In a long address in Spanish at the United Nations regional office, Francis said it would be "catastrophic" if particular interests prevailed over the common good of people and the planet or if the conference were manipulated by business interests.
1977: ROSS ICE SHELF, Antarctica-A huge portion of the Antarctic ice mass appears to be collapsing into the sea, a catastrophe that could raise the levels of the oceans by almost 20 feet.
"We're seeing the West ice sheet on its way out," said Richard Cameron of the National Science Foundation. "It seems to be doing something completely different than the east ice sheet. It has nothing to do with a warmer climate, just the dynamics of unstable ice."..."We're doing about the most we can do right now to study the possible collapse of the west ice sheet," said Dr. Richard Cameron, NSF program manager for glaciology. "It has become an area of concern because we could be on the brink of a rise in sea levels."
SUCH A RAPID rise is not unprecedented. It may have caused the Great Deluge described in the Old Testament.