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China to launch eight Antarctic, Arctic research expeditions for climate change study

Beijing, Set 26(ANI): China plans to launch five Antarctic and three Arctic research expeditions between 2011 and 2015 to study climate and environmental changes in the region.

Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration (CAA) Director Qu Tanzhou said the country will launch the 28th Antarctic expedition in early November and the fifth Arctic expedition in July 2012.

According to Xinhua, Chinese researchers will focus on monitoring the weather and environment changes in the polar regions between 2011 and 2015, as the research would benefit the country’s adaptation to climate change.

Communist Party of China’s CAA committee head Qin Weijia said China also plans to build a new icebreaker before 2015, which will form a part of Arctic-Antarctic maritime research team.

The nation’s top economic planner, the National Development and Reform Commission, has already approved by the plan to build the new icebreaker, Wejia added.(ANI)