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French president pledges R20bn to fund research into melting ice caps

# French president Emmanuel Macron has committed to spending over 20-billion-rand on polar research between now and 2030, amidst concern over the world’s melting ice caps and glaciers. According to reports, the plight of the Earth’s polar regions and glaciers has sparked alarm among many scientists, as heatwaves at both poles look set to be a regular occurrence. Experts have warned that half the world’s 200-thousand glaciers are set to disappear by the end of the century. Macron says this is a present and accelerating threat that needs urgent attention.