LONYEARBYEN - The Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard is warming six times faster than the global average.Natural disasters are threatening residents, while local government is making efforts to limit the damage.

Hundreds of researchers are rapidly collecting data on melting glaciers, extreme precipitation, disappearing sea ice and endangered flora and fauna.According to the scientists, it is high time for action. But is there still a future for Svalbard? 

During their trip, Arno Van Rensbergen and Johannes De Bruycker stumbled upon a story; the world's most famous polar bear died. They made a report about it:

World's Most Famous Polar Bear Frost died of cardiac arrest after being driven away by local residents. In this report Arno Van Rensbergen and Johannes De Bruycker investigate how the local inhabitants of Svalbard deal with the polar bears, the symbol of climate change, in a rapidly warming environment. 

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Arno Van Rensbergen

Arno Van Rensbergen is a Belgian freelance journalist.

Johannes De Bruycker

Johannes De Bruycker is a Belgian freelance documentary photographer, video maker and founder of The Caravan's Journal.