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International Polar Year March Kick-Off: Celebrating ‘Polar’


The International Polar Year 2007-08 will be launched on the 1st of March. Across both hemispheres, dozens of nations are organizing events and ceremonies both large and small to celebrate the occasion. Together, they will engage experts, children and the general public, and will play an important role in raising awareness as to the Polar Regions’ central relevance as climate archives, early warning systems, threatened habitats, and (in the case of the Arctic) homes to indigenous cultures.

(This article does not aim to present each and every IPY related event or initiative. For more information on this vast collaborative effort, please refer to the launch events page on the IPY website and national IPY committee websites).

International flavour

The Official International Opening Ceremony to launch the IPY 2007-08 will take place at the Palais de la D

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