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Polar bears

An inte­res­ting arti­cle about polar bears in the light of cli­ma­te chan­ge has been publis­hed by the Rus­si­an Aca­de­my of Sci­ence. Click here to read the arti­cle.

Litt­le polar bear fami­ly in nort­hern Spits­ber­gen. Polar bears have to cope with cli­ma­te chan­ge and envi­ron­men­tal toxins and face accord­in­gly an uncer­tain future.

Polar bear family

Libya and the north pole

The new Liby­an government has announ­ced a flight to the north pole tog­e­ther with repre­sen­ta­ti­ves of NATO mem­ber sta­tes that took part in the 2011 mili­ta­ry cam­pai­gn. The flight aims at an incre­a­se of the fee­ling for tog­e­ther­ness wit­hin the Liby­an socie­ty and a posi­ti­ve recep­ti­on in the world public.

The Sys­sel­man­nen has, howe­ver, denied per­mis­si­on for a fuel stop in Lon­gye­ar­by­en. The orga­ni­zers of the flight said they were disap­poin­ted and would try to take the issue up to a poli­ti­cal level.

Lon­gye­ar­by­en air­port: Not avail­ab­le to the Liby­an government on their way to the north pole.

Libya and the north pole -> Longyearbyen airport” title=”Longyearbyen airport” width=”400″ height=”267″ class=”size-full wp-image-8802″ /></p>
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<p>Source: Svalbardposten Nr. 49 (2011)</p>
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Spits­ber­gen: UNESCO world heri­ta­ge site?

Parts of Spits­ber­gen may be added to the world heri­ta­ge site list of the UNESCO. In 2012, a working group of the Nor­we­gi­an government will start to com­pi­le an app­li­ca­ti­on that can be sub­mit­ted to the UNESCO at a later sta­ge.

Spits­ber­gen: Uni­que natu­re and histo­ry and thus a poten­ti­al UNESCO world heri­ta­ge site. Here remains of a blub­ber oven from 17th cen­tu­ry wha­ling at Smee­ren­burg.

Spitsbergen: UNESCO world heritage site? -> Smeerenburg” title=”Smeerenburg” width=”400″ height=”267″ class=”size-full wp-image-8797″ /></p>
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<p>Source: <a href=Nor­we­gi­sches Umwelt­mi­nis­te­ri­um

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