Artic is warming at nearly twice the rate as the rest of the Globe.

The Arctic is warming much more rapidly than previously known, at nearly twice the rate as the rest of the globe, and increasing greenhouse gases from human activities are projected to make it warmer still, according to an unprecedented four-year scientific study of the region conducted by an international team of 300 scientists. At least half the summer sea ice in the Arctic is projected to melt by the end of this century, along with a significant portion of the Greenland Ice Sheet, as the region is projected to warm an additional 7 to 13°F (4-7°C) by 2100. These changes will have major global impacts, such as contributing to global sea-level rise and intensifying global warming, according to the final report of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA). The assessment, partially funded by Canada, was commissioned by the Arctic Council (a ministerial intergovernmental forum comprised of the eight Arctic countries and six Indigenous Peoples organizations) and the International Arctic Science Committee (an international scientific organization appointed by 18 national academies of science). “The impacts of global warming are affecting people now in the Arctic,” says Robert Corell, chair of the ACIA. “The Arctic is experiencing some of the most rapid and severe climate change on earth. The impacts of climate change on the region and the globe are projected to increase substantially in the years to come.” “The assessment sends a message to all nations – climate change is real, it is happening now and it is a truly global challenge. No nation and no region is immune to its impacts, said Minister Dion. “The Arctic is bearing witness now to the kind of changes other regions will soon see. This is a wake- up call for all of us, not only of the need to reduce emissions, but to realize the importance of adapting to the increasingly changing climate.” More than 40 Canadian scientists contributed to the Assessment, several of whom were among its lead authors. Canada’s participation also included some 30 individuals from Arctic Aboriginal communities whose expertise in traditional knowledge made an important contribution to the assessment of climate impacts.
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