Clean-up efforts set new record

It’s official: The numbers are in from the recent national effort to clean up Norway’s beaches, and more than 90,000 people took part, including the prime minister and royalty. That set a new record for the annual event that was launched in 2011. “I found a lot of plastic from boat ropes, which can break […]

Hydro’s production still cut in Brazil

Norwegian metals firm Norsk Hydro remains under court-imposed production cuts at its troubled aluminum plant in northern Brazil. A federal court has upheld the cuts, which have reduced Hydro’s production by half, on the grounds the plant still doesn’t have a functioning drainage system that can handle heavy rains. Hydro’s Alunorte plant has been disrupted […]

Oslo joins ban on helium balloons

Oslo’s city government has gone along with several other local governments around Norway in banning the sale of helium balloons during 17th of May festivities. “It’s entirely possible to have fun without gas balloons,” declared Lan Nguyen Berg, the top city politician in charge of environmental issues. Stavanger, Bergen, Haugesund, Tromsø and Fredrikstad are among […]

Sami protest windmill project

Demonstrators led by Sami reindeer herders blocked access to a construction site for what’s been billed as the largest windmill project in Europe this week. They claim the windmills at Storheia on the Fosen Peninsula in Trøndelag will violate the rights of Sami as an indigenous people, along with disturbing the natural environment. The protesters […]

Bans imposed on helium balloons

Several local governments around Norway have decided to ban the sale of helium balloons on the upcoming Constitution Day on the 17th of May. They contend the balloons contain pollutants and too often end up as garbage in the hills, forests or the sea. “If you let go of a helium balloon, it will probably […]

Supreme court won’t hear appeal against Arctic oil drilling

Norway’s highest court (Høyesterett) has refused to hear a direct appeal filed by environmental organizations that lost their attempt to halt oil exploration in the Barents Sea. The organizations aren’t giving up, though, and will now file their complaint according to normal procedure at the appeals court level. Greenpeace, Natur og Ungdom (Nature and Youth) […]

Ministry delays decision on Oil Fund investing

Finance Minister Siv Jensen doesn’t want Norway’s huge sovereign Oil Fund to invest in unlisted shares, but her ministry is still evaluating whether it could invest in so-called “unlisted infrastructure” such as solar energy parks or windmills projects, bridges, airports and hydroelectric plants. The ruling Conservative Party, with which Jensen’s Progress Party shares government power, […]

Hydro now denies polluting in Brazil

Large Norwegian aluminum company Norsk Hydro lashed back at its critics on Monday with two new reports claiming that it was not responsible for polluting water supplies near its Alunorte plant in Brazil. Hydro’s stock soared on the claims, up 6.62 percent at the close of trading in Oslo, but Brazilian authorities rejected them later […]

Hydro’s trouble deepens in Brazil

Large industrial firm Norsk Hydro hadn’t yet received the legal documents, but faces having to defend itself in a civil lawsuit over its alleged pollution of local water supplies around the large Alunorte aluminum refinery it owns and operates in northern Brazil. Local prosecutors are demanding the equivalent of nearly NOK 600 million (USD 77 […]

Norway to join the EU’s energy union

Norway maintained its track record of never invoking its right to veto EU initiatives when a large majority in Parliament voted on Thursday to join the EU’s controversial energy union. The vote came after a long and hard debate that split both the opposition and the Labour Party, which sided with the Conservatives-led government coalition. […]