Guy Clavel
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/ 30 January 2007

Antarctica — a test bed for global warming

As top scientists meet in the comfort of Paris to hammer out a major report on climate change, a handful of their confreres hunker down on a frozen plateau in the middle of Antarctica, painstakingly gathering warning signs of global warming. A rotating commune of French and Italian researchers is tracing the history of the planet’s climate.

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/ 9 November 2005

Europe launches its first mission to Venus

Europe’s first mission to Venus was successfully launched on Wednesday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and emitted its first signal at the start of its 163-day journey to the turbulent planet. Venus Express will explore the unusual stormy atmosphere and runaway global warming on Venus.