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German teacher in the Arctic-» I live in the midst of climate change!

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German teacher in the Arctic-» I live in the midst of climate change!

At minus ten degrees, Christian Bruttel only really thaws. Since 2012, former teacher from Black Forest (Baden-Württemberg) lives in 2 500-inhabitants-town of Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen in Arctic, about 1 300 kilometers from North Pole.

He always has a vision of climate change. Polar bears, in particular, have less habitat due to rising temperatures.

In 2016, Christian Bruttel, toger with his partner Marcel Schütz, made himself self-employed. With ir company Spitsbergen-Reisen, two tourists offer multi-day tours through ice. In addition to ir beauty, y always bring ir customers closer to fragility of Arctic ecosystem.

This polar bear makes it on a plaice pressis GemütlichFoto: Christian Bruttel/Spitsbergen travels climate change progresses
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"It is important to me to give people a respectful approach to nature," he says. With Joy Christian Bruttel goes to schools and tells smallest of his observations. "Through my teaching, I have a lot of friends who teach today. They invite me to tell ir classes about my life in Arctic. "

Bruttel has studied sports, math and technology, 2012 completed his traineeship in Ludwigsburg. He would have been made official, but he wanted to go on a big tour – and remained. At University of Spitsbergen, Christian Bruttel has completed a one-year training as a polar guide.

On a regular basis, he drives his snowmobile out onto glaciers. His Navi provides clear evidence of climate change: "The device has installed a map of 2010. If I'm standing about a hundred meters from Glacier Ridge, I have a kilometer of ice in front of me, according to Navi. This has melted away in last seven years. "

Freshwater Iceberg: Here is a broken piece of glacier in ice pack Photo: Christian Bruttel/Spitsbergen Reisen

Bruttel is discovering new land again and again. This is how peninsulas are emerging as islands after a few years. Last year, Spitsbergen recorded a temperature record: The annual temperature 2016 was about zero degrees, which were almost seven degrees more than normal.

In addition to climatic changes, polar bears still have two or problems to contend with. The pollution of oceans and lucrative business of big game hunting. When sealing poisons such as mercury and lead, store m in fat.

On land polar bear finds little food. For seal hunting He needs photo: Christian Bruttel/Spitsbergen Reisen

"Polar bears love seal fat. So y poison mselves insidiously, "says Bruttel:" For years, meat of animals has been all permissible values. This leads to problems for Inuit. " The largest country predator in world, however, is not only hunted for self-sufficiency. If governments such as Canada and Greenland give Inuit hunting rights, y will be exploited for lucrative business.

"A polar bear hunt costs up to 40 000 euros", says Bruttel, " governments are looking away. Because if Inuit can manage, States concerned do not need to support m financially, simple but perfidious and refore often hushed. "

The polar Fox is perfect GetarntFoto: Christian Bruttel/Spitsbergen travel climate change in numbers

► Since 1750, proportion of polluted surface of oceans has risen by 30 percent

► Since 1890, world temperature has risen by 1.1 degrees

► Sea level has risen by 20 centimeters in last century

► 16 Out of 17 warmest years re have been 2001

► CO2 emission to maximum value of last 800 000 years

► The international community is trying to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius

► Of 2002 and 2006, Antarctica has lost 152 cubic of ice annually. Greenland even up to 250 cubic

► 2012 The Arctic sea ice blanket shrank to an area of about 3.4 million square kilometers, which until now has smallest expansion since beginning of satellite measurements in year 1979

Sources: NASA, Federal Ministry of Environment

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