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Paris ice clock shows climate countdown

Thursday, December 03, 2015 - 01:26

An artist hauls hauls Greenland ice to Paris during climate summit as a reminder for participants. Elly Park reports.

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It's a chilling reminder for the negotiators at the world climate summit in Paris - 80 tonnes of ice, slowly melting in the heart of the city. The ice was scooped from a Greenland fjord and hauled to Paris as part of an installation by the visual artist Olafur Eliasson. He says the icebergs are arranged in the form of a clock to directly visualize the dramatic effects of climate change. SOUNDBITE: Artist in Charge of the Installation, Olafur Eliasson, saying (English) "I hope a work of art can actually bridge the gap between the data, the scientists, the politicians and heads of state and how normal people feel." Eliasson hopes the installation will inspire an ambitious global deal. SOUNDBITE: Artist in Charge of the Installation, Olafur Eliasson, saying (English) "I hope that the heads of state succeed in deciding on something that is well below the two degrees, it should be much more ambitious, but I also think that there needs to be a kind of inclusivity with third world countries, with the people who are living on the periphery of the decision-making in this world." The blocks, some as high as six feet or two meters, left a strong impression on residents. SOUNDBITE: Passer-By, Kevin Avril, saying (French) "It really shows the connection between human beings and nature because this ice's existence is only temporary, like our existence." And hopefully the talks will end in lasting results that can reverse the effects of climate change before it's too late.

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Paris ice clock shows climate countdown

Thursday, December 03, 2015 - 01:26