UN scientists declared Friday specific reasons why governments need to pay attention to global warming, if they didn’t realize it already.
Next month, world leaders will make a new global warming treaty to replace the Kyoto protocol, which expires in 2012. As of now, the United States and China have no part in the Kyoto protocol, yet are the two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases in the world. The UN is encouraging both countries to take charge with these new findings, says UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
“I come to you humbled after seeing some of the most precious treasures of our planet — treasures that are being threatened by humanity’s own hand. These scenes are as frightening as a science fiction movie, but they are even more terrifying, because they are real.”
Let’s hope that by the time the new treaty is formed the U.S. will have an administration that believes in taking environmental action, not avoiding the issues.