Lloyd Pikok / Arctic Council Secretariat Life in one of the fastest-warming places on Earth 10 May 2021ClimateArctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme A dive into the societal impacts of Arctic warming, written by Glaciologist Dr. Heïdi Sevestre. For the past 30 years, the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) has been taking the pulse of an Arctic environment severely affected by man-made climate change. Through four climate assessments, and a fifth one released in 2021, AMAP has clearly painted the picture of one of the fastest-warming inhabited regions on Earth. And the numbers speak for themselves: trillions of tonnes of ice lost by the Greenland Ice Sheet in two decades, permafrost thawing deeper every year, millions of square kilometres of sea ice lost into a warming Arctic Ocean in 40 years. Sometimes numbers can be so astronomical that they make us forget what they actually mean on the ground. The changes taking place in the region are climatic but also health-related, cultural and economic. Let us dive into the societal impacts of Arctic warming.