Culture test: The March for Science now has its own ‘alternative facts’ about the northernmost participants

Culture test: The March for Science now has its own ‘alternative facts’ about the northernmost participants

There’s indisputable photographic evidence Bernice Notenboom took part in the March for Science in Longyearbyen on April 22. But the quickly growing “reality” is she took part in the global event’s northernmost march More »

‘No science, no beer!’ More than 100 people emphasize need for reality during Longyearbyen’s participation in the March for Science

‘No science, no beer!’ More than 100 people emphasize need for reality during Longyearbyen’s participation in the March for Science

Zoe Burr acknowledges she’s been living “in a bubble” during her studies of sea birds in Svalbard in recent years, which means she hasn’t heard much talk from skeptics of science – More »

Northernmost noisemakers: Longyearbyen, Ny-Ålesund to participate in global March for Science on April 22

Northernmost noisemakers: Longyearbyen, Ny-Ålesund to participate in global March for Science on April 22

A report just came out saying climate change needs to be a factor when experts determine the risk of avalanches in Longyearbyen. In certain parts of the world they wouldn’t even be allowed More »

Margin of error: NVE evaluation of February avalanche says better data and more caution needed when evaluating risk

Margin of error: NVE evaluation of February avalanche says better data and more caution needed when evaluating risk

Get used to serious storms more frequently and evacuations after them as officials rely a bigger safety margin in determining if there is a risk of avalanches or landslides hitting structures. More »

Barneo, expeditions on high alert after polar bear shot by expedition; leader disputes accusation he failed to report incident

Barneo, expeditions on high alert after polar bear shot by expedition; leader disputes accusation he failed to report incident

The leader of a group that shot and wounded a polar bear during a ski expedition from the Barneo ice camp to the North Pole is being accused of handling the encounter More »

 

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of April 11, 2017

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Spate of accidents, small avalanches causes for caution during sunny and busy Easter Week
Several accidents resulting in injuries and at least two small avalanches have occurred in the past few days as Svalbard enters one of its busiest weeks for outdoor excursions, according to The Governor of Svalbard and other officials.

Mining and/or tourism? Government friend and/or foe? Store Norske’s unpredictable future takes more volatile turns

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The question used to be what options, if any, were possible at Svea since coal mining was shutting down. Now the dilemma is it might be possible to have mining and other new activities already occurring – but government officials who’ve been so supportive in the past might block some or all of those options this time.

Opening the world’s top ‘resort': Barneo welcomes first guests to balmy -30C weather and ice-solid camp conditions

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The opening of this year’s Barneo ice camp went so smoothly it might be called dull. Which for those working at and beginning expeditions from the camp is very exciting indeed.

These go to 89: Local band Advent Bay Poolboys to play first rock concerts at Barneo ice camp during five-day stay

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Some people spend years planning and hundreds of thousands of kroner for expeditions to the top of the world. Thomas Nilsen sent a Facebook message on a whim and got an invite to hang out there free with four of his friends for five days.

Unlike others at the Barneo ice camp at roughly 89 degrees latitude north, they aren’t renowned polar explorers, Earth-shaking scientists or soldiers receiving extreme-weather training. Instead, it’s about putting rock on ice as the local quintet known as the Advent Bay Poolboys is scheduled to perform what are billed as the first-ever rock concerts at the camp.

Soaring suds: Norwegian Air to serve Svalbard Bryggeri beer on international flights; brewery doubling production

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It’s a sobering challenge to get thousands of people buzzed while they’re high every month, but the folks at Svalbard Bryggeri are eager to get hopping to it.

Beer produced by the local brewery will be sold on all Norwegian Air international flights (including those to and from Svalbard) beginning in June, according Andreas Hegerman Riis, co-founded and brewmaster of the facility.

Starting with a fresh Pole: Bareno sets up 16th annual camp; logistics remain in Longyearbyen

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As of now it’s all about cooperation, confidence, hope and inspiration. So their adventures will be reported as such, until it isn’t.

A series of upbeat reports during the past several days announced the 16th annual Barneo ice camp has been successfully established at 89 degrees 24 minutes north latitude and is scheduled to operate from April 4 to 26.

Snow barrier: Evacuation of homes in avalanche area upheld until summer; access to retrieve items cut back to once a week

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For the past month people have generally been allowed into their evacuated homes for a few hours a day to collect belongings except for a few rare days when storms heightened the avalanche threat. Those days are over at least until the snow is gone.

Royal residency: Queen Sonja – and printing press from her foundation – part of Artica Svalbard’s artists’ residency debut

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After a few years of sometimes controversial efforts to generate buzz about a local artists’ residency program, it appears the “local” and “buzz” are ready to debut with full force.

Norway’s Queen Sonja will be among those presiding over the four-day opening of Artica Svalbard, with activities that will highlight works by local artists old and young – and give those aspiring to be the latter a “magic” opportunity.

Avoiding deep doo-doo: Trappers Trail sleddog race makes last-second course change due to…wait for it…avalanche threats

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Given how much of Longyearbyen has gone to the dogs due to recent avalanches, it seems only fitting the risk of more disrupted the weekend plans of the canines themselves.

Different strokes: Once a Soviet scientist, artist sharing a life of lessons by blending her colors with Svalbard’s waters

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Anna Mikhailova was born during the last days of the Soviet Union and baptized in science.