Svalbard Newswire

Svalbard Newswire

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  1. Norwegian islands 'the exotic side of being in the dark'Read the original story w/Photo

    Monday Feb 8 | Stuff.co.nz

    A Norwegian chain of Arctic islands is seeking to turn numbing cold and total winter darkness into a draw for visitors who usually only venture north for the midnight sun during fleeting summers. The new focus on winter in the Svalbard archipelago, 1200km from the North Pole, is part of a drive to attract tourism and environmental research to diversify the economy after a century of dependence on now-failing coal mines.

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  2. Random Weirdness for the week of Feb. 2, 2016Read the original story

    Tuesday Feb 2 | AltWeeklies

    We have seen the future of coal mining in Svalbard and, to paraphrase a certain idiot dominating politics in the U.S., there's going to be so much winning we're going to get tired of it now that North Korea has signed the Svalbard Treaty. Icepeople is the world's northernmost alternative newspaper.

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  3. High price of failure: another government bailout for coal mining in SvalbardRead the original story

    Jan 6, 2016 | AltWeeklies

    ... available locally and by mail upon request. Charges... Lots of folks are eager to send ships and oil rigs toward Svalbard's warming waters, but few are prepared to deal with what happens when mishaps result in fuel and oil spills in the still-harsh ...

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  4. Tourists Flocking to Avalanche Wreckage Leaves Some Residents ColdRead the original story

    Monday Feb 1 | AltWeeklies

    ... available locally and by mail upon request. Charges... Lots of folks are eager to send ships and oil rigs toward Svalbard's warming waters, but few are prepared to deal with what happens when mishaps result in fuel and oil spills in the still-harsh ...

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  5. Large-scale rehearsal planned for 'inevitable' oil spil in SvalbardRead the original story

    Jan 6, 2016 | AltWeeklies

    Lots of folks are eager to send ships and oil rigs toward Svalbard's warming waters, but few are prepared to deal with what happens when mishaps result in fuel and oil spills in the still-harsh Arctic environment. Icepeople is the world's northernmost alternative newspaper.

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  6. Random weirdness for the week of Jan. 26, 2016Read the original story

    Tuesday Jan 26 | AltWeeklies

    As climate change takes hold, it turns out the warming waters just north of Svalbard are home to a lush UFO paradise. Alas, in Svalbard itself we're being denied the chance to see David Bowie take his place among the stars.

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  7. Selling the Very Cold, Very Dark Svalbard, Norway as a Winter Tourist DestinationRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Jan 30 | Skift

    An old locomotive train that was used for transporting coal is preserved as a monument at Ny-Alesund, in Svalbard, Norway, October 13, 2015. Warehouses and the old part of the Ny-Alesund, Norway settlement from the coal mining period which closed in 1963, are seen October 11, 2015.

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  8. Arctic islands seek to charm visitors with winter cold, darknessRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jan 28 | Bangor Daily News

    A Norwegian chain of Arctic islands is seeking to turn numbing cold and total winter darkness into a draw for visitors who usually only venture north for the midnight sun during fleeting summers. The new focus on winter in the Svalbard archipelago, 750 miles from the North Pole, is part of a drive to attract tourism and environmental research to diversify the economy after a century of dependence on now-failing coal mines.

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  9. Frozen! Journey to the real land of ice and snowRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Jan 27 | The Huffington Post

    LONGYEARBYEN , Svalbard- If it weren't for the red flags marking the tundra trail to the glacier, some of us -- passengers on the Hurtigruten cruise ship MS Fram , sailing out of Longyearbyen, on Spitsbergen -- might have been tempted to strike out alone. But as newcomers are relentlessly reminded here in the Svalbard Archipelago, where white is the new black, polar bears are the Big Dogs.

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  10. Longyearbyen's Post-Coal Fate Appears FishyRead the original story

    Tuesday Jan 19 | AltWeeklies

    For the first time since the coal mining crisis crippled Longyearbyen's economic foundation more than a year ago, it's a good thing lots of folks are in a crabby mood as a change to Norway's Marine Resources Act will allow seafood processing facilities in Svalbard. Icepeople is the world's northernmost alternative newspaper.

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  11. Is someone to blame? Longyearbyen ignores two decades of warnings before devastating avalancheRead the original story

    Jan 6, 2016 | AltWeeklies

    ... folks are in a crabby mood as a change to Norway's Marine Resources Act will allow seafood processing facilities in Svalbard. It's not as cool as the animated Lego horror show of an oil spill Greenpeace did in 2014, but it's still entertaining ...

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  12. The Remote Frozen Islands Where Science Is KingRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jan 14 | Wired

    The Sousy Svalbard Radar is an antenna field in Adventdalen, just outside of Longyearben. Its 365 antennas monitor the troposphere and mesosphere.

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  13. VIDEO: Inside seed vault buried in ArcticRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 12, 2016 | BBC News

    A special vault has been built in the Arctic to store thousands of seeds, as scientists fear the impact of climate change and prolonged conflicts could have devastating consequences on food crops around the world. The Global Seed Vault has been built inside a mountain, near the town of Longyearbyen on the remote Svalbard Islands.

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  14. Into blackness: Svalbard's 12 biggest stories of 2015Read the original story

    Jan 6, 2016 | AltWeeklies

    The world's northernmost town was already facing the devastating loss of its cornerstone industry and a quarter of its residents - and then just before Christmas was permanently scarred by an avalanche that ranks as one of the area's worst-ever disasters. Icepeople is the world's northernmost alternative newspaper.

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  15. Chillingly Clueless: Svalbard's 10 Strangest Stories of 2015Read the original story

    Jan 6, 2016 | AltWeeklies

    Which is stranger: a year where parasitic wasps went on an Arctic killing spree and robots rode roller coasters in the world's northernmost ghost town, or the year that actually happened? Yeah, we're not sure either. Icepeople is the world's northernmost alternative newspaper.

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  16. Norway: Child injured in Svalbard avalanche dies in hospitalRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 20, 2015 | Newsday

    Norwegian police say one of two children who were seriously injured in an avalanche on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard has died. Police spokeswoman Kjerstin Askholt announced the death on Sunday, a day after the avalanche slammed into Longyearbyen, the main settlement on Svalbard.

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  17. Norway: Child Injured in Svalbard Avalanche Dies in HospitalRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 21, 2015 | News Max

    Norwegian police say one of two children who were seriously injured in an avalanche on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard has died. Police spokeswoman Kjerstin Askholt announced the death on Sunday, a day after the avalanche slammed into Longyearbyen, the main settlement on Svalbard.

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  18. Two killed, several injured in Norway Arctic avalancheRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 20, 2015 | Channelnewsasia.com

    An avalanche in the Svalbard archipelago in the heart of the Norwegian Arctic claimed a second life on Sunday as a child died from injuries sustained in the disaster, medical authorities said. OSLO: An avalanche in the Svalbard archipelago in the heart of the Norwegian Arctic claimed a second life on Sunday as a child died from injuries sustained in the disaster, medical authorities said.

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  19. Norway avalanche kills one and injures 9 others as tons of snow...Read the original story

    Dec 20, 2015 | The Independent

    An avalanche has killed one man and injured nine other people in the remote Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, in Norway. Rescue workers had to work in total darkness to dig out tons of snow as the avalanche struck on Saturday from Sukkertoppen Mountain into Longyearbyen, the main town on Svalbard.

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  20. At least one dead after avalanche crashes into 10 houses in NorwayRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 20, 2015 | Metro

    Several people are missing after an avalanche smashed into 10 houses on Norway's remote Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, authorities said. Eight people were taken to hospital after the avalanche tumbled down from Sukkertoppen mountain, which dominates Longyearbyen, the main settlement on Svalbard, at about 11am on Saturday.

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