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Professor Søren Rysgaard explains about climate change to US Secretary of State, John Kerry, Greenlandic Prime Minister, Kim Kielsen, Greenlandic Minister for Foreign Affairs, Vittus Qujaukitsoq, and Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kristian Jensen, in Ilulissat 17 June. Photo: KNR

Professor Søren Rysgaard guides US Secretary of State, John Kerry, to witness Climate Change in Greenland

Climate Change and the Paris climate accord

June 28, 2016 — 

The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the global average. US Secretary of the State, John Kerry, got sobering evidence on his newly visit to Greenland.

Along with politicians, Professor Søren Rysgaard, University of Manitoba, Aarhus University, and Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, was guiding Kerry in Ilulissat icefjord.

“John Kerry is one of the most influential persons in the world. I’m very pleased that he actually takes climate change seriously, and brings the message back home”, says Søren Rysgaard, who has an enormous insight in climate changes in the Artic having been in the lead within Arctic research for the past 20 years.

USA are together with China the top carbon dioxide (CO2) emitter in the World followed by the European Union, India, the Russian Federation, Japan, and Canada.

And Kerry was truly impressed by the gigantic icebergs broken off from the glacier: “One of the greatest challenges of our times, besides the fight against extremism, is to deal with the enormous battle of climate change. And this visit has been a significant eye-opener for me,” says Kerry to Reuters http://www.reuters.com/article/us-environment-climate-kerry-idUSKCN0Z40JG .

The Ilulissat visit astonished John Kerry: “This is a gigantic transformation taking place. You can see it with the naked eye,” he said.

One of the aims of Kerry’s first visit to Greenland was to press the need to implement the Paris climate accord from last December. To be able to handle the challenge posed by climate change, it is necessary that USA reduce CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion.

Warming climate and reducing Arctic sea ice will open new sea routes in the Arctic. However, the opening of the Northern Sea route has both environmental and security implications, and peaceful development in the Arctic takes an effort. The Arctic countries and USA play an important role in this issue.

John Kerry discussed shared challenges in the Arctic with Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kristian Jensen, Greenlandic Prime Minister Kim Kielsen and Greenlandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Vittus Qujaukitsoq in Ilulissat on June 17.

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