Posted by Joan Eamer
Each year, the United Nations Environment Programme spotlights two emerging issues in its yearbook. In 2013, one of the feature issues is The View from the Top: Searching for responses to a rapidly changing Arctic.
Emerging issue features are written by author teams assembled by UNEP. For the Arctic feature, I was a team member, developing material for the sections on trends in sea ice, Arctic biota, fisheries and governance issues. The team, led by Dr. Robert Corell, and guided by the chapter’s science writer Fred Pearce, met in Norway in August to produce a first, rough draft. We built on this over the next couple of months and through two rounds of review. Condensing a huge subject and a range of viewpoints into 14 pages was definitely challenging.
The Year Book was released at the opening session of the 2013 UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum. The press release and the Arctic chapter are both available from UNEP.
Here is the summary at the top of the chapter: