Bloomberg has created a series of data visualizations and maps illustrating the accelerating rate of ice melt in the Arctic as part of a series of articles examining the political implications of this change. The visualizations show that from 1985 to 2016, the amount of Arctic sea ice that was multiple years old, decreased from 45 percent to 22 percent. The decline in Arctic sea ice increases the amount of navigable waters in the Arctic Circle. This could have substantial economic and military implications for Russia because it has attempted to lay claim to the Arctic as its own territory.
Analyzing the Impact of the Melting Arctic
Joshua New is a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.
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