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Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Declared

The National Snow and Ice Data Center has just announced that the 2023 minimum Arctic sea ice extent occurred on 19 September and is the 6th lowest on record.... READ MORE

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Polar Tipping Points Hub in WEF Global Collaboration Village

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The World Economic Forum (WEF) launched the Polar Tipping Points Hub, a groundbreaking virtual reality experience in collaboration with Accenture and Microsoft, yesterday at UN Climate Week in New York... READ MORE


CO2 Budget Depletion




The Arctic is an indicator of climate stability. Today, science shows that the Arctic is in crisis, with all indicators on land, sea, and air showing rapid decline. There is about 40% less sea ice now than there was in the 1980s. This loss of Arctic sea ice, together with snow reductions, will exacerbate global warming by 25 – 40%. Greenland’s melting glaciers alone hold the capacity for 7.4m of sea level rise, which would cause worldwide devastation


Responsible for slowing down weather patterns, Arctic warming is directly linked to more intense summer heatwaves and drought, such as the 2022 heatwaves across the majority of the Northern Hemisphere. It is also increasing the risk to food supply chains by changing global precipitation. 


The Arctic is a barometer of global risks, thus taking actions to protect the Arctic is in the best interest of human and ecological well being. In 2021, the Arctic Council made a joint declaration on the importance of immediately addressing climate change in the Arctic. 

The eight Arctic countries are responsible for over one-fifth of the world’s carbon footprint (WWF, 2019). Iceland is making good strides for climate action and has the world’s highest share of renewable energy at approximately 85 percent of its energy supply. In 2022, Finland declared “the world’s most ambitious climate target” as the Finnish government stated its goal to reach net zero by 2035 and net negative only five years later (Ministry of the Environment, 2022). 


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

Greenland rate of ice loss
13 million l/s
on average
13 million tonnes/s
on average
Arctic Sea Ice Extent
2,404,499 km²
below 1981-2010 average on 01-Oct-2023
928,377 mi²
below 1981-2010 average on 01-Oct-2023
Arctic Amplification
4 times
faster than global average
Arctic 66N+ Wildfire emissions
24,925.36 megatonnes CO₂e
CO₂e emissions in 2023 so far
Arctic Air Quality (PM2.5)
4.07 microgram per cubic meter
on 02-Oct-2023
Global mean Sea Level
since 1993