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The current pace of global change has already had a decisive impact on the Arctic. To understand the current and likely future situation in the Arctic it is important to acknowledge the pre-conditions, challenges and tendencies at work here. Some of these developments should be characterised as megatrends because they overarch and impact on everything else. They are trends deemed so powerful that they have the potential to transform society across social categories and at all levels, from individuals and local-level players to global structures, and eventually to change our ways of living and thinking.




One of the most striking global phenomena seen over the last decade has been the swiftness with which changes penetrate the Arctic. The winds of change are blowing in this part of the world and the Arctic is moving from a rather isolated to an accessible geopolitically central part of the world – and in a far more positive way than during the Cold War. The future of the Arctic will be radically different to the reality we know today.


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