Antarctica is melting faster and further than ever before, environmental ministers meeting in Nairobi were warned in February, in a dramatic phone call direct from the frozen continent.

Famed yachtsman and explorer Sir Peter Blake called the ministers attending the United Nations Environment Program to say that he had just sailed his yacht through open water that had been frozen for hundreds of thousands of years.

The call came as representatives from 80 countries were debating about how to rescue international negotiations on global warming in the face of attempts by the U.S. and oil-producing countries to block them.
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