Our civilization has developed during a period of incredibly stable climate over the past 10000 years. The predicted changes for the next few hundred years are in steep contrast.
The Greenland ice sheet could destabilise completely with around 1.5 – 2.0 ̊C global warming. Complete melt of the ice sheet would lead to sea levels rising by about 7m.
The Arctic is the most important early warning system for climate change on our planet. Rapid loss of Arctic sea ice is a clear indicator of changing climate.
The Clean Arctic Alliance is calling on the global shipping industry to adopt a ban on HFO use and carriage as fuel by ships in the Arctic as a first urgent and indispensable step towards reducing warming and stopping the loss of Arctic sea ice. It must also implement measures to reduce GHG emissions immediately to keep the 1.5°C goal achievable, and to develop binding mid-and long-term measures, in IMO’s revised GHG strategy in 2023, to eliminate emissions.
The Arctic Climate Crisis: Calling Global Shipping to Action (PDF)