August 2002, Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior travelled to Svalbard to study
Greenpeace took photos of Blomstrandbreen, a glacier in the King's
Bay area (Kongsfjorden) to illustrate a retreat of the glacier of
approximately 2 km in the past 80 years.
The glacier was connected to the peninsula Blomstrandhalvøya
(halvøya means peninsula) until 1992 but now there is a passage
of nearly 1km between Blomstrandhalvøya, which is now an island,
and the glacier's front.
Since 1960, the average retreat of that glacier has been about 35
m a year, accelerating in the last ten years. Greenpeace says other
glaciers in the area are showing an overall retreat.
International studies show that the explanation for the glacier retreat
in Svalbard is the global warming.