Svalbard and Syria: Lonely Together


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Extreme temperatures, check. The harsh desert climate, check. One place is an arctic desert in the northernmost part on our planet, the other a hot desert country plagued by a brutal, seemingly unending civil war. Svalbard is a unique lonely place - you cannot be born, die or be buried there. Less than 10% of the place has any vegetation. Outside its capital city, you are more likely to encounter a polar bear rather than a human. However, it has a unique claim to fame, one which rescued a battered and depleted Syria. In the third episode of the series, Alien Landscapes, Utsav takes you to two unlikely places, Svalbard and Syria, and how they have found a unique way in being lonely together. Tune in, and discover an ambitious project, which one day could save all our lives.

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