Climate change

This section shows the global nature of the world’s climate system and that what happens in one place will have an effect on another place thousands of miles away. Climate change in the Arctic is happening quickly and there could be both positive and negative outcomes.

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states that warming will occur most rapidly in the Arctic.

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Arctic climate challengeClimate change could have both positive and negative effects for the Arctic. Take the challenge and find out more.

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Sensitive ArcticIn Alaska and Western Canada winter temperatures have already increased by 3-4° centigrade in the last 50 years.
Losing the iceThe IPCC states that over the last 30 years the average sea ice extent in the Arctic has decreased by 8%.
What happens next?People, animals and plants that live in the Arctic environment will have to adapt quickly!

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Arctic timelineWhat are the important dates in the history of the Arctic?

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