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 […]