Why the Arctic Is Important (Florent Domine)

Video Shot in: 2009

Dr. Florent Domine explains that many people do not understand the Arctic. He clarifies that the North Pole is in the Arctic and penguins are not found there, only polar bears. He stresses the importance of the Arctic in regulating the Earth’s temperature and how the melting of the polar ice pack could lead to catastrophic global consequences such as the absorption of solar radiation by the ocean and accelerated warming. He explains that these effects are not well understood and could have serious consequences in the next 10-20 years.