Antarctic ice melt: what’s the difference?

You probably think the Arctic and the Antarctic are pretty similar, but there are some important differences. Here's why that matters for climate change

Video written and presented by Emma Howard, produced and edited by Georgie Johnson. Thumbnail image: Paul Hilton / Greenpeace.

You’ve heard that the Arctic is melting. You know that’s a big deal for climate change.

But what about the Antarctic?

It’s a vast and inhospitable continent, so what we do know is limited (and confusing). But from penguins to sea level rise, what happens in the Antarctic affects – and is affected by – climate change.

Reporter Emma Howard explains how it differs to the Arctic and why that matters.

Special thanks to NASA’s Scientific Visualisation Studio

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‘Curiousity’ by Lee Rosevere.
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