Category Archives: Polar regions

A bear of a census: first count of polar bears in 11 years underway despite difficulties

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For those who consider census takers invasive because they ask all that personal stuff, at least they don’t shoot you with tranquilizers and implant transmitters (unless the tinfoil-hat brigade is smarter than we all realized).

Yet another Pole dance: Russia submits new claim saying it owns North Pole to U.N.

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It could be called a fight for the northernmost chunk of ice in the world, except by the time it’s decided the water might be warm enough to go swimming.

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.

Editorial: Norway’s Russian-like tyranny threatens to crush one of Svalbard’s best news sources

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Remember the furor about the Russian deputy PM’s visit (you should since we and lots of other media are still fixated on it)? BarentsObserver made it happen by breaking the story – and now government officials in Norway are stripping the publication of its right to publish without censorship.

Nothing to see here: 10,000-year-old ice shelf likely to vanish in a few years; climate skeptics shrug

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Since they’re trying to stop rising sea levels by prohibiting people from talking about why it’s happening, it’s not like the addition of yet another massive soon-to-be-melted chunk of ice is going to be of concern.

This time the skeptics are dissing a team of researchers, including one from The University Centre in Svalbard, who have determined the 10,000-year-old Larsen B Ice Shelf is likely to completely collapse by 2020.

No drone zone: AECO bans cruise passengers from bringing devices due to risk of disturbance and loss

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Drones in Svalbard may open a world of future possibilities in the eyes of some very smart people, but another group doesn’t want to risk the negative possibilities if aircraft are in the hands of clueless tourists.

Who’s more evil? Russia steps up turf war, says Norway’s new oil drilling sites near Bjørnøya violate Svalbard Treaty

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Norway, while getting huffy about a Russian politician’s visit violating the spirit of the Svalbard Treaty, was the guilty party breaking it by opening three new drilling areas near the archipelago, according to a protest filed by Russia.

End of ‘the deep peace’: Russia’s actions in Ukraine means Norway must revamp military, report states

Just days after a top Russian leader added to his provocation of Norway by comparing Svalbard to Crimea, Norway is doing its own raising of the stakes by saying a military overhaul is necessary to prevent such an intrusion.

Bye-bye Barneo: Russia replaces North Pole ice camp with separate science, military sites

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They’ve hosted barbers, figure skaters, marathon runners and thousands of others seeking unique thrills at the top of the world, but Russia is making it more clear than ever this year their North Pole ambitions go way beyond fun and games.

Russia’s annex-the-Ukraine guy will take on the Arctic

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“Shiver, bourgeois! You’re done with!”