Global Outlook for Ice and Snow: Chapter 2 - Why are ice and snow important to us?

United Nations Environment Programme (2007)

This report demonstrates how we are affected by ice and snow, whether we live in the northern regions or tropical climates or in between. Ice and snow are important components of the Earth’s climate system and are particularly vulnerable to global warming. Ice and snow are important parts of northerners’ identity and culture, especially for indigenous people, whose cultures have adapted to a world in which ice and snow are not only integral parts of the ecosystem but also support a sustainable way of life. Reduction of ice and snow damages the ecosystems that support these cultures and livelihoods

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