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.
292 1970s
more events in 2022 in comparison to 1970s
Worldwide number of disasters
1279000 km²
below 1981-2010 average on 11-Jul-2024
Arctic Sea Ice Extent