Biopolicy – Leading the Race against Climate Change
Prof. Agni Vlavianos Arvanitis
President and Founder, Biopolitics International Organisation
and Hellenic Chapter of the Club of Rome
At the COP21 meeting in Paris, in December 2015, global leaders are expected to conclude negotiations for a new agreement to tackle climate change and address its impacts. To ensure political leaders know there is strong public support for binding commitments to help countries achieve climate smart development, we must generate the necessary momentum to guarantee that what is agreed upon is actually implemented.
The figures are striking. As observed by NASA satellites and last measured in August 2015, sea level has been rising at 3.24 mm per year since 1993. Glaciers and ice sheets are shrinking almost everywhere around the world. Antarctica has been losing approximately 134 billion metric tons of ice per year, while the Greenland ice sheet is retreating by an estimated 287 billion metric tons per year. The amount of carbon dioxide absorbed by the upper layer of the oceans is increasing by about 2 billion tons per year leading to alarming levels of ocean acidification.
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