An icebreaker carrying more than 300 scientists from 20 countries has returned to its home port of Bremerhaven, Germany, from where it set off over a year ago on the biggest expedition of its kind ever undertaken.
The German Alfred Wegener Institute's Polarstern ship is set to return to the port on Monday, bringing home devastating proof of a "dying Arctic Ocean" and warnings of ice-free summers in just decades.
For one year, a research ship called "Polarstern" will drift through the frozen Arctic. Researchers want to better understand the influence of the Arctic on climate, says cruise leader Christian Haas in a DW interview.
As the planet heats up, so does the debate about climate change. Sensible debate is becoming increasingly difficult in these fearful times, and Zoran Arbutina says people with rational arguments are at a disadvantage.
A new report says that roughly 75% of the 184 national pledges to cut emissions under the Paris Agreement are insufficient to avoid dire global warming. But local and private sector initiatives could offer hope.
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