The Arctic is a remote wilderness that is home to some of the most iconic, and threatened, wildlife on Earth, including polar bears, narwhal and Arctic foxes. Few of us have been lucky enough to explore the expanses of sea ice, glaciers or ice-sheets, yet we are inextricably linked to this vast region and it plays an integral role in our global climate system. Rising temperatures in the Arctic region appear to be influencing weather systems in other areas of the world, though the details of the complex processes involved are unclear.
The Arctic region is warming at more than twice the rate of other areas of the world in a phenomenon known as 'Arctic amplification'. The sea ice is melting earlier and the total area of summer sea ice has, on average, fallen markedly over the last 30 years.... Read more >