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Polar ice sheets are now melting three times faster than in the 1990s, but so far that's added just less than half an inch to already rising global sea levels, a new giant scientific study says

A chilling message: Ice sheets melting three times faster than 20 years ago

New research using satellite measurements shows polar caps are shrinking three times quicker than 20 years ago

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Cairn warms to Morocco

Cairn Energy has paid $60m (£38m) for a 50 per cent stake in an oil exploration block off the coast of Morocco.

This iceberg, bigger than Manhattan, recently broke off the Petermann glacier

The big thaw: Greenland ice cover is melting away

The vast ice sheet of Greenland, which holds enough water to raise global sea levels by 7.2 metres, underwent a remarkable transformation for a few days this month when scientists observed an unprecedented melting of its frozen surface.

The extent of surface melt over Greenland's ice sheet on 8 July and 12 July is seen in this Nasa handout image

Greenland ice sheet melting is unprecedented

The vast ice sheet of Greenland underwent a remarkable transformation for a few days this month when scientists observed an unprecedented melting of its frozen surface.

Concerns raised as strange and sudden ice sheet melt reported in Greenland

Scientists say there has been a freak event in Greenland this month: Nearly every part of the massive ice sheet that blankets the island suddenly started melting.

Cairn broadens its horizons with Nautical buy

Cairn Energy is continuing to bulk up outside Greenland, where its wells have always come up dry, after agreeing to buy North Sea oil company Nautical Petroleum for £414m.

Cairn Energy vows to continue Greenland operations

The chairman and founder of oil explorer Cairn Energy vowed today to continue operations off the coast of Greenland despite unsuccessful drilling in the region causing a $1.1 billion (£693 million) last year.

Vikings 'carried mice to colonies'‎

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1,000 cubic miles of ice has disappeared between 2003 and 2010 from polar caps

Billions of tons of water lost from world's glaciers, satellite reveals

The total volume of water that has melted from all of the world's polar ice sheets, ice caps and mountain glaciers over the past decade would repeatedly fill Britain's largest lake, Windemere, more than 13,000 times, according to one of the most comprehensive studies of the Earth's frozen "cryosphere".

Market Report: Footsie ends on a high but Cairn Energy misses out

It may have been boom time in the Square Mile, but not everyone was along for the ride. While the Footsie closed last night at its highest since last July, Cairn Energy was among the stocks missing out on the rally amid fears the oil explorer is about to come under sustained pressure.

India finally clears Vedanta takeover of Cairn assets

Fifteen months after striking a deal to sell a controlling stake in its Indian unit, Britain's Cairn Energy has received regulatory clearance and can complete the $6.5bn (£4.1bn) transaction.

Cairn comes up dry for eighth time in Greenland

Investors hoping to cash in on an oil boom off the vast, untapped coast of Greenland were dealt a blow yesterday after Cairn Energy said that, after spending $1bn (£636m) and drilling eight exploration wells, it had failed to make a commercially viable discovery in the region.

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Cairn campaign off the coast of Greenland hit by failure

Company said it had plugged and abandoned the final two wells in its 2011 campaign
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