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The View from the Top: Searching for Responses to a Rapidly Changing Arctic

31 May 2013

In the fragile Arctic region, the extent of sea ice was at a record low in September 2012. Land ice is also retreating, while snow is disappearing, and permafrost is thawing. Rapid environmental change in the Arctic, as a result of climate change, is providing new development opportunities including easier access to oil and gas, minerals and fisheries. It is also threatening ecosystems – with ice-associated animals, especially at risk. Changes in the Arctic will have consequences far beyond this region, including a global rise in sea levels and probably more extreme weather across much of the northern hemisphere. These current and future consequences of climate change require urgent responses. Arctic and non-Arctic countries share responsibility for protecting this region, in particular by limiting their greenhouse gas emissions.

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