As the climate crisis intensifies, billions of people are affected by food and water insecurity, economic turmoil, large-scale migration, loss of lives and livelihoods.
The Arctic is rapidly warming and disproportionately driving climate risks. No matter where you live, what happens in the Arctic affects your community, and vice versa.
How the Arctic Affects the World
No matter where you live, what happens in the Arctic affects your community and vice versa.
The Control Center for
Global Climate Risks
Instead of thinking about the Arctic as some distant land, we need to think of
it more like a control center for climate risk mitigation.
The more decision-makers understand the Arctic and engage with Arctic data, the better we can enhance understanding of global climate risks.
Extreme weather events
Arctic change disrupts global weather systems that have been linked to droughts, floods, storms, and other extreme weather events.
The Arctic’s effect on extreme weather hampers efforts to feed the planet, increasing the risk of simultaneous harvest failures across all six breadbasket regions.
Heat waves and heat stress
Loss of ice and snow in the Arctic amplifies the risk of more intense and prolonged heat and drought globally.
Sea level rise
Greenland is the largest contributor to global sea level rise, leading to catastrophic coastal flooding worldwide.
Arctic change threatens water security around the world through droughts and changes to global precipitation patterns.
The extreme weather triggered by a warming Arctic is causing significant economic losses, disproportionately affecting lower-income countries in tropical regions.
Arctic change increases favorable conditions for vector-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue and the Zika virus.
Regional impacts in the arctic
Melting sea ice, receding glaciers, thawing permafrost, and a greener Arctic threaten the economies and way of life for Arctic Indigenous communities and species.
As the Arctic melts, global nations are racing to claim its natural resources, shipping routes, and territories, creating a new hotspot for geopolitical tension.
Did you know nine of the planet’s
16 key climate tipping points are in
the polar regions? In fact, five of the
six that are expected to tip between
1.5C and 2C are in the poles.
Did you know fires burn beneath the frozen tundra in the Arctic?
When the snow melts, these “zombie fires” can
re-emerge aboveground, releasing greenhouse gasses and air pollutants
into the atmosphere.
More sensors and data are needed to determine
the extent and exact location of these fires.
The Arctic is a barometer of the climate crisis, but how fast is the Arctic changing, and how exactly do
in the Arctic affect the rest of the world?
We’re exploring questions
like these and visualizing the data to make Arctic science easy to understand for business leaders, policymakers, and everyone involved in managing risks and restoring nature.
With the Arctic Risk Platform, we’re creating a dashboard to connect climate change and Arctic science, and we’re expanding our visualization of insights to Antarctica and other frozen parts of the world.
Here are just a few of the benefits you can expect from this tool.
- Learn how the Arctic affects global climate risks
- Monitor the changing state of the Arctic through indicators, alerts, and data visualizations
- View effects on extreme weather, supply chains, food and water security, sea level rise, and heat stress
- Understand how the Arctic affects climate vulnerable countries
- Learn how the Arctic affects the success of UN sustainable development goals
- Understand how the Arctic affects business, from supply chain disruptions to labor productivity loss and infrastructure risks
- Access communication and media toolkits and assets to make sense of Arctic science
- Curate the latest regional and global solutions to mitigate the effects of Arctic change
We’re seeking support to build out the following features.
- Industry- and regional-specific data visualizations
- Quantified impact of climate solutions on the Arctic
- Future projections of global risk based on different scenarios of Arctic change
- Insights to guide evidence-based solutions and innovation in clean energy
- Advanced risk analytics
- Polar risk dashboard
View a sampling of alerts, global risks, and data accessible on the platform.
01. Arctic Indicator
The Arctic is warming at a faster rate than the rest of the globe
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions can halt the cascade of risks the Arctic sets off for the rest of the world. View major emissions contributors in your country.
Thanks to our colleagues at Climate TRACE, we can finally understand the
links between emissions of GHGs and shrinking Arctic sea ice.
Where We Go
To avoid the worst effects of climate change, we need to implement solutions for all sectors and regions.
- No new investment in fossil fuels
- Phase out coal power
- Define an industry roadmap to reduce emissions
- Change shipping practices in the Arctic to reduce black carbon emissions
- Protect nature to enhance carbon sinks
- Align financial flows with net zero
- Slow the pace of permafrost thaw
- Hold the richest nations accountable for loss and damage
We urgently need to increase awareness of the connection between Arctic breakdown and global risks, as well as solutions.
With your support, we can flip the script on the climate crisis by centering stories about our changing planet around the Arctic, deploying sensors to fill gaps in Arctic research, and improving data quality and risk analytics for business leaders and policymakers.