NASA map of ocean warming.
(IPCC-27) Government officials and scientists of the UNEP Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are meeting in Valencia, Spain, to combine their earlier reports of this year into an action plan on climate change. The Fourth Assessment Report will be released on Saturday (November 17) in time for the December 2007 summit in Bali, Indonesia, where our political leaders will be fighting over a successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol (due to expire in 2012). The 4th report will be the "final" word on "climate change and its likely impacts – many of which will happen in the time-frame of people alive today, not in some far distant future,” said Achim Steiner, head of UNEP, at Valencia. Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary-General, said after his official visit to Antarctica last weekend, "I come to you humbled after seeing some of the most precious treasures of our planet threatened by humanity's own hand."
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