The Arctic Evidence of Climate Change

The Arctic Evidence of Climate Change

Elena Doms

15 years: Climate Advisor and Advocate

This video focuses on climate change's impacts on the Arctic and the planet. Elena shares her experiences growing up in the Arctic as well as the changes it is experiencing because of climate change. She finishes by discussing the real-world impacts this is having on local communities in the Arctic.

This video focuses on climate change's impacts on the Arctic and the planet. Elena shares her experiences growing up in the Arctic as well as the changes it is experiencing because of climate change. She finishes by discussing the real-world impacts this is having on local communities in the Arctic.

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The Arctic Evidence of Climate Change

10 mins 38 secs

Overview

Today, the Arctic region is warming four times faster than the rest of the planet, causing environmental degradation, climate change, and biodiversity loss. Warmer winters and shifting climate patterns have affected Arctic communities, with ice roads opening later and increased isolation. Ice drift now occurs earlier, increasing the risk of flooding. Arctic summers have become hotter and drier, affecting agriculture and increasing the likelihood of forest fires, potentially turning the carbon-storing boreal forests into carbon emitters.

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the fact that the Arctic is warming faster than the rest of the planet

  • Outline the real-world impacts of a warming Arctic

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Summary

How is climate change impacting the Arctic?

The Arctic is warming four times faster than the rest of the planet. Arctic winters, once extremely cold, are now experiencing warmer temperatures due to climate change. Years ago the temperature could easily reach -30℃ or more and stay low for weeks. Now the average temperature in December is around -10℃. 

What are the real-world impacts of a warming Arctic?

The rapid warming has consequences for Arctic communities. The warmer temperatures have delayed the formation of ice roads, leaving communities isolated for longer periods, impacting access to food and healthcare. 

Climate change also causes ice drifts to occur earlier, leading to increased flood risks in some villages. Summers are now hotter and drier, causing droughts and challenging agriculture in the region. 

Boreal forests, the largest land-based carbon sink, face an increased risk of forest fires, which could potentially turn them from carbon storers to carbon emitters, further accelerating global warming.

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Elena Doms

Elena Doms

Elena Doms was born and raised in the Arctic and is passionate about Sustainability. She is trained in finance, energy and climate and focuses on driving sustainable transition in business and educating people on climate action. She has led an NGO, worked on digital transformation and sustainability at Mastercard and advanced ESG consulting in the financial sector. She is also advising and scaling startups and sharing inspiration through speaking at international events, interviewing experts and publishing on LinkedIn. She believes we can restore nature through love and paints the Arctic to show the world how beautiful and fragile it is and to share her stories that would inspire climate action and protect her home and yours.

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