Hydro apologizes for spills in Brazil

Norwegian industrial firm Norsk Hydro has revealed more cases of spills from its aluminum plant in Brazil, and apologized for what may have fouled the water supply for those living nearby. The company faces fines and regulatory restrictions at its Alunorte plant, along with questions and criticism at home in Norway. “We have discharged untreated […]

Statoil moves away from ‘state’ and ‘oil’

Norway’s state-controlled oil company Statoil has decided that its name has become “too narrow” and is thus launching an expensive project to change it to “Equinor.” Others contend the company is trying to distance itself from both its state ownership and its often controversial core business, to promote a greener, more equitable image instead. “This […]

Sparks fly over the EU energy union

Debate over whether Norway should join the EU’s new energy union, and thus subject itself to EU market regulation, was reaching fever pitch this week. The issue has divided not only the Parliament but also the already-weakened Labour Party, as fears rise over the potential for much higher electricity rates that would hurt not only […]

New warmth record in the Arctic

While mainland Norway and much of Europe have been shivering through one of the coldest winters in years, it’s been the warmest ever registered in the Arctic. There’s also never been so little ice and so much open sea. “This is just completely wild,” Mark Serreze, leader of the US’ National Snow and Ice Data […]

London ‘el-cabs’ gear up for Oslo streets

A specially-designed London taxi made its debut on Oslo’s streets last week and more may be rolled out soon. The new version of the iconic London black cab is electric, features Norwegian components and already has won the interest of at least one local taxi operator. “Norway is an interesting market for us,” Phil Henrick, […]

Climate concerns prompt an appeal

Environmental organizations Greenpeace and Natur og Ungdom  aren’t accepting defeat in an Oslo city court, announcing on Monday that they will appeal for a halt to Arctic oil drilling directly to Norway’s highest court. They continue to claim that expanded oil activity in the Arctic violates Norwegian constitutional guarantees to protect nature and the environment […]

First electric seaplane may fly this spring

Tomas Brødreskift, a 36-year-old resident of Oslo, is believed to be the first to have built an electric seaplane. The industrial designer hopes it can become an environmentally friendly alternative to other means of transport in Norway, which has a long coastline and a lot of seas. “Just think about a network of efficient and […]

Oslo threatened to ban all ‘fossil’ cars

UPDATED: The City of Oslo, under state orders to beef up plans for cutting emissions in the Norwegian capital, was reportedly considering a ban Thursday morning on all vehicles fueled by both gasoline (petrol) and diesel by 2024. The goal is to improve air quality in the city that’s ringed by hills on three sides, […]

Tesla meets some trouble in Norway

Tesla electric cars remain wildly popular in Norway, not least because of major tax incentives on zero-emission cars in the country, but not all owners are happy. One man who bought a Tesla Model X claims a rear door has suddenly opened when temperatures dipped down to zero, while a group of investors are moving […]

Environmentalists lost against state

It was dubbed as “The People vs Arctic Oil,” and the people lost. Environmental organizations that sued the Norwegian government for opening up its Arctic territory to more oil and gas activity announced they’d been defeated in court on Thursday, but still think their battle to protect sensitive Arctic areas has been worth it. “We […]