What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic. While the area encompassed by the Arctic Circle covers only 6 percent of Earth’s surface area, no part of the planet is untouched by this unique and rapidly changing region.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will hold Arctic Matters Day, a public event where leading experts will discuss how rapid Arctic climate change affects all of Earth. Presentations, discussions, and interactive exhibits will explore topics like the shrinking polar ice cap; how Arctic plants and animals shape global ecology; and future energy systems.

Earlier this year the Academies published the booklet Arctic Matters: The Global Connection to Changes in the Arctic, and an accompanying interactive web tool. The booklet, web tool, and upcoming symposium are part of the Academies’ Arctic Matters initiative, which coincides with U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council. Read more, including an agenda for Arctic Matters Day here, and follow the conversation at #ArcticMatters.


Arctic Matters Day will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST Thursday, Jan. 14, at the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public with advance registration, and includes lunch. Reporters who wish to attend should register in advance with the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or email news@nas.edu.

Use the “Global connection to changes in the Arctic” interactive tool: Act Now