Declining arctic sea ice is a component of enhanced climate change, impacting the lives of people. Increasing severe weather events are being observed across the globe: heat waves, droughts, wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods.
As global climates shift, new diseases will reach areas they were previously unable to. This is especially true for vector-borne diseases that are transmitted by organisms. Although every person on Earth will be affected by the arctic sea ice melting; northern communities living in the arctic are the first to experience the effects.