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The mean temperature of the Earth's surface has risen noticeably over the past decades. This warming is to a large extent due to the anthropogenic emissions of CO2 that amplify the natural greenhouse effect. Observations show, however, that there has been hardly or almost no increase in the surface temperature of inland Antarctica over the same period.
This year emissions could decline by 0.6 per cent, according to researchers of the Global Carbon Project. The results appeared in the online journal Earth System Science Data.
The upcoming Saturday, 5th December 2015, the European Polar Board, the scientific project ICE-ARC and the consortium EU-PolarNet, which is managed by the Alfred Wegener Institute, host an official side event during this year’s UN climate conference. The focus of the event lies on how climate change affects the Arctic and which global consequences the changes in the High North draw with them.
The German Research Foundation (DFG) supports the new Transregional Collaborative Research Centre “Arctic climate change”. The Alfred Wegener Institute is one of the research partners in the project.
Our new map of the Antarctic continent and the seafloor of the Southern Ocean, which we have created with the TU Dresden’s Institute for Cartography, will be shown in the Hall of Fame of Cartography.