Changes in the global climate are seen nowhere as clearly as in the Arctic. Warming in the Arctic has resulted in reduced extent and volume of sea ice, both seasonally and year-round. On the one hand, these changes have opened up habitat to subarctic species on all levels of the food chain from plankton to whales, and these species are migrating seasonally northwards. For Arctic species, however, particularly those that rely on sea ice for foraging (polar bears, walrus), resting (walrus, ice seals, polar bears) or giving birth (walrus and ice seals) the decrease in sea ice has the potential to negatively impact the survival of these species.
Learn more about the future of the Arctic in this video with Kate Stafford and other Arctic researchers and explorers.
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