Tag Archives: Ny-Ålesund

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.

Icepeople PDF: April 14, 2015

icepeoplepdf041415Greenies get a “win” in Parliament in their battle to end coal mining in Svalbard, but it’s purely symbolic since lawmakers are virtually certain to approve a bailout loan for financially-starved Store Norske in the near future. Meanwhile, another more immediate crisis closer to home continues to take its toll as a kennel cough epidemic resulted in a majority of teams being struck from the annual Trappers Trail sleddog race. Plus drones visit Ny-Ålesund, Russian soldiers visit the North Pole and a geologist visits what may be Sauron’s new mountain hideout in this week’s PDF.