Ministers get close look at Antarctic ice threat
TROLL RESEARCH STATION, Antarctica (AP) — A parka-clad band of environment ministers landed in this remote corner of the icy continent on Monday, in the final days of an intense season of climate research, to learn more about how a melting Antarctica may endanger the planet.
Representatives from more than a dozen nations, including the U.S., China, Britain and Russia, were to rendezvous at a Norwegian research station with American and Norwegian scientists coming in on the last leg of a 1,400-mile (2,300-kilometer), two-month trek over the ice from the South Pole.
The visitors will gain “hands-on experience of the colossal magnitude of the Antarctic continent and its role in global climate change,” said the mission’s organizer, Norway’s Environment Ministry.
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