Nowhere has experienced global warming like Svalbard, midway between Norway and the North Pole. Readings by a joint Franco-German research team show average temperatures have risen by 1.6 degrees in just ten years!
Temperatures in Ny Ålesund, a village on the island of Spitsbergen, are rising 15 times faster than elsewhere in ther world. Scientists from the AWIPEV polar station are monitoring the rapid changes - and keeping an eye out for dangerous polar bears. When Marion Maturilli trudges through the slush to get to her meteorological measuring instruments, station manager Piotr Kupiszewski goes with her, armed with a rifle to protect in case they meet one. Rain in January and melting snow in early May are just the latest indications of global warming that are even surprising the scientists themselves.