Polar Points of View

POLAR
INSIGHTS.

Through data-driven risk briefings, blogs, and opinion pieces, Arctic Basecamp’s team of world-renowned scientists and thought leaders explore the critical issues and challenges that drive polar change, highlighting solutions to the global impacts of polar climate change.

World Economic Forum AGENDA CONTRIBUTIONS

The World Economic Forum Agenda series showcases opinion articles, timely analyses and explainers from leaders in business, politics, and cicil society.

Arctic Basecamp has been contributing since 2015 and topics include, the SDGS, Arctic sea ice, Tipping points, frontier risks and much more.

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Beyond Quick Fixes: A Geoengineering Series

As we grapple with the urgent challenge of climate change, technology stands as both our ally and, at times, our most misleading mirage – akin to attempting to shield the planet from warming with an umbrella in the face of the sun, or a corset to hold glaciers in place as the ice sheets melt.

In this series, we asked eminent scholars in polar science to provide their expert opinions. What we find are concerns that are beyond the remit of geoengineering models. There are serious anxieties over uncertainties that could threaten ecosystems, and that societies (or governments and companies) are projecting geoengineering projects as “quick fixes” to avoid the necessary emissions cuts. We also hear about the downplaying of environmental justice, and of ignoring both time scales and the necessity of globally accepted policies without which we could ignite geopolitical conflicts over resources and practices. Critically, these researchers share an underlying fear over the lack of scientists at the decision table.  

Read the series HERE.

Arctic Circle Assembly - Ambassadorial Briefing

Governments, both within and outside the Arctic region, need to incorporate Arctic change into all policies and strategies relating to the global climate crisis, including global and local risks.

The Polar regions, particularly the Arctic, will determine the fate of humanity. What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay there but ramps up societal and economic risks globally through inter alia extreme weather, supply chain disruptions, conflicts over resources, food and water insecurities, economic stresses, wildfires, and disease.

Read our ACA 2023—Ambassadorial Briefing presented at the Arctic Circle Assembly 2023 in Reykjavík, Iceland.

ARCTIC BASECAMP INSIGHT BLOGS: SDGs on Thin Ice

Climate change is taking a heavy toll on the lives and sources of income of people in climate vulnerable countries and regions, with the poorest communities most affected. The underlying connection between Arctic warming and climate vulnerabilities highlights the broader and interconnected challenges these countries face in their journey toward sustainable growth and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Read the full series HERE.

RISK BRIEFING SUMMARY 2022

  • THE DRAMATIC CHANGES IN THE ARCTIC PROVIDE AN EARLY WARNING OF THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY. The latest analysis paints a picture of rapidly unfolding environmental breakdown as a direct result of increases in atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations. In turn, this breakdown fuels further global warming.
  • THE ARCTIC IS IN CRISIS AS ITS ICE DISAPPEARS. Sea ice continues to shrink in area and thickness, the Greenland ice sheet continues to melt and accelerate sea-level rise, and the permafrost continues to thaw, threatening communities, ecosystems and carbon feedbacks.
  • THE ARCTIC BREAKDOWN HAS DIRECT IMPLICATIONS FOR INSTABILITY ACROSS THE REST OF THE WORLD. Sea levels rise as glaciers and ice sheets melt. Arctic warming favors increased extreme weather elsewhere - heatwaves, droughts, storms, and even cold spells.
  • ARCTIC BREAKDOWN ELEVATES RISK FAR BEYOND ITS BORDERS. This adds urgency to implementing near-term mitigation to prevent global temperature rises beyond 1.5°C and reduce the magnitude of rapid Arctic change. The COP26 UNFCCC meeting represents a critical moment for high-level recognition of these risks as well as the plans to mitigate them.

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