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 […]

Film star lobbies to protect Lofoten

Environmental activists in Norway were calling it “one of the greatest things that’s ever happened:” Film star Leonardo DiCaprio has taken up their campaign to protect the scenic waters around Lofoten from oil and gas exploration and production. DiCaprio made his appeal to protect Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja from oil and gas activity by posting […]

Airline traffic set to soar even more

As hundreds of thousands of people flew home for the holidays through Norwegian airports this week, aviation officials were announcing prospects for even more airline traffic in the years ahead. Climate and environmental advocates, however, are vowing turbulence in the hopes of grounding at least some of the traffic growth plans. Flights at Norway’s newly […]

Norway lowered its emissions

As an oil-and gas-producing nation, Norway has long been guilty of generating more carbon emissions at a time when other countries are cutting theirs. New numbers from state statistics bureau SSB this week showed that Norway now is finally making some reductions as well. Norwegian emissions have fallen by 6 percent from their peak in […]

Oil Fund turns ‘climate activist’

Risk assessments already being made by Norway’s huge sovereign wealth fund known as the Oil Fund may now help reverse climate change. The fund’s chief, Yngve Slyngstad, and Nowegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg played key roles at French President Emmanuel Macron’s “One Planet Summit” in Paris this week, with Slyngstad talking about how investors can […]

Aker Solutions wins new Statoil contracts

Aker Solutions emerged as the first big winner this week of contracts tied to development of Statoil’s long-delayed oil field Johan Castberg off the coast of Northern Norway. Aker Solutions, controlled by industrialist Kjell Inge Røkke, will deliver the subsea system to the field and design the top deck of the floating production and storage […]

Repairs ordered for seed vault entrance

Climate change has been creating challenges for the area leading into the world’s so-called “doomsday vault” for seed storage on Svalbard. Now the Norwegian agency in charge of state property and maintenance plans to renovate the vault’s entrance, after warmer temperatures have weakened the permafrost around it. State and local officials on Svalbard, the Arctic […]

‘Crazy,’ but the oil will keep gushing

NEWS ANALYSIS: It’s been less than two weeks since a major lawsuit popularly called “The People vs Arctic Oil” drew to a close in Oslo. Statoil didn’t wait for a verdict to move forward on Tuesday with more Arctic oil development that environmentalists promptly called “crazy.” As Norway’s oil minister also moved to open new […]

Politicians shamed into closing garage

Unpopular politicians at Oslo’s City Hall have been removing or taxing street parking while having access to free parking themselves at City Hall’s own garage. After a rash of public protests, City Council members from the Labour, Greens and Socialist Left parties now say they intend to start imposing parking fees on themselves and may […]

20,000 free parking spots to disappear

The City of Oslo started removing more free street parking on Monday. City officials are targeting the affluent west side district of Frogner first, with thousands more spots on the chopping block next year. All registered car owners in Oslo’s Frogner district received letters from the city less than two weeks ago, informing them that […]