Puhe Säätytalolla 3.2.2015
Ladies and gentlemen, Excellences, Distinguished guests,
I would like to welcome you all to this seminar on Arctic change and its global connections. The short film we saw provides a good introduction to today´s topic.
To date, the vast snow- and ice-covered Artic areas have slowed down global warming. Now, the arctic is warming and changing quickly, resulting in its reduced ability to cool down the planet.
The ongoing Arctic changes are now starting to turn up the heat. Rapidly shrinking ice cover reflects less light and the increasing open waters absorb more heat. At the same time, the melting of permafrost is releasing more methane and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. It is a vicious circle.