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Arctic sea ice

Interview with Vishnu Nandan, polar researcher and lead author of a study report that suggests that Arctic sea ice is melting faster than previously estimated by satellite data.
The pristine icy cold desert at Dease Strait, Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canadian Arctic (69° North). This photo was taken on April 2, 2017.
The pristine icy cold desert at Dease Strait, Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canadian Arctic (69° North). This photo was taken on April 2, 2017.Photo: Vishnu Nandan
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Vishnu Nandan.
Vishnu Nandan.
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Members of the Cryosphere Climate Research Group, University of Calgary, collecting snow property measurements from Arctic sea ice. Their research vessel, R/V Lance, a Norwegian icebreaker, is anchored alongside on thin Arctic ice.
Members of the Cryosphere Climate Research Group, University of Calgary, collecting snow property measurements from Arctic sea ice. Their research vessel, R/V Lance, a Norwegian icebreaker, is anchored alongside on thin Arctic ice.Photo: Lawrence Hislop/CliC
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R/V Lance, a Norwegian ice breaker anchored on a piece of thin Arctic sea ice, with INTPART researchers from the U.S., Canada and Norway conducting field measurements. The photo was captured from an airborne drone.
R/V Lance, a Norwegian ice breaker anchored on a piece of thin Arctic sea ice, with INTPART researchers from the U.S., Canada and Norway conducting field measurements. The photo was captured from an airborne drone.Photo: Lawrence Hislop/CliC
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A male polar bear with the carcass of a white-beaked dolphin that it has partially covered with snow for safekeeping, at Raudfjorden on the Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard.
A male polar bear with the carcass of a white-beaked dolphin that it has partially covered with snow for safekeeping, at Raudfjorden on the Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard.Photo: JON AARS/AFP
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Walruses rest on an ice floe in the Chukchi Sea in the Arctic. Fast-melting Arctic sea ice appears to be pushing walruses to haul themselves out onto land. This picture was taken on July 9, 2011.
Walruses rest on an ice floe in the Chukchi Sea in the Arctic. Fast-melting Arctic sea ice appears to be pushing walruses to haul themselves out onto land. This picture was taken on July 9, 2011.Photo: U.S. Geological Survey/ REUTERS
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An Arctic seal resting on snow-covered Arctic first-year sea ice located 40 km from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canadian Arctic (69° North). This picture was captured on May 16, 2016.
An Arctic seal resting on snow-covered Arctic first-year sea ice located 40 km from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canadian Arctic (69° North). This picture was captured on May 16, 2016.Photo: Vishnu Nandan
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Arctic seal hunting by a Greenlandic Inuit.
Arctic seal hunting by a Greenlandic Inuit.Photo: Lawrence Hislop/CliC
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An Inuit hunter coils his net after pulling in a beluga whale at Cape Nome near Nome, Alaska.
An Inuit hunter coils his net after pulling in a beluga whale at Cape Nome near Nome, Alaska.Photo: Laurent Dick/AP
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An Inuit family enjoying a dinner of crabs in their igloo on the Arctic ice. An undated photograph.
An Inuit family enjoying a dinner of crabs in their igloo on the Arctic ice. An undated photograph.Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES
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Narwhal whale hunting by the Inuit. The picture was captured near Baffin Island, Canadian Arctic (72° North).
Narwhal whale hunting by the Inuit. The picture was captured near Baffin Island, Canadian Arctic (72° North).Photo: Claudio Aporta
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Town centre of Nuuk, Greenland, with Blok P, the largest apartment building in town (and in all of Greenland).
Town centre of Nuuk, Greenland, with Blok P, the largest apartment building in town (and in all of Greenland).Photo: Vincent van Zeijst
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Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) over the city of Tromso, Norwegian Arctic (69° North) on September 8, 2017.
Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) over the city of Tromso, Norwegian Arctic (69° North) on September 8, 2017.Photo: Lawrence Hislop/CliC
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Oil spill on ice after the Icelandic container ship M/S Godafoss ran aground in the Norwegian Arctic in February 2011. The ship was carrying approximately 800 tonnes of heavy fuel oil and approximately 440 containers on board.
Oil spill on ice after the Icelandic container ship M/S Godafoss ran aground in the Norwegian Arctic in February 2011. The ship was carrying approximately 800 tonnes of heavy fuel oil and approximately 440 containers on board.Photo: Jon Terje Hellgren/Greenpeace
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The Ob River tanker loaded with liquified natural gas sailing in an undisclosed location in the Arctic.
The Ob River tanker loaded with liquified natural gas sailing in an undisclosed location in the Arctic.Photo: GAZPROM/AFP
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A cargo container ship ploughing through thin Arctic sea ice. As shipping trade routes increase in the Arctic region, so do the prospects of oil spills and noise pollution, further affecting the fragile Arctic ecosystem.
A cargo container ship ploughing through thin Arctic sea ice. As shipping trade routes increase in the Arctic region, so do the prospects of oil spills and noise pollution, further affecting the fragile Arctic ecosystem.Photo: Pixabay
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Skidoos, or snow scooters, parked on Arctic sea ice. They are used for travelling across sea ice and for transporting equipment from research stations to field sites.
Skidoos, or snow scooters, parked on Arctic sea ice. They are used for travelling across sea ice and for transporting equipment from research stations to field sites.Photo: Vishnu Nandan
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