Life in the fastest warming place on earth

Svalbard

A glimpse in our future

Since 1971, temperatures in the world’s northernmost town, temperatures have risen by 4C since 1971, devastating homes, wildlife and even the cemetery,  Svalbard‘ temperature is rising five times faster than the global average. Nowhere on the planet is heating faster. In the winter, when the changes are more marked, it has gone up by 7C. These are increases that the rest of the world is not expected to experience until the 22nd century. They are far ahead of most computer simulations. On current trends, Svalbard will hit 10C of warming by 2100. Listen to the Guardian Podcast of a recent visit to Svalbard. Listen here.

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