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    More "news" from Svalbard: http://www.lifeinnorway.net/2015/09/...n-longyearbyen

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    • nari
      nari commented
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      I had heard before about the law against burial in Svalbard. Maybe that will change over time as the ice and snow diminishes...

    • ombugge
      ombugge commented
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      Or maybe they could use cremation, with urns stored in a "mausoleum" or similar, in order to retain it on Svalbard?
      The other way is to spread the ashes over the favourit places of the deceased. (Popular with many)

    • Seagull
      Seagull commented
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      And you can't be born there either!

    Most people have been of the impression that the Arctic was a place of tranquility, both above and below the surface of the sea.
    That perception is probably wrong: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-34334801

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      Svalbard and the Arctic appears to be popular in the international media these days.
      Here from CNN.com: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/09/29/tr...yen/index.html

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        Further to my last, here is news of a BBC docusoap to be shot in and about Longyearbyen: http://www.thelocal.no/20150930/bbc-...rctic-svalbard

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          Politics on Svalbard is a bit simpler then on the mainland: http://www.newsinenglish.no/2015/10/...bard-election/
          It must be, since there are 1003 voters who have to live together through the long and cold winter ahead.
          No possibility of US Congress conditions.

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            That there have been tropical forest on Svalbard is not exactly news, I thought: http://news.yahoo.com/fossilized-tro...133918104.html

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            • nari
              nari commented
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              No, it is not news. In one of my very early geology books (about 1980s) it mentions that Norway, Svalbard and Iceland were equatorial for millions of years, and had dense tropical vegetation - now fossilised. The same might be said for the north of Britain, as it was lurking near the equator for eons - but I haven't looked for evidence of that.

            Unusual light seen on Svalbard: http://www.thelocal.no/20151228/sky-...ordinarily-red

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              Heat wave on Svalbard: http://thebarentsobserver.com/ecolog...ctic-midwinter
              Luckily it does no affect the seed bank or permafrost yet.

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              • nari
                nari commented
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                Climate change is always a catchy topic. I read a book by a Professor of Archaeology in the USA called The Little Ice Age, published in 2000, so it was developed and written long before that.
                He emphasises the chain of events that followed the freeze which were catastrophic for Europe; and clearly indicates that evidence of steady warming started not long after (in the 18th century) and points out this is an anthropogenic event which really took off in the 1970s. But nobody seemed to notice.
                I was impressed by his accuracy in hindsight.

              A lot of photos from Svalbard for your enjoyment: http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/201...h-pole/472785/

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                Thank you for sharing that link with those absolutely stunning photos from Spitsbergen/Svalbard, CV Commodore ombugge!

                I really liked the first one of the polar bear just finishing his bloody and rare beef.

                I also noticed the photo where the veteran Nordstjernen were alongside the dock.

                Once again, thank you for sharing, I have saved that as a bookmark for later.
                With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                  For those who have been everywhere, seen everything and stayed in the best hotels, here is a place that you probably missed:
                  https://www.visitsvalbard.com/overna...radio-p3499143

                  A little extra entertainment MAY be offered from time to time:
                  https://www.smp.no/nyheter/2018/06/0...d-16827330.ece

                  There is even a video of the event:
                  https://www.vgtv.no/video/159372/vit...soendag-morgen
                  Last edited by ombugge; June 3rd, 2018, 23:34.

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                    Hungry polar bear shot and killed after attacking a guard from MS Bremen at one of the Sjuoyene (Seven islands) the northernmost islands in the Svalbard Archipelago
                    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/polar-b...ay-2018-07-28/
                    Are there too may cruise ships and boats around Svalbard in the summer months?

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                      Don't like this at all.
                      I read the crew shot the polar bear "in self defence", but why the H**L did they go ashore there in the polar bears environment?
                      Does anyone belive the polar bear differ between a human being and a seal when it is hungry???
                      This polar bear was shot by a stupid human being simply because it was searching for food. And yes, even me (who is not a polar bear expert) know that in such a modus, it WILL attack.
                      No sympathy for the german crew members and bear watch at all in this case!!!
                      (Yes, you are all correct, I'm angry, on the behalf of the polar bears, and real pissed!).
                      Last edited by Sterkoder; July 29th, 2018, 19:48.
                      "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                      • janihudi
                        janihudi commented
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                        makes two of us

                      • nari
                        nari commented
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                        Makes three of us. Disgusting.

                      Originally posted by ombugge View Post
                      Are there too may cruise ships and boats around Svalbard in the summer months?
                      There are too many cruise ships around many of the one-time "wilder" places. And the passengers on them think that they can invade those places with impunity, that the wild-life must make obeisance or pay the penalty. They can then go home and brag about their experiences while the cruise line rubs its gold-plated fingers as the coffers fill. Did that bear have cubs? Was it desperate to find food for them?
                      Ivy

                      "To thine own self be true.......
                      Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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                      • nari
                        nari commented
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                        I agree! There is a continual flow of recently built ships of ever-increasing size raiding wilderness areas. Here in Oz they are widening and lengthening wharves in Eden on the far south coast - in order to take more ships. The impact on a small seaside town (Eden) could be horrendous, both with environmental concerns (I understand that some shipping lines just dump stuff overboard, at sea and maybe not.....depending on the principles of the shipping line?

                      May i be sarcastic?
                      That was exactly what the people are looking for! They pay for a cruise on MS Bremen about € 6.000 to experience the ultimate adventure by having a barbecue on a Northern gravel beach protected by ice bear guards who had to shoot one, because it came too close. What an experience! To get brought on a five star cruise ship with eight meals a day directly face to face to a hungry icebear without discipline! Bad luck for the bear!
                      We experienced a day with five cruise ships moored in Bergen this summer. The town was hit by a locus pest! It was not possible to walk around there. The impact on a busy town is remarkable but on a sensitive piece of nature it is huge! There is no mild tourism even if all cruise companies (also Hurtigruten!) promise that.
                      Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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