The Arctic is unraveling. Since the mid-1960s, the annual mean surface temperature over Arctic land areas has increased by more than two degrees Celsius, almost twice the global average rate of change and the environmental “tipping point” for international climate change negotiations.
Severe climate change impacts from this Arctic amplification not only foreshadow the severity of impacts to come in other parts of the world, but they also directly affect lower latitudes in a number of ways today. As the Greenland ice sheet melts, sea level rises along the east coast of the United States.
This paper provides a few targeted and practical actions for number of players to take in the Arctic that will affect global climate change in the short term and buy time for decision makers to develop and implement longer-term solutions.