Wednesday, May 31, 2017

U.S. Resists Plan to Link Climate Change, Ocean Health:  U.N. Co-Chair

A tourist snorkels above coral in the lagoon located on Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef, north-east from the town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, June 9, 2015. (Credit: Reuters/David Gray/File Photo) Click to Enlarge.
The United States is resisting plans to highlight how climate change is disrupting life in the oceans at a U.N. conference of almost 200 nations next week, Sweden's deputy prime minister, who will co-chair the talks, said on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump doubts that global warming has a human cause and that U.S. scepticism has even affected preparations for the June 5-9 U.N. Ocean Conference in New York, Isabella Lovin told Reuters.

The conference is due to issue a "Call for Action" to limit damage to marine life from threats the United Nations says include global warming, over-fishing and pollution such as plastic waste.

"I think I can safely say that the United States has not been very keen on strong language on climate change," Lovin said in a telephone interview.

"We are not prepared to leave that (strong language) out. That's really fundamental," Lovin said of the draft documents.  "The impacts of climate change are almost immeasurable."

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