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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.

Win-win: Green Party’s ‘sustainability’ resolution gets narrow OK, Store Norske gets wide support in Parliament


The first verdict from Parliament: Pursuing environmentally sustainable industries in Svalbard in the future is a worthy goal, but so is allowing Store Norske to continue its coal mining operations for now.

Parliament begins debating Store Norske’s future; vote on support for coal mining expected Tuesday


The likelihood of Store Norske’s survival and the extent to which it may need to pursue ventures other than coal mining will likely be revealed Tuesday night when Parliament is scheduled to cast its first vote related to an emergency bailout loan the company says is necessary to continue operating beyond June.

In addition, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries may announce if it will recommend the loan to lawmakers as soon as Friday.

Icepeople PDF: March 31, 2015

icepeoplepdf033115Russia bungles announced plans to cancel the Bareno ice camp in favor of military and science camps, with the usual procession of North Pole expeditions scheduled to deploy there during the first three weeks of April. And the Lance scientists got a thrilling contact high, followed by a cold comedown, just before returning to Longyearbyen for Easter. Plus polar bears play the roles of both villains and victims in this week’s PDF.