The Wider Image: A climate-change frontier in the world's northernmost town
Miner Bent Jakobsen works inside the Gruve 7 mine, the only remaining operational coal mine on Svalbard, Norway, August 7, 2019. Jakobsen has worked in the mine for almost 14 year. He said he grew up in the family of miners. "Longyearbyen was founded because of coal mining, and we are fading out. Coal mining here is a super-long tradition. Around here everything is dependent on the coal miners, so without us, what do we have left? We have tourism. Well, tourism pollutes too," Jakobsen said. "I do hear everything they say about climate change, but I know from the past we have had super-mild winters, especially on Svalbard. It goes in cycles. We need coal for making cars and cellphones and so forth, but that is what people don't think about. We don't have any good substitution yet." REUTERS/Hannah McKay SEARCH "SVALBARD CLIMATE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.