Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) May 12, 2011
Climate change in the Arctic is occurring at a faster and more drastic rate than previously assumed, according to experts attending the AMAP conference in Copenhagen. The latest scientific data show that developments in the Arctic's climate are closely related to developments in the rest of the world.
"The order of the day in the Arctic right now is change. But we shouldn't expect that those changes will be linear in the sense of a little bit each day. We're going to see dramatic changes. If the ice in the Arctic melts it is going to lead to water level problems on a global scale that we all will feel the consequences of," says Associate Dean Katherine Richardson.
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Those studies show a worrying state of affairs for the snow, water, ice and permafrost in the Arctic.
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Danish representative ready for Arctic summit
During the meeting in the Greenlandic capital, it is expected that attendees will discuss the scientific data presented during the AMAP meeting.
In addition to Denmark, other Arctic Council members include Canada, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the US.
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