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Temperatures are rising rapidly in parts of Antarctica, but the overall picture of the way in which the frozen continent and its inhabitants are responding to climate change is still incomplete

A clear signal

With the summer ice melting and temperatures rising at unprecedented rates, scientists are all but certain that changes taking place in the Arctic can be attributed to anthropogenic climate change
Melting of West Antarctica’s ice cap is causing its bedrock to shift sideways, according to a new study
Climate-change related alterations to the Earth’s rotation are causing the position of the North Pole to shift, according to a new study
Average summer temperatures experienced by the eastern Canadian Arctic during the past century are higher than they have been at any time over the past 44,000 years, and perhaps as long ago as 120,000 years
Deep water in the Greenland Sea is warming about ten times more rapidly than the global ocean, according to a new study
The puzzling growth of sea ice in parts of Antarctica is probably the result of strengthening winds blowing over the continent, according to a new study
A team of French scientists has used sediment cores dating back 70,000–80,000 years to resolve a long-standing paradox about the formation of the Arctic ice sheet
Global warming is causing crop pests to spread to higher latitudes at a rate of almost three kilometres a year, a new study has revealed

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