US Pressure Blocks Declaration on Climate Change at Arctic Talks

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The Climate Change is one of the worst challenges confronted by the universe right now and the major global players always remain busy in highlighting its disastrous aspects but they don’t seem inclined to take any measures which may hurt their economic prospects. This is why, the Arctic Council failed to release a joint declaration following objections from US representatives, who had issues with the mention of climate change science and the Paris Agreement.

The 11th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting concluded in Rovaniemi northern Finland which failed to formulate a customary joint declaration due to disparities. It was the first time the meeting has not issued a declaration which would also act as a guideline for the next chairing country.
As the meeting convened, the presiding Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini entered a change in the agenda and deleted the item about a would-be joint declaration. Instead of a joint declaration, the ministers signed on a joint statement, which reaffirmed the commitment to maintaining peace, stability and constructive cooperation in the Arctic, but did not mention the climate change issue.

Over the summit, Pompeo also defended President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the Paris climate accord in 2017, a day after a UN biodiversity report warned that extinction loomed for over 1 million species of plants and animals. Pompeo did acknowledge environmental concerns and told the meeting that the Trump Administration shares your deep commitment to environmental stewardship.

The Arctic has always been a fragile ecosystem, and protecting it is indeed our shared responsibility, Pompeo said. Collective goals, even when well-intentioned, are not always the answer, Pompeo said. They are rendered meaningless, even counterproductive, as soon as one nation fails to comply.

 

On the other hand, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said his country is open to the widest kind of co-operation in the Arctic and that there are no reasons for conflicts and for getting military methods involved in solving any issues arising here.

This kind of seriousness of the US is towards the global issue despite the fact that the United Nations in a recent report has warned that one million plant and animal species are on the verge of extinction and facing an unparalleled rate of decline, driven in parts by global warming, according to a landmark United Nations report.
The 1,500 page report, compiled by 150 authors from 50 nations, showed that losses in biodiversity around the world caused by human activity (farming, poaching, fishing, mining, logging, and other unsustainable practices for a population of 7 billion people) has been exacerbated by the effects of human-caused climate change, painting a devastating picture of the Earth’s ecosystem if countries do not dramatically increase conservation efforts.

Unless nations step up their efforts to protect what natural habitats are left, they could witness the disappearance of 40 percent of amphibian species, one-third of marine mammals and one-third of reef-forming corals. More than 500,000 land species, the report said, do not have enough natural habitats left to ensure their long-term survival. The loss of species means grave impacts on people around the world are now likely.

It is a sorry state of affairs is despite the fact that the effects of global warming in the Arctic, or climate change in the Arctic include rising air and water temperatures, loss of sea ice, and melting of the Greenland ice sheet with a related cold temperature anomaly, observed since the 1970s.

Factually, the Arctic is warming at a rate of almost twice the global average. Without urgent action to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the world will continue to feel the effects of a warming Arctic, rising sea levels, changes in climate and precipitation patterns, increasing severe weather events, and loss of fish stocks, birds and marine mammals.
As climate change reduces the size and duration of summer Arctic sea ice, scientific projections show it will last the longest above Canada and Greenland. This is the Last Ice Area. The latest scientific projections agree that summer sea ice in the Arctic Ocean will be largely gone within a generation. This will undercut a whole ecosystem.

A majority of us regarded climate change as a fundamental challenge facing the Arctic and acknowledged the urgent need to take mitigation and adaptation actions and to strengthen resilience, Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini, who chaired the talks, explained, world newswire reported. I don’t want to name and blame anyone. and for getting military methods involved in solving any issues arising here.

This kind of seriousness of the US is towards the global issue despite the fact that the United Nations in a recent report has warned that one million plant and animal species are on the verge of extinction and facing an unparalleled rate of decline, driven in parts by global warming, according to a landmark United Nations report.

The 1,500 page report, compiled by 150 authors from 50 nations, showed that losses in biodiversity around the world caused by human activity (farming, poaching, fishing, mining, logging, and other unsustainable practices for a population of 7 billion people) has been exacerbated by the effects of human-caused climate change, painting a devastating picture of the Earth’s ecosystem if countries do not dramatically increase conservation efforts.

Unless nations step up their efforts to protect what natural habitats are left, they could witness the disappearance of 40 percent of amphibian species, one-third of marine mammals and one-third of reef-forming corals. More than 500,000 land species, the report said, do not have enough natural habitats left to ensure their long-term survival. The loss of species means grave impacts on people around the world are now likely.

It is a sorry state of affairs is despite the fact that the effects of global warming in the Arctic, or climate change in the Arctic include rising air and water temperatures, loss of sea ice, and melting of the Greenland ice sheet with a related cold temperature anomaly, observed since the 1970s.

Factually, the Arctic is warming at a rate of almost twice the global average. Without urgent action to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the world will continue to feel the effects of a warming Arctic, rising sea levels, changes in climate and precipitation patterns, increasing severe weather events, and loss of fish stocks, birds and marine mammals.

As climate change reduces the size and duration of summer Arctic sea ice, scientific projections show it will last the longest above Canada and Greenland. This is the Last Ice Area. The latest scientific projections agree that summer sea ice in the Arctic Ocean will be largely gone within a generation.

 

This will undercut a whole ecosystem dependent on sea ice. The exception is a region in the high Arctic of Canada and Greenland projected to be the last stronghold of summer sea ice as the Earth continues to warm due to climate change. In the coming years, it will be essential as an enduring home for ice-dependent life. Millenia of evolution have prepared Arctic species like the polar bear, walrus and

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The writer is Head of International Affairs Desk at Mélange Int’l Magazine & Center of Pakistan and International Relations (COPAIR).

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