More than 15 years after first recognizing that the Arctic “was careening toward a precarious new state,” marine and coastal sciences research professor Jennifer A. Francis summarizes the dramatic changes she and other scientists are seeing around Earth’s North Pole. She also describes the trickle-down effect those changes are having on the rest of the world, from droughts and floods to sea-level rise and altered ecosystems. This article is a must-read for planners, policy makers, industry representatives and anyone who will be affected by the changes and can help mitigate their adverse impacts.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why the Arctic is changing;
- How these changes are disrupting life around the world; and
- What people can do to minimize harm.
About the Author
Jennifer A. Francis is a marine and coastal sciences research professor at Rutgers University. She is an expert on Arctic climate change.