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Facts about Svalbard   Facts about Svalbard - Location Group of Islands between 71°N and 81°N & 10°E and 35°E. - Area Approx. 63,000 sq. km; approx. 60% covered by glaciers. - Largest Islands Spitsbergen, Nordostlandet, Barentsoya, Edgeoya and Prins Karls Forland. - Settlements Longyearbyen (Norwegian administrative centre) approx. 1,400 inhabitants. Barentsburg (Russian mining community) approx. 850 inhabitants. NY Alesund (Norwegian international research centre) approx. 40 - 100 inhabitants. Sveagruva (Norwegian mining community) approx. 90 commuters. Hornsund (Polish research station) approx. 8 inhabitants. - Administration Norwegian sovereignty regulated by the Svalbard Treaty of 1920. - Transportation By plane from/to Tromso, Norway. There are no roads connecting the communities on Svalbard.
Help Remove Landmines From the Path of Peace in Colombia
[Norwaynews] [12.05.2016, 08:30pm, Thu. GMT]
Ferney Cifuentes, like so many Colombian children from his area, was helping his father herd cattle in Montecristo in January 2015 when a violent blast lifted the Earth and sent shrapnel flying.

The 14-year-old had stepped on a landmine. His death -- tragically -- was not unique. More than 11,000 Colombians have been wounded or killed by landmines and other unexploded ordnance in the past quarter century.

Landmines are singularly dangerous because they can lay dormant for years, only to kill and maim innocent people without warning. In Colombia last year, 285 people, including 40 children, were killed by landmines, a toll surpassed only by Afghanistan. At current mine clearance rates, decades will pass before the country is mine free.
Arctic Frontiers conference kicks off in Norway's Tromso
[Norwaynews] [25.01.2016, 07:48am, Mon. GMT]
The week-long Arctic Frontiers conference kicked off on Sunday as about 1,300 delegates from around the world gathered in the northern Norwegian city of Tromso to discuss the balance between industrial and environmental interests in the Arctic.
Several missing after avalanche hits Norway's remote Arctic Svalbard archipelago
[Norwaynews] [20.12.2015, 07:20am, Sun. GMT]
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.
US, Russia agree fishing ban in Arctic
[Norwaynews] [17.07.2015, 05:16am, Fri. GMT]
The five states that surround the central Arctic Ocean – Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark in respect of Greenland, the Kingdom of Norway, the Russian Federation, and the United States of America – met in Oslo on July 16 to sign a declaration to prevent unregulated commercial fishing in high seas portion of the central Arctic Ocean.
New Arctic research projects start
[Norwaynews] [09.07.2015, 07:38am, Thu. GMT]
The Scottish Association for Marine Science (Sams) has announced the start of two research projects worth £4.7m. The Oban-based Sams will be a partner in Norwegian-led studies investigating changes in Arctic ecosystems. Arctic ABC will investigate how the Arctic is responding to the loss of sea ice, whilst FAABulous will focus on changes in Arctic algae.
Total eclipse over Svalbard islands in Arctic
[Norwaynews] [28.03.2015, 08:29am, Sat. GMT]
Sky-gazers in the Arctic were treated to a perfect view of a total solar eclipse yesterday as the moon completely blocked out the sun in a clear sky, casting a shadow over Norway’s remote archipelago of Svalbard. People shouted, cheered and applauded as Longyearbyen, the main town in Svalbard, plunged into darkness. The skies were clear, offering a full view of the sun’s corona — a faint ring of rays surrounding the moon — that is only visible during a total solar eclipse.
First tree species seeds arrive at Norwegian ‘doomsday vault’
[Norwaynews] [02.03.2015, 08:43pm, Mon. GMT]
The so-called “doomsday vault” located on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard has received its first delivery of forest tree species seeds – a Norway spruce and a Scots pine. The depository, which first opened in 2008, is attempting to preserve all global food crop seeds in the event of catastrophic natural or man-made disasters, according to the Beacon Review. The scientists there are hoping to monitor long-term genetic changes in natural forests.
Norway turns green and says ‘no’ to coal
[Norwaynews] [12.02.2015, 06:14pm, Thu. GMT]
The United Nations called on Norway last summer to close its coal mining operation on the Svalbard Arctic archipelago. It did. The government of Norway, which has the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund ($860bn), has also announced plans to divest from coal. This means the wealth fund will divest from 14 coal mining companies, one coal-fired generator, five tar-sands oil producers and two cement makers (since cement is produced by burning coal).
Svalbard's polar bears and the effects of climate change – in pictures
[Norway] [09.12.2014, 02:26pm, Tue. GMT]
Rising temperatures and increasing ice melt are transforming the island’s of Svalbard in Norway’s high arctic. The WWF-Canon and Norwegian Polar Institute Arctic research expedition 2014 looks at how the polar bear population is adapting to climate change.
1000 British tourists took a chance and got stuck in Norway
[Norwaynews] [02.11.2014, 07:26am, Sun. GMT]
A Norwegian local resident told Norwegian broadcaster NRK he thought the cruise ship took a chance by sailing close to the rocky coast on its way into the quay. This Bahamas-registered cruise ship with almost one thousand British tourists on board that ran aground in northern Norway on Saturday managed to get free using its own engines and high tides, rescue services said.
Kiribati leader visits Arctic on climate mission
[Norwaynews] [20.09.2014, 11:14am, Sat. GMT]
Fearing that his Pacific island nation could be swallowed by a rising ocean, the president of Kiribati says a visit to the melting Arctic has helped him appreciate the scale of the threat. President Anote Tong on Saturday ended a Greenpeace-organized tour of glaciers in Norway's Svalbard Archipelago, a trip he said left a deep impression that he would share with world leaders at a U.N. climate summit next week in New York.
Child killed in Norway avalanche
[Norwaynews] [21.12.2015, 05:41pm, Mon. GMT]
A child and a man are both dead and at least eight others have been hospitalised after an avalanche slammed into 10 homes in Norway. The horror occurred at Norway’s remote Arctic archipelago of Svalbard when snow came hurtling down Mount Sukkertoppen into Longyearbyen following a fierce storm.
International agreement reached on polar bear protection
[Norwaynews] [04.09.2015, 10:33am, Fri. GMT]
The first ever circumpolar action plan to protect polar bears was released yesterday during the Polar Bear Range States meeting in Ilulissat, Greenland. The five polar bear range states – Canada, Kingdom of Denmark (Greenland), Norway, Russia, and the United States – have committed to a 10-year plan that aims to secure the long-term survival of polar bears in the wild.
UN 'Alarmed' By Melting Glacier In Norway
[Norwaynews] [09.07.2015, 07:51am, Thu. GMT]
At the site of a rapidly shrinking glacier in the Norwegian Arctic, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need for the international community to “take action now” to fight climate change. "I am just close to 250 metres to the glacier. It looks magnificent. But at the same time, I am alarmed that there are so many cracks that will soon break. They are melting very rapidly, and I fully agree with what scientists have been projecting. Unless we take action now, we will have to regret. We have to keep global temperature rise below two degrees as soon as possible," he said.
No Education, No Development
[Norway] [09.07.2015, 07:02am, Thu. GMT]
OSLO – Education is a human right. And, like other human rights, it cannot be taken for granted. Across the world, 59 million children and 65 million adolescents are out of school. More than 120 million children do not complete primary education.
Norway Prioritizes High North Equipment
[Norwaynews] [04.03.2015, 11:36am, Wed. GMT]
As Russia strengthens its naval, air and ground forces in its northern territories, Norway has responded by scaling-up manpower, equipment and Arctic combat units as part of a broader reinforcement of its High North defenses. Norway's program, part of the Norwegian Defense Forces' (NDF) Smart Defense strategy, comprises a strong Arctic-focused dimension in funding and resource allocation.
Norway’s Polar Satellite Centre
[Norway] [13.02.2015, 06:53pm, Fri. GMT]
Polar orbit satellites monitor what’s happening at the ends of the planet – and, of course, the regions in between. Ice conditions, land movement, shipping, pollution – but how does that information actually make its way to the scientists and authorities who evaluate it and use it as a basis for all kinds of decisions? During my recent visit to Arctic Norway, I had the chance to visit a facility that plays a key role in collecting and disseminating satellite data on the polar regions.
U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic Admiral Robert Papp Travels to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Russia
[Norwaynews] [17.01.2015, 05:45pm, Sat. GMT]
U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr. will visit Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Russia for consultations with key Arctic stakeholders, January 15–27, ahead of the U.S. assumption of the Arctic Council chairmanship in April 2015. During his visit he will meet with government officials, indigenous communities, representatives of non-governmental organizations, and scientific, academic, and business leaders.
Arctic Biodiversity Congress discuss in Norway
[Norwaynews] [27.11.2014, 04:54pm, Thu. GMT]
Arctic Biodiversity Congress gathers Arctic leaders to discuss sustainability- Trondheim, Norway, December 2-4, 2014. Over 400 Arctic leaders, scientists, government representatives, indigenous peoples, and members of industry and non-governmental organizations are meeting in Trondheim, Norway to discuss the future of Arctic nature and sustainability at the Arctic Biodiversity Congress, December 2-4, 2014.
Secret nuclear cargo transported along coast of Norway
[Norwaynews] [24.09.2014, 08:51am, Wed. GMT]
Despite a cold political climate, the United States and Russia cooperated on a secret September voyage with highly enriched uranium from Poland to Murmansk, Russia. Norwegian radiation authorities were not informed before the vessel sailed into Norway's economic zone. The head of Vardø Vessel Traffic Service, Ståle Sveinungsen, confirmed to the Barents Observer that the vessel Mikhail Dudin was carrying a load of highly radioactive material when it sailed along the coast of Norway two weeks ago.
United Nations Presses Norway to Close Coal Mines
[Norwaynews] [18.06.2014, 06:06pm, Wed. GMT]
The UN is urging Norway to shut down its coal mining operations on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard due to concerns due to a clash of interest with the islands' major functionality of climate change research. Executive secretary on climate change for the UN, Christiana Figueres, said that Svalbard is a bastion of climate change research and that this and coal mining fits very poorly together.
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