Svalbard Newswire

Svalbard Newswire

Comprehensive Real-Time News Feed for Svalbard.

Results 1 - 20 of 90 in Svalbard

  1. Arctic 'doomsday' seed vault receives 50,000 new depositsRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Feb 24 | Manila Bulletin

    Nearly 10 years after a "doomsday" seed vault opened on an Arctic island, some 50,000 new samples from seed collections around the world have been deposited in the world's largest repository built to safeguard against wars or natural disasters wiping out global food crops. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a gene bank built underground on the isolated island in a permafrost zone some 1,000 kilometers from the North Pole, was opened in 2008 as a master backup to the world's other seed banks, in case their deposits are lost.

    Comment?

  2. Arctic "doomsday" seed vault receives 50,000 new depositsRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 1, 2016 | CBS News

    Nearly 10 years after a "doomsday" seed vault opened on an Arctic island, some 50,000 new samples from seed collections around the world have been deposited in the world's largest repository built to safeguard against wars or natural disasters wiping out global food crops. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault , a gene bank built underground on the isolated island in a permafrost zone some 620 miles from the North Pole, was opened in 2008 as a master backup to the world's other seed banks, in case their deposits are lost.

    Comment?

  3. 50,000 seeds added to DOOMSDAY deposit in Arctic CircleRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Feb 22 | Daily Mail

    Fifty thousand seed samples have been donated from all over the world and sent to the vault to be kept until they are needed. The vault - which opened on the Svalbard archipelago between Norway and the North Pole in 2008 - is designed to protect crop seeds such as beans, rice and wheat against nuclear war or disease.

    Comment?

  4. Avalanche in Arctic Norway tosses kids around, no injuriesRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Feb 21 | Daily Times

    Rescuers at the site where an avalanche passed road 228 and hit at least one building, in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Tuesday's avalanche in Longyearbyen, the main settlement in Norway's Svalbard archipelago, struck near area where two people were killed in a 2015 avalanche.

    Comment?

  5. Welcome to the booze-soaked town that spends 100 days in darknessRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Feb 21 | The Independent

    With a brutal winter that sees no sunshine for four months, no wonder the residents of Svalbard drink more booze than anywhere else in Norway "Men used to get so crazy in the darkness they would play Russian roulette with loaded rifles," said the barmaid, Anne, as she poured me another pint of strong, auburn pale ale - a heady tipple from Spitsbergen island's own brewery . "Before the first commercial flights began coming here in the mid-1970s, the sea ice would freeze the boats in the bay, cutting us off from the rest of the world.

    Comment?

  6. Sea Ice Hits Record Lows at Both PolesRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Feb 13 | LiveScience

    ... seas, which sit north of Scandinavia and Russia and have been in the path of those incoming storms. In Norway's Svalbard archipelago, which lies midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, snows melted over the weekend as temperatures rose ...

    Comment?

  7. It's about 50 degrees warmer than normal near the North Pole, yet againRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Feb 10 | The Washington Post

    ... high-temperature record by almost four degrees (two Celsius), the Danish Meteorological Institute reported . In Svalbard, Norway, the island located about midway between continental Norway and the North Pole, high temperatures in the settlement of ...

    Comment?

  8. Svalbard's electric power could come from hydrogenRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Feb 8 | Environmental News Network

    The energy supply to Longyearbyen, midway between continental Norway and the North Pole, is a hot topic in the climate debate. Longyearbyen is the largest settlement and the administrative centre of Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean.

    Comment?

  9. Amazing moment polar bear pops its head into Arctic boatRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 24, 2017 | Daily Mail

    ... the summer months, when there is 24 hours of daylight. During the summer season Lance boat docks at Longyearbyen in Svalbard (pictured), a Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole that is one of the world's northernmost ...

    Comment?

  10. Myths surround Arctic Circle's famed 'doomsday' seed vaultRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 4, 2017 | Daily Herald

    Located not far from the North Pole on the island of Spitsbergen, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault safeguards the agricultural plant collections of more than 230 countries. Cary Fowler has just written a book on the Svalbard Global Seed Vault that lifts the veil on the place, which is not open to the public even though it quickly became the second most recognized structure in Norway.

    Comment?

  11. The first of several climate verdicts is in: 2016 was the warmest...Read the original story

    Jan 5, 2017 | Discover

    ... shows, the Arctic was especially warm. And no part of the Arctic was warmer in 2016 than the island archipelago of Svalbard, which sits more than 500 miles north of Norway in the high Arctic. In addition to being warmer than any year since ...

    Comment?

  12. Unlocking mystery of the arctic seed vaultRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 5, 2017 | The Columbian

    The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is not exactly at the North Pole, but it's nearer to it than just about anywhere else, and well inside the Arctic Circle on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. This beguiling structure juts out from a mountain near the town of Longyearbyen, which is reputed to be the northernmost permanent settlement on Earth and a place where residents must go about their business with rifles slung over their backs, on account of the polar bears.

    Comment?

  13. Scientists use satellites to spot Svalbard avalanchesRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 4, 2017 | UPI

    The Arctic Ocean's mild, rainy autumn has become a mild and rainy winter, triggering avalanches in Svalbard, an archipelago north of mainland Norway. The lack of sunlight during the polar winter makes observation difficult.

    Comment?

  14. In Case of Doomsday, This is Where the Seeds of the World are StoredRead the original story

    Dec 24, 2016 | TechEBlog

    The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a protected seed bank, located on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, close to Longyearbyen in the remote Arctic Svalbard archipelago, around 1,300-kilometers from the North Pole. Conservationist Cary Fowler, in partnership with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research , began the vault in 2008 to save a wide assortment of plant seeds that are duplicate samples, or "spare" copies, of seeds held in gene banks worldwide.

    Comment?

  15. Weather buoy near North Pole hits melting pointRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 22, 2016 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    ... to the loss of sea ice at a time when the region is usually gaining ice. Near the Franz Joseph Islands east of Svalbard, satellite imagery shows a large mass of ice vanishing over the last day. "This is pretty dramatic," he tweeted. Data from the ...

    Comment?

  16. Weather buoy near North Pole hits melting pointRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 22, 2016 | Boston.com

    ... to the loss of sea ice at a time when the region is usually gaining ice. Near the Franz Joseph Islands east of Svalbard, satellite imagery shows a large mass of ice vanishing over the last day. ''This is pretty dramatic,'' he tweeted. Data from the ...

    Comment?

  17. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault isn't a "doomsday" time capsule...Read the original story w/Photo

    Dec 22, 2016 | Denver Post

    The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is not exactly at the North Pole, but it's nearer to it than just about anywhere else, and well inside the Arctic Circle on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. This beguiling structure juts out from a mountain near the town of Longyearbyen, which is reputed to be the northernmost permanent settlement on Earth and a place where residents must go about their business with rifles slung over their backs, on account of the polar bears.

    Comment?

  18. Temperature near North Pole jumped to 32 degrees todayRead the original story

    Dec 22, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    ... to the loss of sea ice at a time when the region is usually gaining ice. Near the Franz Joseph Islands east of Svalbard, satellite imagery shows a large mass of ice vanishing over the last day. "This is pretty dramatic," he tweeted. Data from the ...

    Comment?

  19. Dispelling myths around the Arctic Circle's famed 'doomsday' seed vaultRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 21, 2016 | Prince George Citizen

    ... Press. - Jim Richardson - Prospecta Press Located not far from the North Pole on the island of Spitsbergen, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault safeguards the agricultural plant collections of more than 230 countries. : Mari Tefre - Prospecta Press. - ...

    Comment?

  20. Norway's Arctic seed vault is not a secret NATO eugenics projectRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 21, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is not exactly at the North Pole, but it's nearer to it than just about anywhere else, and well inside the Arctic Circle on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. This beguiling structure juts out from a mountain near the town of Longyearbyen, which is reputed to be the northernmost permanent settlement on Earth and a place where residents must go about their business with rifles slung over their backs, on account of the polar bears.

    Comment?