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.
A retreating glacier in Svalbard, Norway

A retreating glacier in Svalbard, Norway

Foto: Daniel Etter/ DER SPIEGEL
Kim Holmén has been studying polar climates his entire life.

Kim Holmén has been studying polar climates his entire life.

Foto: Daniel Etter/ DER SPIEGEL
Foto: DER SPIEGEL
Mark Sabbatini lost his home in Longyearbyen to a sinkhole.

Mark Sabbatini lost his home in Longyearbyen to a sinkhole.

Foto: Daniel Etter/ DER SPIEGEL