The cryosphere is made up of all the places on our planet that get so cold, water regularly turns to snow or ice. A new report finds that our cryosphere is melting at an unprecedented pace, with global impacts.
Temperature increases are causing Arctic sea ice to disappear at an unprecedented rate. We have not lost this much sea ice in at least the last 1000 years.
The IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) outlines how the changing ocean and frozen world will impact natural and human systems.
Although the assessment paints a stark picture, the actions we take to mitigate carbon emissions now can still mitigate some risk.
What does cryosphere melt mean for people?
Cryosphere melt and wildlife
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Disappearing snow, sea ice, glaciers and permafrost means the polar regions have become profoundly different from what we imagine. All that melting means massive changes for the rest of the world too.
What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic. The Arctic is warming faster than any other region on Earth, and the world is already feeling the effects.