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World’s northernmost coal power plant shuts down

Longyearbyen at Svalbard switches from coal to diesel and halves the emission of CO2.
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The melting glaciers of Svalbard offer an ominous glimpse of more warming to come

New research reveals what one scientist called a “very stark image of climate change” as methane leaks from springs exposed by the glaciers’ retreat.

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Svalbard: the Arctic islands where we can see the future of global heating

The Norwegian archipelago is warming six times faster than the global average, with potentially disastrous results, especially for species such as the polar bear.

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Climate change thaws world's northernmost research station

At the world's northernmost year-round research station, scientists are racing to understand how the fastest-warming place on Earth is changing – and what those changes may mean for the planet's future.
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Thawing permafrost may release industrial pollutants at Arctic sites

There are thousands of contaminated sites in the Arctic, and as permafrost thaws, increased pollutants from these areas could be released, says a recent study.
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See what a year looks like in Svalbard, Norway, the fastest-warming place on Earth

Melting fjords, increasing avalanches, imperiled wildlife. Our photographer documented the effects of climate change through all four seasons in Svalbard, Norway.
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Svalbard reindeer thrive as they shift diet towards ‘popsicle-like’ grasses

As the Arctic warms, concern for the plight of Santa’s favourite sleigh pullers is mounting. But in one small corner of the far flung north – Svalbard – Rudolph and his friends are thriving.