Massive surge in disappearance of Arctic sea ice sparks global warning

I’m quoted in the article Massive surge in disappearance of Arctic sea ice sparks global warning, by Michael McCarthy and David Usborne, published in The Independent on 15th September 2006.

The article reflects on the recent studies observing the accelerated retreat of perennial ice in the Arctic. These findings alarm scientists and environmentalists as it adds to the growing feeling that climate change is happening at a rate which exceeds previous predictions and models.

“These are the latest in a long series of recent studies, all telling us that climate change is faster and nastier than we thought,” said Tom Burke, a former government green adviser and now a visiting professor at Imperial College London. “An abyss is opening up between the speed at which the climate is changing and the speed at which governments are responding.

“We must stop thinking that this is just another environmental problem, to be dealt with when time and resources allow, and realise that this is an increasingly urgent threat to our security and prosperity.”

About tomburke

Tom Burke is the Chairman of E3G, Third Generation Environmentalism, and an Environmental Policy Adviser (part time) to Rio Tinto plc. He is a Visiting Professor at both Imperial and University Colleges, London. He is a member of the External Review Committee of Shell and the Sustainable Sourcing Advisory Board of Unilever and a Trustee of the Black-E Community Arts Project, Liverpool.
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