Climate activists hail oil divestments

NEWS ANALYSIS: After years of trying to steer the Norwegian government away from more investment in its oil industry, because of the damage it can cause to the climate and environment, activists on both fronts are glad that at least their politicians will listen when money talks. Climate advocates are delighted that Norway’s central bank […]

Lawsuit to halt oil exploration begins

Several former government ministers are among the plaintiffs when  a major lawsuit against the state gets underway in Oslo on Tuesday. The historic court case seeks to halt more oil exploration, and has been filed by environmental organizations Greenpeace and Nature and Youth, with the Grandparents Climate Campaign as intervenor. Among the grandparents objecting to […]

Warm-water fish show up in Norway

For the second time in a week, fish that thrive best in warm waters have been found beached in Norway. Scientists think they’re being carried north by warm currents, and note that such sightings are most common in the autumn. A group of children out on a midday excusion along the shore at Huk on […]

End of an era on Norway’s Svalbard

The Arctic territory of Svalbard has long been administered by Norway, with coal mining as it major source of income. Now Norway’s government has formally decided against bailing out the Svalbard coal mining operations it owns once again, marking the end of one era and, hope most involved, the beginning of another that will continue […]

Thousands protest high tolls into Oslo

Police estimated that nearly 4,000 people took part in noisy and even hostile demonstrations in Oslo Wednesday evening, first in front of City Hall and then in front of the Parliament, to protest a recent sharp increase in tolls for driving into the city. They called the new high tolls of as much as NOK […]

WWF leader takes new helm

Nina Jensen, who’s worked for environmental organization WWF for the past 15 years and most recently led it, is quitting to take over the helm of what’s billed as the world’s largest research and expedition vessel (REV). It’s financed by oil- and seafood tycoon Kjell Inge Røkke, but Jensen stressed she won’t be working for […]

Flood prevention funding reduced

The floodwaters that recently inundated many areas of Southern Norway have since receded, only to be replaced with a new flood of criticism against government officials. Last week’s state budget proposal contains a major reduction in funding for flood- and landslide prevention, just weeks after those responsible stressed the importance of such preventative measures. Norwegian […]

New, high tolls cut commuter traffic

The number of cars passing toll plazas into Oslo on Monday fell by 6 percent, according to local transport officials. The reduction was tied to a hefty increase in tolls took effect October 1, aimed at discouraging driving. Numbers collected from toll plazas in Oslo and suburban Bærum between 6:30 and 9am on Monday were […]

US pipeline opponents back in Oslo

A group of North American women representing the indigenous groups fighting construction of disputed pipeline projects in the US and Canada have been back in Oslo this week. They’re urging Norwegian politicians and financiers to cut all ties to the projects, but Norway’s sovereign wealth fund known as the Oil Fund was non-committal. Norwegian Broadcasting […]

‘Car Wars III,’ as Oslo strikes back

City politicians in Oslo launched their latest strike against motorists this week, part of their battle on three fronts to discourage driving. Commuters into the Norwegian capital got an expensive taste of what it now costs them to drive into Oslo during the morning and evening rush hours, with much higher tolls aimed at prodding […]