Hydro admits to spills in Brazil

Norwegian industrial firm Norsk Hydro has confirmed a series of unlicensed “release” of what it calls “excess rainwater” from its large aluminum plant in Brazil last month. Others including newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) call the release “ulovlige utslipp” (illegal spills) that are suspected of having polluted local water supplies and left the Oslo-based company dealing with […]

Hydro accused of pollution in Brazil

Oslo-based industrial firm Norsk Hydro is fending off accusations that its Hydro Alunorte aluminum plant in northern Brazil has polluted water sources used by the local population. After initially denying the accusations, Hydro has formed an “expert task force” to review the situation, and stresses that it is cooperating with “all relevant authorities.” Both local […]

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 […]

Complaints rise over Russian air pollution

Russia’s controversial smelter at Nikel, just over the border southeast of Kirkenes, has been a bone of contention for years. It’s been belching up more air pollution than ever this summer, and the local mayor is fed up. “Pollution from Nikel must stop,” Kirkenes Mayor Rune Rafaelsen told The Independent Barents Observer earlier this month. Now he […]

Cold weather sets off smog alerts

Both Bergen and Oslo were reporting unusually high levels of air pollution again this week, as freezing temperatures and a lack of wind trapped everything from exhaust particles to chimney smoke. In Oslo, police were summoned to demand that parked trucks used by the crew filming The Snowman movie turn off their engines. “We were caught […]

Norway found guilty of poor urban air quality

The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) has found Norway guilty of violating the EU’s air quality directive, after registering widespread local air pollution in Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim. Areas of Østlandet, Vestlandet and central Norway were also cited. Norway’s own national federation against asthma and allergies had reported the poor air quality to EFTA officials after they didn’t think […]