“Choices made now are critical for the future of our ocean and cryosphere”
The most recent Special Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), unveiled today at the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco in the presence of H.S.H the Sovereign Prince, as well as representatives of his government and foundation and numerous personalities, leaves no room for doubt, highlighting the urgency of prioritizing timely, ambitious and coordinated action to address unprecedented and enduring changes in the ocean and cryosphere.
It should be noted that it was at the initiative of the Sovereign Prince that his foundation and government lobbied the IPCC at its 41st session in February 2015 to produce a Special Report on the Ocean. For more than a year, the Prince Albert II Foundation and the Prince’s Government continued their efforts to convince others of the importance of publishing such a report and what was at stake.
Approved on 24 September by the 195 IPCC member governments, the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate provides new evidence for the benefits of limiting global warming to the lowest possible level – in line with the goal that governments set themselves in the 2015 Paris Agreement. Urgently reducing greenhouse gas emissions limits the scale of ocean and cryosphere changes. Ecosystems and the livelihoods that depend on them can be preserved.
“The open sea, the Arctic, the Antarctic and the high mountains may seem far away to many people,” said Hoesung Lee, Chair of the IPCC. “But we depend on them and are influenced by them directly and indirectly in many ways – for weather and climate, for food and water, for energy, trade, transport, recreation and tourism, for health and wellbeing, for culture and identity.”
More than 100 authors from 36 countries assessed the latest scientific literature related to the ocean and cryosphere in a changing climate for the report, referencing about 7,000 scientific publications.
The full IPCC press release is attached.
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