Gathering scientists from around the world in a study under the Arctic Council - the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA) examined the past, current and projected impacts and indicators on the Arctic environment and its peoples. Many signs point to the fact that the Arctic is one of the places of the World where we most clearly can see global warming happening. Scenarios for the future project warming temperatures, thawing permafrost and tundra, reduced sea ice cover and snow. The traditional way of life for indigenous peoples in the Arctic face challenges, while possibilities are increased shipping and easier access to oil and gas development.

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