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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.



Renewable energy and the Green Economy

Continued energy consumption based on non-renewable carbon and hydrocarbon sources is generally understood to be responsible for some of the major changes in the Arctic’s natural makeup. Compared to the generation of CO2 from the industrialised and industrialising countries the output of CO2 from the Arctic may seem to be insignificant. On the other hand, the Arctic is one of the regions in the world most influenced by the adverse effects of global CO2 emissions.


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