Tropical Singapore is poles apart from the Arctic in distance and climate. But the icy realms of the world could affect the tropics in far more ways than many think, said scientists at a conference on arctic issues in Tromso, Norway, last month.
As the world warms, melting ice is causing sea levels to rise. Ice loss is also causing the planet to absorb more of the sun's heat, as a result of the disappearance of its icy reflective "shield". These point to the vulnerability of the region and the implications that the changes would have on the world.