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Arctic scientists race to preserve ‘ice memory’

Context: Arctic scientists are set to start drilling to save samples of ancient ice for analysis before the frozen layers melt away due to climate change.

Major Highlights

  • Italian, French and Norwegian researchers have set up camp in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago to preserve crucial ice records for analysing past environmental conditions.
  • They will extract ice in a series of tubes from 125 metres below the surface, containing frozen geochemical traces dating back three centuries.

Key Facts

  • Human-caused carbon emissions have warmed the planet by 1.1 degrees Celsius since the 19th century.
  • The Arctic is warming between two and four times faster than the global average.

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