Tag Archives: Norwegian Polar Institute

Video from Ban Ki-moon’s visit to Svalbard

UN chief sees climate change first-hand UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited the Arctic on Sept. 1 to witness the effects of global warming ahead of key international climate talks in Copenhagen in December. At Svalbard, Ban visited Ny-Ålesund, the quickly developing research village at the archipelago. He met with director of the Norwegian Polar Institute Jan ...

Tromsø “The capital of world polar research”

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"The town of Tromsø is to become the world’s capital on polar research," the Norwegian Minister of Environment said during a visit to "The capital of the Arctic". Minister Erik Solheim stressed that Tromsø will be made "the world’s capital on polar affairs." The statement was made in an election campaign meeting, reports Barentsobserver.com. The minister promised another 150 ...

Thanks to Norway’s Embassy, Students Head to Arctic

The Polar Environmental Center and Polaria in Tromsø. Photo by Andrea Taurisano

    Alex Thorp and Noah Chutz, from American University (AU) in Washington DC, are heading to the Arctic this summer because of something they have in common with an explorer who spent 1,000 days with Inuits and Greenlanders. Thorp and Chutz are the winners of an essay contest sponsored by AU and the Royal Norwegian Embassy. The ...

Seabirds dead after oil spill in the Barents Sea

Photo: Norwegian Coast Guard

Dead and injured seabirds have been found near “Petrozavodsk”, the Russian freezer ship that yesterday ran aground by the coast of the Bear Island in the Barents Sea. By Barentsobserver.com The Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management (DN) reports that Norwegian Coast Guard crew has found dead and injured seabirds in the water around the vessel. The birds ...

New Research School for Satellite Surveillance in Tromsø

A new research school for remote sensing in the High North is being established at the University of Tromsø, Norway. The founders hope to get financial support from the companies involved in the Shtokman field development, reports the Barents Observer. The research school is called Barents Remote Sensing School (BARESS) and has received 16,3 million NOK ...

Wants less cruise-vessels to Svalbard

Photo: www.hurtigruten.c

The Norwegian Polar Institute wants cruise-vessels to stay away from the untouched areas in the North-East Svalbard and South-East Svalbard nature reserves, reports BarentsObserver.com "The areas on eastern Svalbard are unique pearls for the world. We hope they can remain as much untouched as possible," says director of the Norwegian Polar Institute Jan-Gunnar Winter to the Norwegian ...

CO2 hits new peaks, no sign global crisis causing dip

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OSLO (Reuters) - Atmospheric levels of the main greenhouse gas are hitting new highs, with no sign yet that the world economic downturn is curbing industrial emissions, a leading scientist said on Thursday. "The rise is in line with the long-term trend," Kim Holmen, research director at the Norwegian Polar Institute, said of the measurements taken ...