Research conference on threats to the Arctic and options for saving the region

The conclusions of an ambitious report resulting from five years of hard work – the Arctic Resilience Report – were presented at a conference in Stockholm on the sensitive Arctic region. The meeting was attended by experts, industrialists and politicians, among them Johan Rockström from the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Sweden’s Minister for the Environment, Karolina Skog. From their various points of view, the researchers behind the report have analysed how vulnerable the Arctic is, and how climate change there will not only affect the species, geography and people of the region, but the planet as a whole.

‘We’ve tried to understand the changes occurring in the Arctic in terms of critical tipping points. But we’ve also found factors that underpin resilience, and identified options that will strengthen the region’s capacity to adapt,’ said Sarah Cornell of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, one of the many people involved in producing the report.