Climate change damages buildings on Svalbard

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Climate change damages buildings on Svalbard

Abnormally high average temperatures have led to damage to several buildings on Svalbard, and the Government has been issued its first climate bill.


The service building in Ny-Ålesund suffers several severe cracks. Both floors and walls are destroyed. The Permafrost under the building is melting and the foundation has to be re-made, writes Klassekampen.

The entrance to the seed bank in Longyearbyen has also been damaged, while the Sysselmannsgård (Norwegian Authority on Svalbard), Master Miner’ residence and the Funken Lodge have already got new foundations, writes the newspaper.

Additional funds

In the Government’s revised state budget, there is set aside an additional NOK 148 million for construction and infrastructure work on Svalbard. The Government proposes to spend NOK 25 million to repair the Service building.

– Climate change will lead to increased costs in the years to come. The damages we will repair are early examples of the challenges that will come, says Minister for Climate and Environment, Ola Elvestuen (Labour) to the newspaper.

Over the past 90 months, Svalbard has had an average temperature above the norm, and Elvestuen emphasizes the urgent need for international agreements to reach the two centigrade goal:

– If we do not succeed with the climate policy, we will experience huge costs due to melting and other negative effects of global warming.


© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today


1 Comment on "Climate change damages buildings on Svalbard"

  1. Pedro J. Alfonso | 20. May 2018 at 15:27 |

    The Seed Bank in Svalbard, Arctic Seed Vault, is a feat for Humanity unequal in the world today but not enough!!!!!!! Such project could not have come about without Heavenly Intervention!

    One Seed Vault is not enough You need at least Two or more and……

    You need to make the Seed Bank in Svalbard go ONE STEP FURTHER!

    Make it a “Seed Vault” as well for all Human and Animal species! The Chromosomal Gene “Population” seed vault, Capital of The World!

    Choosing among the BEST genes sorties to prevent extinction of Humanity and animal species!

    If we humans think we will live on this Planet forever……You who do?,,,,,,,You have been watching too many “Superman” films and not realized what Happened to Krypton!

    Now some of You devilish jack asses will say: “See He is the Antichrist, another Hitler wanting to create a perfect White race!” No I want to create a perfect Human race and by the way to obtain HYBRID-VIGOR I need an example of the most….. smartest, healthiest humans in all of the world races and ethnic groups!

    Or do You think we can populate the stars with any one race or group of people in particular only?

    In my studies of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry I learned that to obtain nearly one hundred percent Hybrid-vigor You need Four different races or breeds of cattle or animals! That does not mean that the increase in Hybrid Vigor stops with four; but, for practical purposes is good enough. If there are additional breeds they can as well be added to increase the Hybrid Vigor it does not however produces the same proportional increases, as the first four that were started with! Or do they? That is as far as in those days the studies had reached when I studied at the University in Southern Illinois!

    Forget about Military Spending, forget about Education and Health… nations need to not just work together in Svalbarg to save it from decay; but, as well develop “The Next Step” for the “Seed Vault”!

    And to build others in other places in the Southern Hemisphere and on the East and the West! The F-O-U-R Cardinal Points! The F-O-U-R Seasons of the year……. FOUR……… remember that Number V-I-K-I-N-S, and do what is right for “HER and HIM”!……………Mother Earth WILL “THANK” You.

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