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Climate Vulnerability is used to describe economies and ecosystems that are highly vulnerable to warming and the many other complex impacts from climate change. Frequently, the most vulnerable countries are those who have far lower historically-integrated emissions but are the most affected. This disparity is now known as climate injustice.

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Rapid Arctic warming and melt are amplifying existing threats to Arctic communities, as well climate-vulnerable areas around the world.

The Arctic itself is also a climate vulnerable region, affected first and worst by climate change. To find out how rapid Arctic warming is affecting Arctic communities please see our SDG pages where we highlight how each of the SDG issues is experienced in the Arctic.

Here we look at the global risks of Arctic change and present regional case studies (linked below) which highlight major issues affecting some of the most climate vulnerable regions around the world, showing how the influence of a warming Arctic far exceeds its geography.

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How does the Arctic increase Global Risks?

The Arctic has warmed four times faster than the global average since 1979 (Rantananen et al., 2022).

This rate, reaching seven times faster in parts of the Eurasian Arctic, is caused by Arctic amplification. While Arctic amplification is significantly driven by the loss of sea ice and northern hemisphere snow cover, Arctic amplification increases ice sheet melt, accelerating sea level rise, as well as further hastening sea ice and northern hemisphere snow cover losses, contributing to the Arctic wildfire seasons and permafrost thaw. Arctic warming is increasing carbon emissions from fire and permafrost degradation, a process not well captured by global climate models

Want to know more about how Arctic amplification and other Arctic change is intensifying global risks? Explore our Global Risks page.