, he said that he believed history would show that on this date, the world stopped arguing about the weather and began discussing how it can work in unison to begin to addressing the problems of global warming, which will impact different parts of the world differently.  In some places like Southeast Asia, rising sea levels will create millions of environmental refuges like the Malaysian children above.

We at EV World were so impressed with his brief remarks that we decided to make them available to all our readers and listeners. Use either of the two MP3 players above or download the 1 MB, 4-minute file to your computer hard drive. We also encourage you to listen to the complete press conference, as well as to read the 4th Assessment Summary, available in PDF format.

EVWORLD Future In Motion Podcast

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Published: 02-Feb-2007


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