Solheim leaves SV for the Greens

Norway’s Greens Party doesn’t seem to mind that Erik Solheim, their newest high-profile member, lost his job as head of the UN’s environmental program and now works for one of Norway’s oil tycoons. They like the fact that the political veteran thinks the Greens can become Norway’s new “party of the people.” Newspaper VG reported […]

Road tolls can cost the state dearly

Finance Minister Siv Jensen’s Progress Party reignited the Norwegian government’s internal battle over bompenger (road tolls) on Sunday. The ongoing battle is still threatening to unravel Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s conservative coalition, as confusion and uncertainty reign just weeks before local elections. It’s the local governments around Norway that actually set road tolls in their own […]

Conflict erupts over rain forest funding

Ten years of funding rain forest preservation efforts in the Amazon, as a means of battling climate change, has suddenly left Norwegian officials disappointed and subjected to ridicule by the new president of Brazil. Jair Bolsonaro’s right-wing government has in practice allowed rapid deforestation, prompting Norway to follow Germany this week in withholding more rain […]

Tempers rise over Greens’ ‘socialism’

Morning radio listeners got an earfull on Thursday, when the ever-provocative deputy leader of Norway’s conservative Progress Party, Sylvi Listhaug, accused the Greens Party of furthering socialism and “nanny state” policies aimed at “tearing down” much of what Norway has built up for generations. “Utter nonsense,” retorted her counterpart from the Greens, Arild Hermstad, during […]

Electric plane crashed into lake

Norway’s much-hyped and only electric aircraft lost power while making the latest in a round of promotional flights on Wednesday. At the helm was the head of Norway’s state airports agency, who survived the crash unscathed along with a top politician flying with him. Avinor chief Dag Falk-Petersen admitted to Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that ending […]

Oslo ‘to be emissions-free by 2030’

Norway’s municipal election campaign is underway, with incumbent politicians in Oslo promising that they’ll make the Norwegian capital emissions-free by 2030. Critics question whether that’s realistic. Oslo’s Labour Party-led government coalition that includes the Socialist Left and Greens parties invited reporters and others on a tram ride Friday, during which they announced ambitious goals. All […]

More floods and slides in the forecast

Norwegian researchers and meteorologists are once again warning of more torrential rain, floods and landslides in the years to come. Extreme weather will be common by the year 2100,  they say, also in areas where landslides and flooding currently are not. “It’s just going to get worse over the whole country,” Bernt G Apeland, secretary […]

‘Food production must be changed’

Norwegians must join the rest of the world in eating less meat, and stop developing untouched natural areas, declared Norway’s government minister in charge of climate and environmental issue on Thursday. Ola Elvestuen was reacting to the UN Climate Panel’s report that calls for radical changes in how food is produced. The report stresses that […]

Freak rainstorm cut Oslo in two

State meteorologists are blaming climate change for a freak rainstorm in Oslo late Saturday night. It came suddenly and forcefully, but only cut through the center of town, leaving areas on the eastern and western sides of the capital dry. Meteorologists got no warning of the fierce rainstorm that flooded many downtown streets until less […]

Glaciers melting at an alarming rate

Researchers, especially one who has studied Norway’s second-largest glacier for the past 20 years, are sounding new alarms over how glaciers are melting. “It’s only going downhill with the glaciers,” Miriam Jackson, who recently paid another visit to an important arm of the glacier Svartisen in Nordland County. Jackson, a glaciologist and researcher at Norway’s state […]