The warming of the Arctic could
mean more circumpolar
transportation and access for
the rest of the world—but also
an increased likelihood of
overexploited natural
resources and surges of
environmental refugees.
The Arctic is undergoing an
extraordinary transformation early
in the twenty-first century—a transformation that will have global impacts. Temperatures in the Arctic are
rising at unprecedented rates and
are likely to continue increasing
throughout the century.
Significant environmental changes
in the region include retreating sea
ice, melting glaciers, thawing permafrost, increasing coastal erosion, and
shifting vegetation zones. The Arctic
Ocean could even be temporarily
ice-free during summer 2040, predicts one recent study

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The Futurist, World Future Society

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