Climate change’s tragic toll: The Arctic, two missing researchers & unsettling questions about a

Early in the morning of April 29, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Resolute Bay, a small Inuit community in the far northern reaches of Canada, received a distress call from Marc Cornelissen and Philip de Roo, a two-person team collecting data in the Arctic.

It was the 23rd day of their expedition, organized through Cornelissen’s Holland-based scientific research organization, Cold Facts. The time was easy to measure, de Roo had joked several days earlier in a voice recording, based on smell alone — neither had washed in as many days. They were only a few days away from their scheduled pickup, on May 4.


Scheherazade Al Arab (CC BY-NC 2.0)