A “meteorological hammer” drops on the USA

Europe is already in the wrath of an Arctic blast, but a "meteorological hammer" is about to drop on the USA as well, gripping all but the westernmost regions in days or weeks of below-normal temperatures, supercell... READ MORE

Record temperatures in northern Alaska

The most northern town in Alaska, Utqiaġvik (71°N) reached 40°F/4.5°C on Monday, more than 37°F above the average high temperature for this time of year. Monday's temperature not only surpassed the previous... READ MORE

Temperatures in Europe have increased at more than twice the global average

Temperatures in Europe have increased at more than twice the global average over the past 30 years – the highest of any continent in the world. This includes the Arctic which is the fastest warming region on Earth.... READ MORE

Devastating floods in Nigeria claim over 600 lives

Intense floods like those inundating Nigeria in recent weeks are expected to become more frequent as the globe continues to warm under a thickening blanket of greenhouse gases.... READ MORE

Greenland 8°C warmer in September

In what would be the start to a series of anomalous temperature spikes in the autumnal shoulder season, the temperature at Greenland's highest point was above freezing on Sept 3--the first time ever recorded in... READ MORE

COUNTDOWN

CO2 Budget Depletion

GLOBAL
CLIMATE
RISK.

The Arctic early-warning system is flashing red. Extreme Arctic warming is triggering a cascade of risks across the rest of the planet. Explore the Arctic Risk Platform to find out what the Arctic climate crisis means for you.

EXTREME WEATHER
Arctic warming is related to an increase in extreme weather events around the world. From wildfires, flooding and drought to extreme heatwaves and hurricanes.
FOOD INSECURITY
The world is already bracing for a food crisis following the war in Ukraine – one of the bread baskets of the world. Arctic warming adds another layer on top of these threats to food security.
WATER INSECURITY
The risk multiplier effect of the Arctic means that climate change is already disrupting weather patterns, leading to extreme weather events, unpredictable water availability, exacerbating water scarcity and contaminating water supplies. Such impacts can drastically affect the quantity and quality of water that we need to survive.
EXTREME HEAT STRESS
Hot, humid conditions contribute to heat stress, heat-related deaths and loss of productivity. Heat can fuel drought, dry and hot conditions. The rapid decrease of the albedo effect associated with the Arctic will result in rising global temperatures creating a warmer and hotter climate.
SEA LEVEL RISE
Nearly 600 million people live in coastal zones worldwide. If sea levels rise, they will be increasingly vulnerable to dislocation from these areas which generate approximately US$1 trillion of global wealth.

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265 1970s
more events in 2022 in comparison to 1970s
Worldwide number of disasters
1053999 km²
below 1981-2010 average on 24-Jan-2023
Arctic Sea Ice Extent

ARCTIC RISK INDICATORS

The following gauges show up-to-date data regarding key indicators in the Arctic. These indicators clearly point to the crisis at hand.

The Arctic (66°N+) Surface Temperature
10 % days
in 2023 are above 90th percentile of 1981-2010
2 days
in 2023 are above 90th percentile of 1981-2010
Worldwide number of disasters
265 disasters
more events in 2022 in comparison to 1970s
183 disasters
more events in 2022 in comparison to 1980s
100 disasters
more events in 2022 in comparison to 1990s
Arctic Sea Ice Extent
1,053,999 km²
below 1981-2010 average on 24-Jan-2023
406,949 mi²
below 1981-2010 average on 24-Jan-2023
Arctic Wildfire emissions
-0.00 megatonnes CO₂e
CO₂e emissions in 2023 so far
Greenland rate of ice loss
4.5 hundred thousands l/s
on average in 1986-2015
4.5 tons per second
on average in 1986-2015
Arctic Air Quality (PM2.5)
1.71 microgram per cubic meter
on 25-Jan-2023