A short introduction: Arctic Futures: It’s About Climate Change – But Also Much More

Weines, Jørn
Publisert: 05.11.12 00:00 Oppdatert: 03.12.12 10:13

A short introduction: Arctic Futures: It’s About Climate Change – But Also Much More

Gail Fondahl:

Climate change will have significant impact on arctic environments and on Arctic people’s lives. But ask Arctic residents about climate change and many will note that they are more concerned about the rapid socio-economic changes that they face, such as acculturation, urbanization, and economic and cultural globalization.  In this talk I will look at key socio-economic trends in the Arctic, some directly related to climate change, some only tangentially connected or discrete.  I will also consider the growing role of social sciences in Arctic research: in tracking, analyzing and predicting change, and in offering critical evidence-based research on which to base policy recommendations to address such change. I will underscore Canada’s role in such social science research.

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