Paris ice clock shows time is ticking on climate change

Twelve enormous blocks of Greenland ice were dumped outside the Place du Pantheon in Paris on Thursday to represent a clock, symbolising the race against time to stem global warming.

Paris ice clock shows time is ticking on climate change
The ice clock is ticking. Photo: AFP

The 12 blocks, weighing 80 tonnes, are part of an art installation entitled “Ice Watch”, made with parts of Greenland's ice cap by a Danish-Icelandic artist .

The installation by Olafur Eliasson is part of a project presented during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21), the United Nations conference on climate change taking place at le Bourget, on the outskirts of Paris.

The ice, transported to Paris in refrigerated boats and trucks, will melt over the coming days to symbolise that negotiators at the UN climate summit are facing a race against time to stop global warming.

“Art has the ability to change our perception of the world and Ice Watch makes the climate challenges we face more tangible,” said Eliasson.
“Today we have access to reliable data that shed light on what will happen and what can be done,” he added.

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