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 »

 

Random bits of weirdness for the week of March 21, 2017

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Don’t believe those new claims Norway is the happiest country in the world (or the recent study showing Svalbard folks are happier than those on mainland) – according to many informed people living elsewhere we’re simply deluged and deranged for various reasons. And when you see photos like what these folks at Isfjord Radio consider a proper winter wardrobe sanity would seem to be on the side of the skeptics.

Rising tide: 300M for new Longyearbyen harbor – 100M more than originally planned – proposed by Parliament leaders

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Longyearbyen took a big step closer toward a new harbor this week as Parliament and local leaders announced 300 million kroner is being sought for the project in the new National Transportation Plan scheduled for release next month.

Controversial French explorer convicted fined 40K for illegal boat voyage in Svalbard; he says he will appeal

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A French explorer waging a war of accusations against Norway’s government since being detained in northeast Svalbard during a boat trip last fall was convicted Tuesday and ordered to pay 40,000 kroner for violating several environmental and access laws.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of March 21, 2017

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Store Norske hoping to build 21 new housing complexes
Store Norske is hoping to ease Longyearbyen’s sudden housing shortage by building new apartment buildings in Gruvedalen in an accelerated process beginning this spring, according to company officials.

Burning up: Local environmentalists tell Norway’s government not to bring Arctic oil to a firefight

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They were forced to give ground to Mother Nature’s Arctic persona before making their objections heard. Their hope is those targeted by the protests will make similar concessions – or be forced to do so through legal action.

About 20 people gathered around a “warning fire” on the beach at Sjøområdet on Saturday as part of nationwide protest against oil drilling in Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja. The protest occurred two days before Norway’s government proposed opening a record 93 blocks in the Barents Sea to drilling, including  ten in the so-called “Svalbard zone.”

Guess who’s in the house? Workers aren’t sure where they can live after latest avalanches redefines ‘community in transition’

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Eighteen months ago there were scary headlines about Longyearbyen losing 30 percent of its population and panicky questions about who would fill all those empty homes where laid off coal miners recently lived.

Now the panic is how to squeeze a non-declining population into a suddenly alarming shortage of housing being sold and rented at skyrocketing prices.

Doggonit, what’s that plane doing here? Air Force craft lingers in Longyearbyen after bringing dogs for police training

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Yes, that’s a Royal Norwegian Air Force plane that’s been parked at Svalbard Airport since Sunday and, yes, the police are taking a serious interest in the matter – but not because it’s not violating the Svalbard Treaty, according to the governor’s office.

The plane is being used to transport dogs that are receiving police training to and from Svalbard, said Police Chief Lt. Trond Olsen. He said there’s nothing illegal or particularly unusual about the use of the plane.

AVALANCHE UPDATE: Gruvelageret evacuated, Huset closed until at least Sunday due to potential avalanche danger

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The evacuation of Gruvelageret and closing of Huset (except for presold groups at the restaurant Friday) until at least Sunday was ordered Friday afternoon by The Governor of Svalbard due to a storm that dumped several inches of snow and strong winds that are causing sizable drifts.

Random Weirdness for the week of March 7, 2017

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Maybe it’s because things are shaping up as a rerun of last year (devastating avalanche, dozens of people hastily forced to abandon their homes for good, Wiggo’s latest tourism scheme, etc.), but the BBC is bailing on a previously announced second season of “Svalbard; Life on the Edge.”

Breaking dawn: National NRK morning program goes from chilly to hot in Longyearbyen hours before sun returns

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3… 2… 1… ON AIR. It’s 6 a.m. at Svalbard Museum as the streaming of NRK’s “P3Morgen” starts Wednesday, energetically hosted by Ronny Aase, Silje Nordnes and Markus Neby.

At the beginning the cold audience surprises the hosts but, after asking if the locals if they are cold as the permafrost, the ice is broken.