"If you protect the Arctic you save the world, and that connectivity has to be understood by the rest of the world"
Chair - Inuit Circumpolar Conference
"The Arctic cools the rest of the world...What happens in the Arctic is extremely important to the rest of the world."
Prof. Terry Callaghan
Abisko Scientific Research Station - Sweden
"We are talking basically 4-10 degree (Fahrenheit) increase over basically the next century ... Some 143 Native Arctic villages are going to have to be moved over the next 10 or 20 years, because the ice will no longer be there to protect the shores"
Dr. Robert Corell
Chair - ACIA
"The change over the last 50 years are attributable to human activities [burning of fossil fuels]."
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Impacts of Climate Change
"The Arctic is now experiencing some of the most rapid and severe climate change on earth. Over the next 100 years, climate change is expected to accelerate, contributing to major physical, ecological, social and economic changes, many of which have already begun. Changes in Arctic climate will also affect the rest of the world through increased global warming and rising sea levels." Arctic Climate Impact Assesement (2005)
ACIA is an international project of the Arctic Council (ministers of the 8 Arctic Countries Canada, Denmark-Greenland, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the United States of America) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), which facilitates international cooperation in all aspects of arctic research. About 300 experts worked for 4 years to produce their findings which were presented in a large technical report published in 2005.
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Watch the movie to see the 10 key findings from the Arctic Climate Impacts Assessment (ACIA) report in 2005.
Ten key findings were made in the report about the nature of climate change, its consequences for the rest of the world, and its consequences for the vegetation, animals, , sea ice, permanently frozen ground (permafrost), and indigenous Arctic communities including people living in vulnerable Arctic coastal areas.
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