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MUN global warming-related project gets international recognition

Memorial University’s SmartICE project has received international recognition for its innovative approach to finding safer routes for travelling on thinning sea ice caused by global warming. Photo taken from the website of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Memorial University’s SmartICE project has received international recognition for its innovative approach to finding safer routes for travelling on thinning sea ice caused by global warming. Photo taken from the website of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

A tool developed at Memorial University to help the Inuit adapt to thinning sea ice by providing information to enable them to select a safer route while travelling on it has won international recognition.

Memorial University’s SmartICE project, headed by Dr. Trevor Bell of the Department of Geography, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, has been named one of 19 recipients of the United Nations (UN) Momentum for Change Climate Solutions Award.

SmartICE is the only Canadian recipient.

A news release notes the award shines light on some of the most innovative, scaleable and practical examples of what people across the globe are doing to combat climate change.

“I want to congratulate this year’s award winners,” said Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary, UN Climate Change. “Their passion, creativity and positive impacts on the ground are extraordinary, real-world examples of how the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the wider SDGs is happening at all scales across all countries and across all sectors of society.”

SmartICE will be showcased with other award recipients at a series of special events during the UN Climate Change conference in Bonn, Germany, from Nov. 6-17.

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