Tag Archives: Svalbard

Strange purple powder frightens Svalbard dwellers

Mysterious purple powder scares in Svalbard The waste plant in Longyearbyen is closed, and a mysterious substance has been sent in for analysis The waste plant in Longyearbyen is closed, and a mysterious substance has been sent in for analysis "The powder is very volatile, it has gone everywhere and turns purple when sprayed with water," writes the ...

Norwegian Dr. Jørn Hurum Honored by National Geographic in Washington, D.C.

Jørn Hurum, Paleontologist

Norwegian paleontologist Dr. Jørn Hurum is awarded the National Geographic "Emerging Explorers Award" in Washington D.C. due to his excavations on Svalbard. “We search for fossils in the high Arctic, moving hundreds of tons of rock by hand in wet, freezing conditions. It’s fantastic.” Dr. Hurum explained to National Geographic. Dr. Hurum is ...

Hurum wins Emerging Explorers prize from National Geographic

jorn Hurum

Norwegian palaeontologist Jørn Hurum has been awarded the National Geographic Society's Emerging Explorers prize for his important finds of prehistoric giant sea reptiles on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. Hurum is chief palaeontologist at the University of Oslo's Natural History Museum and is the first Norwegian to receive this prize. The $10,000 prize ...

Fires spread environmental toxins over the Arctic

Transported air mass (in nanoseconds per kg) from straw and stubble burning regions in Russia (indicated by black dots) to Svalbard. (Illustration: NILU)

Forest fires and straw and stubble burning in North America and Eastern Europe are leading to record-high concentrations of the environmental toxin PCB over Svalbard. As a result of climate change, airborne pollution is thus becoming an increasing problem in the Arctic. For the last decades, persistent organic pollutants (POPs) have been ...

Slight fall in Svalbard population

Svalbard has a high level of in- and out-migration, markedly influencing the size of the population. On Jan. 1 2010, 2,481 were registered at Svalbard, 84 fewer than one year earlier. A total of 2,052 of these lived in the Norwegian settlements Longyearbyen and Ny-Ålesund. During 2009, the number of inhabitants in the Norwegian settlements decreased ...

Hurtigruten, Spitsbergen, and Polar Bears all combined for several itineraries during the 2010 season

Spitsbergen, the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago, located above the Arctic Circle, is populated with more than 4,500 polar bears, making it one of the best places in the world for sightings, albeit without guarantees. And Hurtigruten is making every effort to accommodate that opportunity for its guests by offering itineraries that explore ...

More foreign science on Svalbard

Both German and French scientists say they want to build new science stations for increased activity in the science community Ny-Ålesund on Svalbard. Also Japanese researchers say they may build a new science station in Ny-Ålesund to replace the building they currently rent, reports Svalbardposten according to BarentsObserver. Source: Maritime & Industry

Svalbard Global Seed Vault: 50,000 seed samples sent to the Vault

Global Seed Vault in Svalbard, Norway

Svalbard Global Seed Vault has received a major seed shipment while world leaders are gathered to tackle climate change in Copenhagen. On Sunday Dec. 13, more than 50,000 seed samples landed in Longyearbyen to find their place in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The shipment contains seeds from crops adapted to dry climates. Among them is sorghum, ...

Quota for the minke whale hunt in 2010

The Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs has set a quota of 1286 animals for the minke whale hunt in 2010. The quota for 2010 is composed of a basic annual quota of 885 and the addition of unused quota in 2009. In 2010 it will be permitted to catch up to 1016 animals in coastal ...

Mining company on Svalbard will reduce workforce

Svalbard’s coal mining company, Store Norske, will reduce its workforce by 90 employees, reports the Barents Observer. Due to the financial crises the coal prizes fall from USD 175 last autumn to USD 53 at its lowest the first half year 2009, and is no around USD 70 per ton, reports Svalbardposten. The state-owned Store Norske has ...