The Wider Image: Climate change thaws world's northernmost research station
Ice floes are seen in Kongsfjord, near Ny-Aalesund, Svalbard, Norway, April 6, 2023. Researchers have been studying the polar region for decades, with Ny-Alesund's weather records going back more than 40 years, but as Svalbard temperatures climb up to seven times faster than the global average, scientists' work has become vitally important because what happens in the Arctic can impact global sea levels, storms in North America and Europe, and other factors far beyond the frozen region. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH "NIESNER ICE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.