Solberg on Svalbard: – There has been a wilder climate

Longyearbyen.Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Svalbard.Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix

Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) says she sees clearly how climate change has changed Svalbard.

– “What is obvious is that there has been a wilder climate at Svalbard than it has been before. And it is true that in some places the ice has been retreating. The fjord is ice-free. This is different than it has been,” says Solberg.

She is visiting Longyearbyen this week with members of the UN Sustainability Goals Group, including Ghana’s President Nanna Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who leads the group with Solberg.

On Tuesday they visited the seed vault at Svalbard, where gene banks from around the world have deposited seed samples. On Wednesday, Solberg will take the group on a boat trip to take a closer look at climate change on Svalbard.

The Prime Minister has highlighted the landslides in Svalbard in recent years as an example of how climate change is making conditions there more dangerous.

– “It has had quite a large cost on Svalbard,” she notes.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today


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