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Kangerlussuaq – Greenland 28-29 august
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Extreme E will head to Russell Glacier in Greenland to raise awareness of the rate at which ice is melting and its consequences for humanity.

Since the 1970s, 35 % of ice at the North Pole has disappeared. Climate change accelerates the ongoing melting of the ice cap, rising sea levels and puts severe pressure on species that inhabit these ecosystems, such as the polar bear and ringed seal.

The increase in global temperature means that 63 % of Greenland's glaciers are in decline. Every tonne of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere causes the disappearance of three square metres of ice in the Arctic during the warmer months.

The Arctic is home to around four million people, including indigenous communities spread across eight countries (Canada, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Greenland and the US)

As well as around 450 types of fish, 280 species of birds and 130 types of mammals including polar bears, narwhals and Arctic foxes.

As well as around 450 types of fish, 280 species of birds and 130 types of mammals including polar bears, narwhals and Arctic foxes.

THE PROBLEM

Global warming is contributing to the Arctic warming at twice the global average, which has accelerated the disappearance of Arctic sea ice.

With less sea ice, fewer of the sun's rays are reflected, leaving the ocean to absorb more energy in the form of heat — further accelerating warming. The International Energy Agency predicts an increase of 2.7°C by 2100 compared with pre-industrial levels. An increase in carbon dioxide concentration to 855 parts per million (more than double the current level) would effectively eliminate the ice mass at the North Pole.

SOLUTIONS

  • With the help of world-leading Arctic expert, Professor Peter Wadhams, Extreme E will support research into protecting Arctic ice. Exploring solutions to slow the melting of ice and its consequences on biodiversity is a vital challenge for ensuring a sustainable future.

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