Power plant closure ‘great’ for climate

Norway’s biggest oil and energy company, Statoil, was finally being hailed on Tuesday after it announced that it was shutting down its gas-fueled power plant at Mongstad on the country’s west coast. The plant has been hugely controversial since even before it opened in 2010, it has generated heavy losses for Statoil, and its closure set for the end of next year […]

‘The People’ won in mock trial over Arctic oil

Just days before a landmark legal challenge to oil activity in Norway’s Arctic won a date in court, a mock trial on the controversial issue was carried out during an annual cultural event in the northern Norwegian city of Kirkenes. After three days of staged court hearings, the people wanting to halt Arctic oil activity won […]

Arctic drilling suit heads for court

UPDATED: Environmental organizations Greenpeace and Natur og Ungdom (Nature and Youth) have won a court date for Norway’s first climate case, aimed at halting oil drilling and production in the Norwegian Arctic. Their breakthrough comes just after three oil companies announced their discovery of large oil and gas deposits in the Barents Sea and the government’s […]

New national park plans stalled in Parliament

Plans to create two new national parks, one in the hills and forests just east of Oslo called Østmarka, have been voted down by a majority on the Parliament’s energy and environmental committee. Proponents, however, claim they’re not giving up on the projects. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported during the weekend that the two government parties (the […]

DNB ‘shamed’ again over Dakota pipeline

Major Norwegian bank DNB is fending off more trouble over its involvement in the highly controversial Dakota Access Pipeline project in the US. An equally controversial decision by new US President Donald Trump to restart work on the pipeline has put DNB’s financing of it in question once again. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported just before the weekend that environmental […]

Sami still standing with Standing Rock

News this week that US President Donald J Trump plans to defy Native Americans and resume construction of the disputed Dakota Access Pipeline has prompted Norway’s indigenous people, the Sami, to reaffirm their support for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Nation. Sami from all over Norway along with Sweden and Finland have gathered in Trondheim […]

Solberg faces more opposition over the Arctic

Business, political and environmental leaders gathered in Tromsø this week, along with indigenous peoples and researchers, for the annual Arctic Frontiers conference. It was opened by Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who later encountered opposition from those who don’t think her own Arctic policies are sustainable. Solberg believes it’s possible to “find a balance” between protecting […]

Stunning sunsets ‘a scream in nature’

As sunshine broke through thick morning fog over the Oslo Fjord on Tuesday, residents may be able to later witness more of the spectacular sunsets that caught lots of attention in the Norwegian capital last week. While stunning to watch, state meteorologists warned that the reason for the phenomenon isn’t as beautiful. Social media has been full […]

Diesel ban extended, no fines issued yet

UPDATED: A combination of cold, still winter weather and poor air quality prompted Oslo city officials to enforce a ban on diesel-driven vehicles in the Norwegian capital for the first time ever. Those caught driving a diesel vehicle on city-owned streets face a fine of NOK 1,500 (USD 176). The diesel ban was initially put […]

Labour’s love lost on Lofoten debate

Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre has finally confirmed that Norway’s scenic Lofoten islands need some tender loving care, with parts of their offshore waters protected from oil exploration and production. His jobs-minded party, however, isn’t extending full protection to other nearby areas, and that means few apart from Støre himself are happy with a proposed compromise announced this week. “This is an especially […]