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Climate Change: Antarctica on thin ice

In September 2021, during the SNF Dialogues event “Climate Change – Part 2” we learned about how climate change is affecting Antarctica’s delicate ecosystem and melting its ice sheets. Since then, massive floods, megafires and extreme weather events across the globe have rarely left the headlines, making us wonder – how are Antarctica’s ice sheets holding up?

Paleoclimatologist Carlo Barbante, Director of Italy’s Institute of Polar Sciences, Professor at the Ca΄Foscari University in Venice and Ice Memory Foundation Vice-Chairman, has been going on expeditions to Antarctica for 30 years and has witnessed the accelerating changes first-hand. 

In this podcast discussion with Phoebe Fronista, he explained how the velocity of sea level rise has doubled in the last 20 years, what he hopes to learn from 1-million-year-old ice, and why he’s still an optimist on climate change.

What is happening in polar regions, doesn’t stay in polar regions. It affects the ocean, the atmosphere, and the continents at lower latitudes.

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