Disney puts the spotlight on Svalbard

The nature film unit of entertainment giant Disney is preparing a new documentary on how climate change is affecting the Norwegian-administered Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. Part of the filming process, however, doesn’t seem particularly climate-friendly. Norwegian media has noted that Disney applied for, and received, permission for no less than 20 helicopter landings on various […]

Thin ice killed an environmental activist

UPDATED: Norwegian environmentalists were mourning the death this week of Kurt Oddekalv, long one of the country’s most high-profile and radical amongst them. Oddekalv was often referred to as an environmental “warrior.” His body was recovered by search and rescue crews after alarms were sounded late Monday that someone may have gone through the ice […]

‘Master plan’ for climate draws flak

The Norwegian government rolled out its new “master plan” for meeting climate goals on Friday, just a day after state meteorologists confirmed that last year was Norway’s warmest ever. The plan for cutting the emissions blamed for climate change met an immediate storm of criticism, but also some praise. Opposition parties complained that the government’s […]

Oslo and Bergen can ban fossil-fueled cars

City officials in Oslo and Bergen are planning to make life even more difficult for motorists without electric cars. They’ve won state approval to ban cars fueled by gasoline or diesel in certain neighbourhoods and, by 2030, everywhere within the city limits. It’s the latest extreme political initiative in the drive to make Oslo and […]

Arctic oil prevails over ‘The People’

Norway’s Supreme Court (Høyesterett) ruled in favour of the state on Tuesday in a long-running landmark case billed as pitting “The People vs Arctic Oil.” In this case, the state was not “The People” but instead the government-approved Arctic oil operations that once again won over Norwegians’ alleged constitutional rights to a healthy environment. It marked […]

Biden welcome, not his Arctic oil ban

The vast majority of Norway’s top and mostly liberal politicians welcomed the news this week that Joe Biden finally has been officially elected as the next US president. Most, however, are not at all keen on his proposal to stop oil drilling in the Arctic. Biden has said he intends to make climate issues a […]

Norway no longer ‘best place to live’

NEWS ANALYSIS: Oil has long fueled Norway’s hugely successful welfare state, but now it’s helped knock the country off the top of the UN’s annual list of the world’s best places to live, when adjusted for “planetary pressures.” The UN is now taking countries’ carbon footprints and their impact on consumption into account, and both are […]

New warmth records set in November

It’s never been so warm in Norway’s coastal town of Arendal in November as it was last month. State meteorologists registered warmth records elsewhere in the country as well, but the average temperature of 8.3C at Arendal’s Torungen Lighthouse was the highest since registration began in 1867. Other records were set on the island of […]

Cyclists equip themselves for winter

Avid cyclists in the Oslo area won’t let winter’s snow or ice slow them down. Nearly 3,000 of them have applied for financial incentives from the city to shift over to winter bike tires, so they can keep cycling to get around town over the next several months. “Oslo is really in a cycling boom,” […]

Norway pulls plug on el-car incentives

After years of encouraging Norwegians to buy electric cars, state and local politicians are now pulling the plug on some of their tax and road toll incentives. It soon won’t be nearly as advantageous to drive Teslas, Jaguars and other high-end models if the Labour and Socialist Left parties get their way. Labour had been […]