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Global leaders at UN meet: If virus does not kill us, climate change will

The pandemic has muted the U.N. meeting, with world leaders speaking not from the podium in New York but via video from home

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According to a recent study, a big chunk of Greenland’s ice cap measuring approximately 42.3 square miles has broken off in the far northeastern Arctic. Scientists believe this is due to the Earth’s rapidly changing climate

AP | PTI Johannesburg
In a year of cataclysm, some world leaders at this week's annual United Nations (UN) meeting are taking the long view, warning: If Covid-19 doesn't kill us, climate change will.

With Siberia seeing its warmest temperature on record this year and enormous chunks of ice caps in Greenland and Canada sliding into the sea, countries are acutely aware there’s no vaccine for global warming.

“We are already seeing a version of environmental Armageddon,” Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said, citing wildfires in the western US and noting that the Greenland ice chunk was larger than a number of island nations.

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First Published: Sep 28 2020 | 1:46 AM IST

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