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South pole hots up over past three decades

A dramatic change in the interior of the Antarctic’s sensitivity to warming is highlighted in research just published. Scientists based at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, believe that warming is now happening at the south pole three times more rapidly than in the rest of the world.

The researchers, led by Kyle Chen, argue that the warming trends are most likely to be the result of climate change arising from human activity. 

Normal temperatures at the South Pole vary from -60℃ during winter to -20℃ during summer. Until the 1980s, however, the area around the south pole appeared to be growing cooler.

Read the original research paper here.

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