Resilience in the Arctic: Facing the Future
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In this issue, we take a look at what it means to create a more resilient Arctic.Download this issue of The Circle
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This fall, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate. The IPCC is the most authoritative global organisation for assessing climate change science.
The Alaskan town of Utqiaġvik is perched precariously on the wild coastline between the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. It’s also on the frontlines of the climate crisis, continuously fending off the existential threat of coastal erosion.
The case for creating networks of marine protected areas
There is no question that human activity is having a major impact on our oceans. Pollution, shipping, overfishing and increased boat traffic due to tourism, combined with ocean warming and acidification, are all contributing to the deterioration of marine ecosystems. But networks of marine protected areas (MPAs) offer a means of protecting species, habitats and ecosystems throughout the Arctic.
Bringing a little green to Longyearbyen all year round
Longyearbyen, Svalbard is the world’s northernmost town. Although it’s part of Norway, all 46 nations that have signed the Svalbard treaty have rights there. But Longyearbyen is unique for other reasons. For three months of the year, it has sunshine 24 hours a day—followed by another three months of total darkness in winter, when it is a desolate landscape of fjords, snow and ice.
Protecting the Earth by protecting whales
International Monetary Fund (IMF) researchers estimate that whales are worth $2 million US each to the planet because of their tremendous ability to sequester carbon.