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COP 23 INTERNATIONAL CRYOSPHERE CLIMATE INITIATIVE INTERVIEW

The Cryosphere is a term for the regions of our globe which are covered in ice and snow – either seasonally or year-round. Climate change is happening in the Cryosphere faster and more dramatically than anywhere else on earth.

The ICCI believe that much can be accomplished if many partners work together, and ICCI worries less about credit than accomplishing needed solutions at all levels. ICCI therefore strives to work innovatively, yet without fanfare and in a sustained manner, to create new partnerships and approaches together with governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector – yet always with the clock ticking for the cryosphere’s survival. 

Climate change is happening faster and in a dramatically more visible way in the Earth’s Cryosphere. Global changes in climate are exaggerated in the Cryosphere. The Cryosphere is on a near-term timeline – we, quite simply, need to act fast to address the changes to our Cryosphere. The cryosphere is different, requiring different yet complementary climate solutions to those of the globe as a whole. ICCI seeks to find new and integrated solutions for these challenges. 

In this video we hear about agricultural burning and its dominance in Eastern Europe but mainly I non EU countries. We have visual aids to see the real difference in air pollution on a given day in Svalbard. There is a visual difference that you can see in the air quality and this is something brought about by agricultural burning.

Agricultural burning may be the single largest and most cost efficient mitigation for SLCP’s in the Cryosphere. There are also brilliant alternatives to burning that are crop dependent but better and more climates smart.

Lets hope that the issue is brought to light and the world realises how different the climate is for the Cryosphere nations and their unique climate requirements.

Links: http://iccinet.org/

Alex Mitchison

 

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