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Unconventional Plea: Scientists Rally in Dubai Over Rising Sea Levels

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Shivani Chauhan
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Unconventional Plea: Scientists Rally in Dubai Over Rising Sea Levels

On a crisp Saturday in December 2023, amidst the bustling cityscape of Dubai, an unusual sight unfolded. A group of scientists, led by glaciologist James Kirkham, took a stand for climate change. Dressed in light suits, sunglasses, and lifebuoys, the members of the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI) made an impassioned plea to the general public about the urgency of the rising sea levels.

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ICCI's Unconventional Plea

The International Cryosphere Climate Initiative, founded in 2009, is a global network of climate researchers and policy experts with a shared commitment—preserving our planet's icy surfaces. On this particular day, they chose to demonstrate outside the United Nations premises in Dubai. Despite the rigid regulations governing protests in the area, they had a mere quarter of an hour to make their case.

James Kirkham, leading the group, emphasized that they were not 'Scientists in Rebellion,' but rather concerned individuals alerting the public that the time to act on ocean levels is now.

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COP28: A Platform for Protest

The general protest day at COP28 in Dubai, dedicated to the oceans, provided an apt stage for the group's demonstration. Among the protestors was Florence Colleoni, an Italian paleoclimatologist. She showcased printed maps, chilling depictions of various coastal cities submerged under one, three, and ten meters of sea-level rise. This visual presentation was aimed at illustrating the possible impact of climate change on urban areas.

The Stark Reality of Climate Change

Global temperatures continue to rise, threatening to cross a critical climate threshold that was once thought to be years away. The United Kingdom's Met office has warned that next year's average global temperature could breach the crucial planetary warming benchmark of 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. This situation underscores the urgent need for world leaders to take decisive action to prevent disastrous levels of warming. As scientists continue to deliver simple yet dire messages about the impending climate tipping points, the world waits in anticipation for effective solutions.

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