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 […]

Norway sweltered in the record heat

A record warm weekend ended, in Oslo at least, with  some heavy local showers Sunday night. They didn’t cool things off much, though, as Norway Cup players tried to sleep in sweltering gymnasiums where thermometers have hit 45C (110F). The large Norway Cup international football tournament attracts thousands of young football players to Oslo every […]

Two East Barents wells come up dry

State-owned oil company Equinor is disappointed while climate activists are relieved: Norway’s Petroleum Directorate has reported that a second well drilled by Equinor and its partners in a once-promising portion of the eastern Barents Sea was “classified as dry,” and has now been “permanently plugged and abandoned.” The failure to find oil in the well drilled […]

‘Norway buys itself out of climate vow’

NEWS ANALYSIS: The timing was ironic at best: Norway’s state-owned oil company Equinor announced a new oil and gas discovery in the Norwegian Sea on Monday, just as the government was vowing to cut carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030. The government’s deal with the EU, however, will allow Norway to account for some […]

Blast ‘tragic’ for hydrogen vehicles

A major explosion at a hydrogen filling station west of Oslo on Monday has forced the shutdown of the few other such facilities currently to be found in Norway. That’s causing major problems for all owners of hydrogen vehicles, and for efforts to cut carbon emissions in the transport sector. “This is just tragic,” Ulf […]