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A polar ice boat will take scientists along the coast of Greenland for an intensive study. Photo: Pic: ВикиКорректор

A polar ice boat will take scientists along the coast of Greenland for an intensive study. Photo: Pic: ВикиКорректор

Arctic climate science has been in the news a lot lately; here are some of the highlights.

Greenland research cruise to investigate sea ice

Responding To Climate Change (rtcc.org) reports that a two-week research cruise to the waters off the northeastern coast of Greenland is getting underway to find out what is happening to the Arctic sea ice.

The scientists will measure a range of parameters of the sea ice, icebergs and how they interact with their ship, the Swedish polar icebreaker Oden. The voyage, coming at the end of the northern hemisphere summer, coincides with the lowest levels of ice in the Arctic.

IPCC report to say the earth—and not just the atmosphere—is warming as a result of climate change

Bloomberg News reports that a forthcoming report from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will focus on evidence that the Earth is warming rather than just changes in air temperature, according to a climate scientist who has seen drafts of parts of the study:

The rate of polar ice melting, warming of oceans and the steady rise of sea levels all point to a planet heating up, said Kevin Trenberth, a senior scientist in the climate analysis section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He’s a reviewer for the forthcoming United Nations climate report.

Read more here.

More evidence to suggest climate warming is man-made

Reuters reports that the aforementioned IPCC report also makes a strong argument that it is “at least 95 percent likely that human activities — chiefly the burning of fossil fuels — are the main cause of warming since the 1950s.” Read more here.

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