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Ban Ki-moon (UN Secretary-General) in Svalbard, Norway on climate change (8 July 2015)
8 Jul 2015 -  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited on 8 July 2015 a shrinking glacier in the Arctic to highlight the need to "take action now."
Preparing for the upcoming Paris Conference on climate, Ban went to the Blomstrandbreen glacier in the Arctic to see first-hand the changes since he last visited in 2009.
Ban said "I am alarmed that there are so many cracks that will soon break. They are melting very rapidly."
He said, I'm told by the scientists here, who have been researching for many, many decades, that global warming is happening much faster, and glaciers are getting thinner and thinner."
After viewing the glacier, Ban said, ". It looks magnificent. But at the same time I am alarmed that there are so many cracks that will soon break. They are melting very rapidly, I fully agree with what scientists have been projecting. Unless we take action now we will have to regret. We have to keep global temperature rise below two degrees as soon as possible."
Jan-Gunnar Winther, Director of Norwegian Polar Institute, said, "Glaciers on land are also a very visible example of the change in climate. Every year they are retreating and here in this area we have a lowering of the surface of approximately one meter per year, due to melting."
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