Climate Change Ground Zero: Melting Permafrost Imperils Arctic Residents

The Arctic is warming faster than any other region on the planet, and dangers lurk in its frozen soil. Nowhere are the effects of global warming more evident than in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard.

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