Former Vice President Al Gore, foreign ministers and climate change scientists met this week in the town of Tromsø, Norway to discuss the impacts of melting ice in Antarctica, the Arctic and mountain areas worldwide.
The timing of the conference was particularly good, as just this week, an ice chunk the size of New York City broke away from Antarctica, and now another the size of Rhode Island appears to be on the precipice of snapping off.
What are the consequences of Arctic and Antarctic icemelt? Just one illustrative point that Energy Secretary Steven Chu made earlier this year: Maldives, an island nation, are going to need to buy a new country:
Gore is optimistic now that the United States government has taken notice of environmental issues:
Gore says that climate change calls for grassroots movements in every nation around the world to pressure politicians to act: