Tag Archives: polar bears

Friday night fright: Governor chases away mother polar bear, two cubs near Longyearbyen

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A mother polar bear and two cubs whose tracks were seen headed toward Longyearbyen on Friday afternoon were chased away from a heavily traveled area about 10 kilometers east of town shortly after midnight, according to The Governor of Svalbard. Officials plan to check the area again Saturday and are urging travelers to take precautions.

Random weirdness for the week of Oct. 25, 2016

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For those 30 folks (including our vagabond editor) who got hastily tossed out of Gamle Sickhuset this year because the building was unsafe, get ready for your revenge. No, there’s still no payout from any of the parties that allowed that clusterchuck to happen. But they’ll be able to use the collapsing former hospital as a demolision target and/or crash barrier in the upcoming video game Asphalt Xtreme.

Polar bears return to Hiorthhamn; governor uses helicopter and boat to scare them away

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A mother polar bear and her cub that trapped a couple in their cabin and disrupted an archaeological site returned to the cabin area at Hiorthhamn across the channel from Longyearbyen for several hours Tuesday before being chased away, according to the Governor of Svalbard.

Bear of a trip: Mother polar bear and cubs force participants in governor’s annual cleanup cruise to flee

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An undeniably trashy trip had an exciting ending as participants in The Governor of Svalbard’s annual cleanup cruise had to flee a beach when a polar bear family waddled nearby.

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

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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.

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 Aug. 18, 2015

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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.

Random weirdness for the week of July 21, 2015

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Referring to a guy in a wheelchair as a mutant is a sure way for a newspaper, even one as disreputable as ours, to incur the wrath of that special interest group known as literate people. But we’re doing it anyhow because, well, the guy himself insists that’s what he’s turning into (and no, the gun isn’t to stop him when he turns into The Thing).

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of July 21, 2015

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Russia’s inaction nixes joint polar bear census w/ Norway
A joint Norwegian-Russian census of polar bears in the Barents Sea area, the first such count since 2004, has been cancelled after Russia failed to grant authorization for researchers to access its territory in time for the count.

Polar bear seen eating dolphins for first time; climate change blamed, skeptics still shrug

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Of course the internet caught fire: It’s two of mankind’s most-adored animals (click) in a horrifically graphic and savage image (click) promoting that ultimate threat/hoax known as climate change (click, click, click).