A two-year international effort to improve predictions of weather, climate and ice conditions in the Earth’s Polar Regions has been launched by the UN weather agency, WMO.
The “Year of Polar Prediction” will take place between mid-2017 and end mid-2019, in both the Arctic and Antarctica.
The effects of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, a lead cause of global warming, are felt more intensely in the two regions more than anywhere else, WMO said.
The melting glaciers and shrinking ice are also leading to increased human activities in the areas, such as tourism, transport and fishing.
Paolo Ruti, chief of WMO’s Weather Research Programme, starts by explaining to Daniel Johnson in Geneva, how these changes in the Polar Regions are impacting the rest of the world.