Climate change likely to threaten Europe’s northernmost communities, report finds
The “rapid and pronounced warming” of the Arctic is already wreaking havoc on the world’s northernmost communities -- including those in Europe -- a report has found.
2021 was the seventh-warmest year on record in the Arctic, while October to December 2020 was the warmest autumn on record dating back to 1900, according to the report.
The trends in Europe are troubling.
One chapter explained in 2017, a tsunami that killed four people in Greenland was likely caused by a glacier retreating that exposed a steep slope of rock.
“That’s why we’re talking about these cascading effects,” Dr Hanne Christiansen, a co-author of the section discussing threats posed by melting glaciers and thawing permafrost, told Euronews.
Its 2,100 inhabitants live side-by-side with polar bears.
However, she added that the archipelago’s maritime setting makes the region prone to bigger swings in climate than a settlement located on a continent.
“The rain on the snow creates layering in the snow, and the reindeer have a problem getting through, and they can’t find food,” Tjernström said.