Video: ‘What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic’

This video explains that what happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic. This video addresses how warming Arctic temperatures may be affecting weather across the U.S. and Canada.

A six-minute “explainer” video produced by the Aspen Global Change Institute provides a highly accessible description of the impacts of rapidly warming Arctic surface temperatures and resulting weather patterns far beyond. The video’s creative approach to science communication provides a useful approach to informing a broad audience about climate change-related issues.

Using time-lapse film and watercolor illustrations to enhance its narration, the video explains that the average surface temperature in the Arctic is warming more than twice as fast as the globe as a whole (see here and here). Scientists familiar with Arctic melting suggest that there may be nearly no sea ice in the Arctic during summer months by the late 2030s: Within the next two decades, the North Pole may completely transform into open ocean for parts of the year.

The video – freely available and the product of a 2017 week-long workshop on “Understanding the Causes and Consequences of Polar Amplification” – describes how the impacts of global changes such as Arctic warming and sea ice loss are not limited to the Arctic. It points to “teleconnections” in explaining that fluctuations in one area of the Earth can affect other areas far away.

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