People inside the climate change

The Kapitan Dranitsyn, an icebreaking research vessel operated by Russia’s Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, nears a jagged outcrop in Franz Josef Land. The world’s northernmost island chain, Franz Josef Land is a biodiversity hotspot that was made part of a Russian national park in 2016. As climate change drastically affects sea ice levels in the Arctic, this area is becoming more open to vessel traffic.PHOTOGRAPH BY MARION MCMURDO, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT