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Video: As you grow older, you start realising that you might never get to see certain cities or visit some places around the world. Like, I'm fairly confident that I'll never visit the Arctic. And, whatever, that's OK, it's too cold up there anyway. But my oh my, is it beautiful. It looks almost unreal — the white of the ice looks completely pristine and the structures just look untouched.

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While working at a remote weather station in the Russian Arctic might sound like a lot of fun, the reality is apparently far grimmer. In addition to the cold, the isolation and the possibility of literally falling off a cliff thanks to climate change, researchers have to deal with unruly locals, like the dozen or so polar bears currently "besieging" scientists on Troynoy Island in Russia's Great Arctic State Nature Reserve.

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So far, 2016 has been a record hot year however you slice it — but the Arctic is on fire. A recently updated graph by the National Snow and Ice Data Center's Andrew Slater shows just how freakishly warm it's been in what is ostensibly one of the coldest regions of our planet.

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A vast region of Greenland is experiencing a freakishly early spring thaw. Summer-like temperatures — a balmy 10C — have created a melt area encompassing 12 per cent of the planet's northernmost ice sheet, according to analysis by the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI). That's not normal.

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Video: It's cold. It's lonely. It's and it's cold. That's what this mere glimpse of life on an Arctic expedition looks like. The visuals are jarring: the ship looks like it's parked on land, the moustaches are frozen, the research looks difficult. But it also must be so beautiful to be in places where so few have gone before.

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Under Greenland's frozen surface is a vast network of channels, crevasses, and basins — its "glacial plumbing system". A few years ago, the water suddenly disappeared from a subglacial lake, which then collapsed into a funny silhouette that NASA likens to a "mitten", but I think looks more like a waving Yeti.