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UN chief in Greenland to gauge climate change effects before September summit in NY

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    U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, center, and Greenland's Environment Minister Kim Kielsen, right, Tuesday, March 25, 2014 in Ilulissat in Greenland. The visit takes place in preparation for the U.N. Climate Summit on September this year in New York. (AP Photo/POLFOTO, Leiff Josefsen) DENMARK OUT (The Associated Press)

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    Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning- Schmidt, second left, and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, center, are welcomed by Greenland's Environment Minister Kim Kielsen, right, Tuesday, March 25. 2014 in Ilulissat in Greenland. The visit takes place in preparation for the U.N. Climate Summit on September this year in New York. (AP Photo/POLFOTO, Leiff Josefsen) DENMARK OUT (The Associated Press)

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    Greenland's Prime Minister Aleqa Hammond, left, talks with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, center, and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, third left, on the arrival, Tuesday, March 25, 2014 in Ilulissat in Greenland. The visit takes place in preparation for the U.N. Climate Summit on September this year in New York. (AP Photo/POLFOTO, Leiff Josefsen) DENMARK OUT (The Associated Press)

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has traveled to Greenland to get an up-close look at the consequences of global warming.

Ban landed Wednesday in Uummannaq, north of the Arctic Circle, the first of two towns he will visit as part of preparations for a climate summit in New York in September.

Local lawmaker Sakio Fleischer said Ban was "up here to see the effects of climate change." Fleischer said the fjord near the town only freezes for four months a year, instead of six months like it used to.

Ban is also scheduled to see a glacier carrying ice from Greenland's ice sheet, which scientists say has been losing mass over the past two decades, adding to sea-level rise.