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The Polar Regions continue to send us signals on impacts from climate change and how the environment is responding to
those changes. Issues concerning ice and snow are increasingly making the headlines as we realize the importance of ice to the
planet and its ecosystems.

Increased commercial pressures on the Polar Regions bring with them increased threats to ecosystems and, in the Arctic, increased challenges for the sustainability of local economies and ways of life.

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