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Longyearbyen endures four months of perpetual darkness during the winter.

The world’s ‘doomsday seed vault’ is built to store every crop on the planet, but the icy area that protects it is at risk

An Arctic town is home to the doomsday seed vault, which stores every seed on the planet. But rising temperatures are putting the vault at risk.
Greenland's ice is melting four times faster now than it was 16 years ago.

A devastating Arctic temperature rise that could submerge coastal cities and trigger species extinction is now locked in

Even if the world met its most ambitious climate change goals, winter temperatures in the Arctic will still rise 9 degrees Fahrenheit by 2050.

A Russian supersonic heavy bomber crashed in the Arctic, killing most of the crew

A Russian Tupolev Tu-22M3 bomber crash-landed in the Arctic Tuesday after a training flight. At least three of the four crew members are dead.
The small town of Longyearbyen among snow-capped mountains of the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard.

Man arrested after first-ever bank robbery hit the closest town to the North Pole

Polar bears outnumber the 2,600 residents on Svalbard, where temperatures can drop as low as -40 Celsius.
A P-8A Poseidon aircraft in Keflavik, Iceland, for anti-submarine warfare training, April 28, 2017.

The US Navy is thinking about sending advanced sub-hunting planes to Alaska to keep a closer eye on Russia and China

The US military's renewed focus on great-power competition has shifted attention back to the Arctic, and the Navy is making moves up there.
Coast Guard cutter Polar Star crew members on the ice about 13 miles from McMurdo Station in Antarctica, January 26, 2018.

The Coast Guard turned down a request for an Arctic exercise out of concern the US’ only heavy icebreaker would break down and Russia would have...

The US' sole polar icebreaker, the Polar Star, is more than 40 years old, and keeping it running requires a lot of work.
U.S. Marine with 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit posts security at Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, Oct. 17, 2018, during Exercise Trident Juncture 18.

This is how US Marines will take the fight to Russia in the Arctic

About 90 US Marines landed in Iceland for a mock air assault and cold-weather training before they head to Norway to begin the large-scale NATO war games known as Trident Juncture 2018.
Verseux holding a frozen bowl of spaghetti, with a fork frozen in mid-air.

Mind-blowing pictures show what it’s like to cook outside in one of the coldest places on Earth

At Antarctica's Concordia Station, it's cold enough to freeze spaghetti in mid-air. Two researchers took their food outside to demonstrate just how extreme conditions there are — and the results are mind-boggling.

The world’s largest shipping company is trialing an Arctic route — and it’s a worrying sign for the future of the planet

A Danish ship has left the Russian port of Vladivostok to become the first commercial container vessel to tackle an Arctic route along Russia’s north coast as it trials a journey made easier by global warming.