Hammerfest & The Snow White Project
Global warming usually suggests images of wild tempests and massive floods, but some countries are trying to tap into what they see as potential benefits of climate change. One of the numerous fascinating places that Stephan Faris visited to collect material for Forecast is Hammerfest in northern Norway. Billing itself as the northernmost city in the world, this small Arctic city has witnessed a recent explosion of growth and tourism thanks to melting ice and the resulting increase of maritime accessibility.
An article in the New York Times in which Faris writes about Greenland's plan to ride global warming to independence.
1st photo shows the town of Hammerfest; the second shows the gas liquification facility on the Norwegian island of Melkøya.
This article was originally published in January 2009, and has been updated for the
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