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Changing Earth Day, March 12th, Press Release

MEDIA ADVISORY:
MARCH 12TH:  IPY DAY FOCUSSING ON CHANGING EARTH

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March 3rd, 2008

On March 12th, 2008, the International Polar Year (IPY) will launch its third ‘International Polar Day’, focusing on our Changing Earth; with a specific focus on Earth history as discovered through paleoclimate records that study the long term history of the Earth by analysing ice sheets and sediments below polar lakes and oceans.

In preparation, a special Changing Earth webpage has been prepared with information for Press and Educators, details of current projects, contact details for scientists around the world, including in the polar regions, images, background information and useful links and resources.

To better understand the impacts of human-induced climate change requires close awareness of natural forces of planetary change. In the 4.6 billion year history of our planet, the present arrangement of cold ice-covered regions at the northern and southern poles represents a recent development.  An unprecedented combination of continental positions and orbital conditions has allowed the current

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