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The average population of Arctic species increased by 16% between 1970 and 2004

however, this is not consistent across biomes, regions, and taxa. (Source: ASTI 2010)


High Arctic species populations have decreased by an average of 26% between 1970 and 2004.

(Source: ASTI 2010)



Of the 21 Northern languages that have gone extinct, 48% of those have disappeared since 1990.

This indicates an increasing rate of language extinction. (Source: ABA 2013)



More than 50% of the world's wetlands are in the Arctic and sub-Arctic

Wetlands are important for carbon storage and water cycling. (Source: ABA 2013)



The ivory gull, a high Arctic species has decreased by 80% (since the 1980s)

on its Canadian range. (Source: ABA 2013)



Polar bears are affected by decreasing sea ice

The global population of polar bears is predicted to decrease by 30% in the next 45 years. (Source: ABA 2013)


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