As Summer Finishes as Warmest on Record, A Postcard From Global Warming’s Ground Zero

The summer of 2015 — the months of June, July and August — was the warmest on record for the globe, according to the latest figures from NASA. And at this point, it’s difficult to imagine a scenario that would prevent the entire year from entering the record books.

This news comes as I’m visiting the high Arctic, which is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, making it ground zero for global warming.

I’m here in Svalbard, a Norwegian Arctic archipelago about 800 miles south o

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