Go USA…but go away China? Opposing reactions to two large-scale foreign investments in Svalbard

Go USA…but go away China? Opposing reactions to two large-scale foreign investments in Svalbard

They’re both huge potential investments in Svalbard by foreign entities. One is being hailed as a key element of Longyearbyen’s post-mining future. The other is seen as undesirable and a possible threat. More »

Barely getting our feet wet: Sea level to rise ‘only’ 17mm if Svalbard’s glaciers melt

Barely getting our feet wet: Sea level to rise ‘only’ 17mm if Svalbard’s glaciers melt

Svalbard’s glaciers aren’t going to completely vanish anytime soon and even if they did the impact seems pretty small compared to the apocalyptic predictions of what may be already happening due to More »

Video: Definitely not the summer’s hottest movie…

Video: Definitely not the summer’s hottest movie…

…But it’s still got babes in bikinis, big guns, death-defying stunts and an ironic twist as soldiers, scientists, royalty and humble citizens (with lots of money) converge at the Barneo ice camp More »

Random weirdness for the week of June 30, 2015

Random weirdness for the week of June 30, 2015

It’s probably not obvious to the untrained human eye, but that massive wrinkled lump to the right is one of the sexiest sea creatures on the planet – what would happen if More »

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of June 30, 2015

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of June 30, 2015

LNSS taking over transport of coal from Mine 7 in Sept.  LNS Spitsbergen will take over the transport of coal from Mine 7 to Longyearbyen’s power plant and the coal pier at More »

 

Go USA…but go away China? Opposing reactions to two large-scale foreign investments in Svalbard

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They’re both huge potential investments in Svalbard by foreign entities. One is being hailed as a key element of Longyearbyen’s post-mining future. The other is seen as undesirable and a possible threat.

Barely getting our feet wet: Sea level to rise ‘only’ 17mm if Svalbard’s glaciers melt

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Svalbard’s glaciers aren’t going to completely vanish anytime soon and even if they did the impact seems pretty small compared to the apocalyptic predictions of what may be already happening due to melting in Antarctica.

Video: Definitely not the summer’s hottest movie…

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…But it’s still got babes in bikinis, big guns, death-defying stunts and an ironic twist as soldiers, scientists, royalty and humble citizens (with lots of money) converge at the Barneo ice camp at 89 degrees latitude north this spring in “Arctic United,” a documentary by the Russian TV network RT that is free to view or download.

Random weirdness for the week of June 30, 2015

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It’s probably not obvious to the untrained human eye, but that massive wrinkled lump to the right is one of the sexiest sea creatures on the planet – what would happen if you combined Lara Croft, Pamela Anderson and eight others of their protuberance (or their male appendage equivalents).

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of June 30, 2015

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LNSS taking over transport of coal from Mine 7 in Sept. 
LNS Spitsbergen will take over the transport of coal from Mine 7 to Longyearbyen’s power plant and the coal pier at Hotellneset as of Sept. 1 under contract signed Tuesday with Store Norske.

Svalbard’s glaucous gull population drops sharply; scientists seek higher Red List status for species

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It might seeem hard to believe with thousands of them breeding in colonies throughout Svalbard, but one of the area’s most important seabird species needs to be officially listed as threatened due to decades of population decline that is accelerating at an alarming rate, according to researchers.

33,000 Russian troops rehearsed ‘the speedy seizure of northern Norway,’ other parts of Scandinavia this spring

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Shortly before Dmitry Rogozin was thumbing his nose at Norway by visiting Svalbard and hundreds of Russian soldiers were training on the ice north of the archipelago, a far more massive invasion of the area south of here was being practiced.

Cracking down: Lance ends six-month expedition on thin ice as scientists save gear while floe shatters

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They spent their final days working feverishly on rapidly vanishing sea ice that threatened to break up and swallow their equipment. But Amelie Meyer said the challenge was nothing like the extreme conditions during the project’s first days nearly six months ago.

‘The threat of annihilation': Svalbard Church priest returns to West Bank to try to save village from demolision

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Inside the home, “considered to be more of a big tent,” there’s a “happy reunion” with a family celebrating the post-fast Iftar meal during Ramadan. Outside, soldiers are awaiting orders to destroy the village, which those inside the tent believe may happen the next day.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of June 23, 2015

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Time again for Svalbard’s most intoxicating contest
The official arrival of summer means it’s time to deal with the season’s really big question: when will the “stem” of the enormous champaign glass on Operafjellet break?