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

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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

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ARCTIC OCEAN ACIDIFYING 4X FASTER

New research found that rapid melting of sea ice means the Arctic Ocean is particularly vulnerable to acidification.... READ MORE

HURRICANE IAN MAKES LANDFALL IN FLORIDA

Having already knocked out power throughout Cuba, Hurricane Ian is crashing into the western coast of Florida with its disastrous extreme trifecta of storm surges reaching 18 feet, torrential rains unleashing up to 24... READ MORE

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“What happens in the Arctic affects the entire planet. Whether it is melting sea ice or disintegrating permafrost, it reverberates around the Earth System, adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, increasing the absorption of sunlight, and disrupting ocean circulation systems. The Arctic is truly the canary in the planetary coalmine.

 

Prof. Will Steffen
Emeritus Professor, Australian National University, Canberra

“The dramatic changes observed in the Arctic area serious foreshadowing of what to expect globally.”

Prof. Jan-Gunnar Winther
Chair of the GRID-Arendal board and Director of the Norwegian Polar Institute

We are now beyond calling for awareness and action. Implementable solutions rooted in concrete decipherable data are key to enable policies that make sense for the public and private sector. Arctic Basecamp’s Arctic Risk Platform brings what is happening in the Arctic into tangible and relatable terms. This allows for the understanding of climate risk for policy makers, businesses, and the public alike to enable proper decision making towards positive climate action.”

Nigel Topping
UN High Level Global Action Champion for COP26

“What the science tells us — the only conclusion that we can reach from that is urgency, urgency, urgency.

Christiana Figueres
Executive Secretary UNFCCC 2010-2016

“The activities of Arctic Basecamp are instrumental in raising awareness of the climate crisis among decision-makers at all levels of government and business. While a small fraction of the global population lives in the Arctic, the dramatic changes underway there affect everyone on Earth to varying degrees, most notably through sea-level rise and extreme weather. Arctic Basecamp is sounding the alarm by putting past and future changes into currencies that decision-makers understand: economic impacts, infrastructure vulnerabilities, and human suffering.”

Dr. Jennifer Francis
Senior Scientist and Acting Deputy Director, Woodwell Climate Research Center

“The Arctic is one of the key systems of our planet. The Arctic is in trouble. It will influence weather events around the world. It makes all of our lives more unpredictable. We need action.”

Christiana Figueres
Executive Secretary UNFCCC 2010-2016

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 (80°N+) Surface Temperature
12 % days
in 2022 are above 90th percentile of 1981-2010
39 days
in 2022 are above 90th percentile of 1981-2010
Worldwide number of disasters
334 disasters
more events in 2021 in comparison to 1970s
252 disasters
more events in 2021 in comparison to 1980s
169 disasters
more events in 2021 in comparison to 1990s
Arctic Sea Ice Extent
1.9 Million km²
below 1981-2010 average on 24-Oct-2022
0.72 Million mi²
below 1981-2010 average on 24-Oct-2022
Arctic Wildfire emissions
12.32 megatonnes CO₂e
CO₂e emissions in 2022 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)
1.38 microgram per cubic meter
on 25-Nov-2022