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scientists from the research ship polarstern working among snowdrifts on the polar ice

How anchoring a ship to an ice floe will help fight climate change

In September, the giant German polar research vessel Polarstern will set off from Tromsø in Norway on a remarkable voyage. It will sail across the Arctic Ocean and after a few weeks reach a point off the Siberian coast, around 85 deg N 120 deg E, where it will attach itself to the biggest, strongest-looking ice floe its crew can find.

leaves of the extinct southern beech found at oliver bluffs

Last time CO2 levels were this high, there were trees at the South Pole

Trees growing near the South Pole, sea levels 20 metres higher than now, and global temperatures 3°C-4°C warmer. That is the world scientists are uncovering as they look back in time to when the planet last had as much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as it does today.

melting ice in east antarctica

Scientists to take 1.5m-year-old ice samples for climate research

Scientists are planning to extract ice samples from more than 1.5m years ago in a bid to discover more about our ancient climate – and hopefully learn more about our future climate. The project, which expects to receive £9.4m in funding from the European commission, is expected to start in June 2020, according to reports in Nature.

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