Tagged: Svalbard

Putting the “art” in Arctic

Galleri Svalbard houses world-class art and artists Elizabeth Bourne Seattle The high arctic isn’t where you’d expect to find a world-class collection of printed works and paintings. And yet, here in Longyearbyen, an exceptional...

Staying alive in the frozen north

What is it like to live and eat in Longyearbyen, the world’s northernmost city? Elizabeth Bourne Seattle What safety net? Norway’s admirable social-services network doesn’t exist in Svalbard. There’s no welfare, or health insurance,...

Climate change hurts Svalbard

The warming Arctic is a serious threat to the Norwegian city of Longyearbyen M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Longyearbyen, the largest community and the administrative center of Svalbard, the Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic...

Visit a Soviet ghost town in Norway

Pyramiden is an abandoned Russian mining town in Svalbard, at the top of the world Elizabeth Bourne Seattle “Ghost town” evokes images of the Old West towns where the gold rush came and went....

Longyearbyen - silver bear

At home in Svalbard

An artist’s dispatches from Norway’s land of ice bears Elizabeth Bourne Seattle “Congratulations. Now you live here,” said the librarian at the Svalbard folkebibliotek as she handed me my new purple and white library...

Svalbard Seed Vault

Seed vault reaches 1 million

Svalbard’s seed vault celebrates 10 year anniversary with milestone deposit Ministry of Agriculture & Food On Feb. 26, just more than 76,000 new seed samples were carried into Svalbard Global Seed Vault for long-term...

Vårfluesjøen, Svalbard

Precipitation threatens Svalbard

The archipelago’s wet winters may presage a future of flooding Torgeir O. Røthe & Jostein Bakke Bjerknes Center for Climate Research Trans. M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway In recent winters Svalbard has been wetter...

Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Seed Vault renovations begin

After a water-intrusion scare earlier this year, the international seed repository is beefing up its entryway M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Renovation work has begun on the Svalbard Global Seed Vault access tunnel to...

Seeds on Ice

More than a coffee table book: Seeds on Ice

Book review Christine Foster Meloni Washington, D.C. At first glance one would take Seeds on Ice to be a coffee-table book, given its format and gorgeous, glossy color photos. But while skimming through the...