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Latest Climate Change Science: Antarctic Ice Loss and limiting Climate Change impacts

Durham University research is helping us to understand the damaging impacts of climate change and is leading on international research into options for limiting climate change impacts.

A major climate assessment known as the Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-comparison Exercise (IMBIE), recently published in Nature some of the latest climate change evidence. This shows that Ice losses from Antarctica have increased global sea levels by 7.6 mm since 1992, with two fifths of this rise (3.0 mm) coming in the last five years alone.

The assessment is the most complete picture of Antarctic ice sheet change to date - 84 scientists from 44 international organisations, including Durham University, combined 24 satellite surveys to produce the assessment.

The research showed that there has been a steep increase in ice losses from Antarctica during the past decade, and the continent is causing sea levels to rise faster today than at any time in the past 25 years. This raises significant concerns for coastal cities and communities in particular. Find out more about research in this area

NATure-based URban innoVATION is a 4-year project, funded by the European Commission and involving 14 institutions across Europe in the fields of urban development, geography, innovation studies and economics. The project is developing our understanding of what nature-based solutions can achieve in cities and examining how innovation can be fostered in this domain. The project is also contributing to realising the potential of nature-based solutions for responding to urban sustainability challenges by working with communities and stakeholders. Examples of nature-based solutions are green roofs and city parks that limit heat stress, city lagoons that store water and permeable surfaces, vegetation and rain gardens to intercept storm water.

The project’s Urban Nature Atlas can be used to search for Nature-Based Solution projects across Europe, containing almost 1000 examples from across 100 European cities. Get engaged and submit examples you have seen of nature-based solutions through twitter or instagram @naturvation

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Read about the ice loss research

Find out about the Naturvation project

Naturvation project website with atlas, advice and resources

Watch the animation to see how ice losses from Antarctica have increased global sea levels.

Read more about what life is like as an Antarctic researcher.