For Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, a feeling of amazement came first, and then came the shudder. Like the head of the Norwegian energy company Statkraft, anyone who takes the tiny red funicular from the research base at Ny-Ålesund to the nearby Zeppelin Mountain has a breathtaking view of the Spitsbergen island in the northernmost part of Norway. Everything is white. Between the snow-covered peaks glaciers are visible in the Kongs Fjord. The research centers lying far below look like children’s toys.
The train ends at a wooden house, a good 470 meters above the fjord. Rynning-Tønnesen is taking part in a symposium at Ny-Ålesund that has brought scientists, politicians and executives together to discuss environmentally-friendly technologies. On Zeppelin Mountain, the energy executive wants to be shown how the researchers measure carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the environment… Read more