Tag Archives: Ny-Ålesund

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of March 7, 2017

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Alternative ‘doomsday vault’ to store data on film in Mine 3
Sometime in the future, when the amount of “fake news” has become so large and complex the truth is unclear, one may be able to enter a new type of “doomsday vault’ in Mine 3 and check the facts.”

Under development: Government’s proposed budget for Svalbard in 2017 boosts science and airport security, omits avalanche projects – for now

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New scientific research facilities and a few new officers to boost airport security are in. Avalanche-related construction projects are out – for now, although that might change during the next few weeks.

‘White’ out: Government’s new blueprint for Svalbard does little to alter natural transition into post-mining society

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There’s no magical “big” solution, no major new goals not already stated and – aside from 10 million kroner for infrastructure related to the Dec. 19 avalanche – no new hardcore funding commitments.

The long-awaited revision of the “Svalbard Message” – a “white paper” outlining the Norwegian’s policy goals for the archipelago – largely refers to commitments already made to keep coal mining on life support for the next few years while encouraging an expansion of both the size and diversity of private industries, plus an expansion of education and research activities.

Random weirdness for the week of Jan. 19, 2016

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It’s not as cool as the animated Lego horror show of an oil spill Greenpeace gave us back in 2014, but there’s still something entertaining about figuring out why that guy in the bow of a ship sinking in oil-drenched Arctic waters is having such a great day.

Disintigrating dreams: Two cabins at Bjørndalen in danger after erosion during a single storm; road also at risk

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Plenty of homes in Longyearbyen are suffering everything from cracking to the threat of being wiped out by landslides due to climate- and weather-related events. But three cabins on the outskirts of town and the road leading to them may be an indicator of how quickly destruction can occur in extreme conditions.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Oct. 20, 2015

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Expert: numerous buildings at risk of foundation damage  
The collapse of the ground under the historic Gruvebadet building in Ny-Ålesund is an indicator numerous other buildings in Svalbard are at risk due to changes in meltwater patterns and faulty foundations, according to Sverre Barlindhaug, a geologist who examined the damaged structure.

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

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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 Sept. 1, 2015

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Svalbard’s first major sewage plant debuts in Ny-Ålesund  
Svalbard’s first major sewage treatment plant debuted during a ribbon-cutting ceremony this week in Ny-Ålesund. The 1.5-million-kroner facility can process up to 10,000 liters of wastewater a day, which is projected as sufficient to meet the research’s community’s peak population of 200 residents.

Terror suspect: Ny-Ålesund cowering with polar bears nearby, or so scream headlines with dodgy mug shots

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“Growing Polar Bear Presence Terrifies Scientists In Arctic Town Of Ny-Ålesund.”

That headline, along with variations such as “nightmare” and “stalk,” is declaring the Svalbard research settlement under siege because  – wait for it – there are polar bears nearby and people need to carry guns when they wander out.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of July 28, 2015

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Now we know what a forest fire looks like in Svalbard   
An usual yellowish haze seen over parts of Svalbard earlier this month apparently was from a large wildfire in Alaska in June that destroyed more than 45 homes, according to the Norwegian Institute for Air Research.