Tagged: Svalbard

Hurum wins Emerging Explorers prize from National Geographic

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...

Fires spread environmental toxins over the Arctic

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Greenpeace blocks Arctic coal mine

On Oct. 2, the environmental activist group Greenpeace blocked the coal mine Sveagruva on Svalbard, protesting plans for more coal production in one of the world’s northernmost regions, reports Reuters. More than a dozen protesters...

Booming population of wild reindeer on Svalbard

The speedy climate changes may be the reason for a doubling of wild reindeers on Svalbard in the past 30 years, reports The Barents Observer. A comprehensive study of the impact of global warming...