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New Ame­ri­can report about cli­ma­te chan­ge in the Arc­tic

A new report about recent cli­ma­tic chan­ges in the Arc­tic has been publis­hed by NOAA (Natio­nal Ocea­nic and Atmo­s­phe­ric Admi­nis­tra­ti­on). Click here for the report.
 
The beha­viour of sin­gle gla­ciers can­not be used direct­ly as an indi­ca­tor for cli­ma­te chan­ge, but the retre­at of Mona­co­breen in Spits­ber­gen is impres­si­ve and no more or less dra­ma­tic than that of other gla­ciers. The island in the fore­ground was under the ice of the gla­cier that can be seen in the midd­le of the pic­tu­re until no more than a few years ago. 

The beha­viour of sin­gle gla­ciers can­not be used direct­ly as an indi­ca­tor for cli­ma­te chan­ge, but the retre­at of Mona­co­breen in Spits­ber­gen is impres­si­ve and no more or less dra­ma­tic than that of other gla­ciers. The island in the fore­ground was under the ice of the gla­cier that can be seen in the midd­le of the pic­tu­re until no more than a few years ago.

New American report about climate change in the Arctic

Source: NOAA

Pass­port con­trol in Lon­gye­ar­by­en

So far, the­re is no pass con­trol for tra­vel­lers from Nor­way to Lon­gye­ar­by­en (or vice ver­sa). This will pro­bab­ly chan­ge, as Nor­way is part of the Schen­gen trea­ty, but Sval­bard is not. 

Air­port Lon­gye­ar­by­en: soon with pass­port con­trol

Passport control in Longyearbyen

Source: Sys­sel­man­nen

New regu­la­ti­ons for ship-based orga­ni­zed tou­rism in Eas­tern Sval­bard

The public hea­ring pro­cess for the cur­rent pro­po­sal for new regu­la­ti­ons for ship-based orga­ni­zed tou­rism in the natu­re reser­ves in Eas­tern Sval­bard has been ope­ned on Octo­ber 10 (for some more details on the pro­po­sal, scroll down to April news or click here). The hea­ring will be going on until Decem­ber 10. Should the cur­rent pro­po­sal come into for­ce, then the fle­xi­bi­li­ty of expe­di­ti­on ships in the are­as in ques­ti­on (the com­ple­te eas­tern part of the Sval­bard archi­pe­la­go) would be signi­fi­cant­ly redu­ced. The pro­po­sal is con­tro­ver­si­al. The law will not be pas­sed befo­re the Nor­we­gi­an par­lia­ment (Stortin­get) has issued a new white paper on Sval­bard in spring 2009.

The issue was dis­cus­sed during a con­fe­rence of Expe­di­ti­on Lea­ders who work with ship-based tou­rism in Sval­bard and other polar regi­ons in Lon­gye­ar­by­en, Octo­ber 07 and 08. The result is a let­ter to the Nor­we­gi­an admi­nis­tra­ti­on that addres­ses weak­nes­ses of the cur­rent pro­po­sal and points out alter­na­ti­ves. 

Hiking in Palan­der­buk­ta on Nord­aus­t­lan­det -soon histo­ry?

New regulations for ship-based organized tourism in Eastern Svalbard

“Clean up Sval­bard”: tou­rists collec­ting gar­ba­ge, part­ly dan­ge­rous to wild­life, from a remo­te beach in nor­the­as­tern Sval­bard. This will then also be histo­ry.

Source: Sys­sel­man­nen, AECO-Expe­di­ti­on Lea­der con­fe­rence in Lon­gye­ar­by­en Okto­ber 06-08, 2008

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