UPDATED: U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to remove the climate change page from its website, two agency employees told Reuters, the latest move by the newly minted leadership to erase ex-President Barack Obama’s climate change initiatives.
“If the website goes dark, years of work we have done on climate change will disappear,” one of the EPA staffers told Reuters, who added some employees were scrambling to save some of the information housed on the website, or convince the Trump administration to preserve parts of it.
The moves have reinforced concerns that Trump, a climate change doubter, could seek to sideline scientific research showing that carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels contributes to global warming, as well as the career staffers at the agencies that conduct much of this research.
Myron Ebell, said “My guess is the web pages will be taken down, but the links and information will be available.”
Still good reason to be alarmed, Melting icebergs and global warming are a global issue. And we want to tackle it on a global level. That’s why you are invited to download the original sounds of melting icebergs and turn them into your own song. Download, remix and make the icebergs heard!
Iceberg Songs is a project initiated by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by music artists, who have collaborated with polar researchers using the ‘death chants’ of icebergs generating the noise by their melting and breaking where popular producers have composed unique songs from it. Artists that include among others Trentemoeller, Marc Houle, TSFNL Robot Koch, Johannes Brecht, Cosby, Jungnitsch & Hieber and a classical orchestra participated.
Listen below to a few and watch and listen to these touching productions on Icebergsongs.com. Share the time that you listen to these track on the official site, as all are being counted to present at the post-summit in May, where a call to the policy will be made to solve the climate crisis.
It all started back in 2009, when Artic explorers recorded the mystic sounds of melting icebergs. Several years went by until the UNFCCC discovered the recordings and initiated the Iceberg Songs project with a collective of befriended creatives.
The fact that icebergs are melting is no secret. But by turning their crying into songs by famous artists, we are giving them a voice that can be heard and shared all over the world. The more the people listen to these songs, the higher the demand for action.
On November 30th 2015, the Iceberg Songs were officially published at the World Climate Conference in Paris, the COP21. Six months later, at the “Après Paris”, the UNFCCC presented the collected time listened, and handed it over in a symbolic act to those who could make a change in favour of our climate.
Now it’s up to you: listen, understand and share the Iceberg Songs. Demand answers and action – for the icebergs and against global warming.
In an extraordinary show of support for the Paris Climate Change Agreement adopted last December, 175 Parties (174 countries and the European Union) signed up to it at a ceremony at UN Headquarters April 22nd that far exceeded the historical record for first-day signatures to an international agreement.
“The world will have met the requirement needed for the Paris Agreement to enter into force,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, “if all 175 Parties that have signed today take the next step at the national level and join the Agreement.”
Several countries announced plans to join the agreement in 2016, including Australia, Argentina, Cameroon, Canada, China, France, Mali, Mexico, Philippines, and the United States. Other countries, including Brazil, the European Union, and the Russian Federation, pledged to swiftly work to complete the necessary steps for joining the agreement.
“I am very pleased to see so much support and political momentum to move the Agreement forward,” said the Secretary-General. “The spirit of multilateralism is strong.”
DOWNLOAD & REMIX ICEBERG SOUNDS
Melting icebergs and global warming are a global issue. And we want to tackle it on a global level. That’s why you are invited to download the original sounds of melting icebergs and turn them into your own song. Download, remix and make the icebergs heard!
Watch Leonardo DiCaprio’s new climate change documentary #BeforetheFlood featuring a score from Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Gustavo Santaolalla, and Mogwai