Tag Archives: Norwegian Polar Institute

Polar bear ransacks cabins at Kapp Laila; officials tranquilize it and fly it far north


A polar bear that ransacked several cabins at Kapp Laila was tranquilized and flown by helicopter to Nordaustlandet on Friday, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

Grave new world: Global leaders, scientists face era of darkness in Arctic as Trump leads war on enviornment, facts


Drilling for oil in our backyard is good for the environment. Climate change is rich with blessings. Building up rival militaries is essential as we enter a new era of cooperation.

Those aren’t “alternative facts,” as such. Just the alternative way of thinking from politicians, scientists, business leaders and others pondering the future of Svalbard and other Arctic areas during the days immediately surrounding the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump. While his name wasn’t necessarily brought up often during conferences and other events – indeed, the administration’s presence at them was minimal – the aura of uncertainty from the election and other tumultuous events during the past year lingered heavily.

Random weirdness for the week of Jan. 31, 2017


The only thing worse than having somebody try to con us with “alternative facts” is having them succeed. Yup, we gobbled up the fiction in the photo above hook, line and sinker.

A long Sunday drive: Officials chase trio of bears a far distance after they return near Longyearbyen


Update 5 p.m. Sunday: The three polar bears that wandered near Longyearbyen twice during the weekend have been chased far from town by officials, who say they are ceasing active monitoring of the area, but travelers are still being urged to exercise caution and report any sightings.

Original story: A mother polar bear and her two cubs who returned to an area near Longyearbyen on Sunday after being chased away Saturday are being chased even further away by officials using a helicopter and snowmobiles, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

Norwegian Polar Institute reports 2015 was ‘the top year’ for climate research, but not for researchers

It was “the top year” for climate research, but the climate for researchers took some hits.

The Norwegian Polar Institute had one of its highest-profile years ever, due in large part to the six-month Norwegian Young Sea Ice Cruise that began in January of 2015, according to the institute’s annual report for the past year.

Cue the climate change skeptics: Census of Svalbard’s polar bear population shows large increase since 2004


In the spirit of Christmas, some good news about Svalbard’s healthy and growing polar bear population is likely to bring joy to climate change alarmists and denalists alike.

A census at this summer by the Norwegian Polar Institute indicates there are about 975 polar bears in the Norwegian region of the Barents Sea, up from about 685 during the last census in 2004, despite several years with poor sea ice cover during the intervening period.

Fear failure: Terrorist attacks won’t alter regional scientists’ plans for UN climate summit in Paris


Three top officials at the Norwegian Polar Institute scheduled to attend the two-week climate summit in France starting Nov. 30 have no plans to cancel or alter their plans after last week’s terrorist attacks, according to Director Jan-Gunnar Winther.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Sept. 13, 2015


Rain puts cabins, research facility at risk of collapse
A trio of cabins in Longyearbyen and the Gruvebadet building in Ny-Ålesund are facing major structural threats due to heavy rains earlier this month.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Aug. 18, 2015


Russia: We didn’t reject bear census; we need more time
Russia is denying it has rejected granting researchers access to its territory for a joint Russian-Norwegian census of polar bears in the Barents Sea region, instead arguing Russia’s legislature needs sufficient time to evaluate the project.

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


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).