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Help Remove Landmines From the Path of Peace in Colombia
[Norwaynews] [12.05.2016, 08:30pm, Thu. GMT]
Ferney Cifuentes, like so many Colombian children from his area, was helping his father herd cattle in Montecristo in January 2015 when a violent blast lifted the Earth and sent shrapnel flying.

The 14-year-old had stepped on a landmine. His death -- tragically -- was not unique. More than 11,000 Colombians have been wounded or killed by landmines and other unexploded ordnance in the past quarter century.

Landmines are singularly dangerous because they can lay dormant for years, only to kill and maim innocent people without warning. In Colombia last year, 285 people, including 40 children, were killed by landmines, a toll surpassed only by Afghanistan. At current mine clearance rates, decades will pass before the country is mine free.
United Nations Top Climate Change Official Welcomes Solheim
[Norwaynews] [13.05.2016, 07:18pm, Fri. GMT]
The United Nations’ top climate change official, Christiana Figueres, welcomed the confirmation today of Norwegian Erik Solheim as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and applauded the work of the programme’s outgoing head.

The confirmation was announced by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York, after his nomination was elected by the UN General Assembly.

“The world is facing unprecedented environmental challenges, demanding serious, capable leaders on many fronts,” said Ms. Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. “The United Nations has such a leader for its top environment post in Erik Solheim.”

Mr. Solheim is currently Chair of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. He was Norway's Minister for the Environment and International Development from 2007 to 2012 and Minister for International Development from 2005 to 2007. He will take over from Achim Steiner, who has led UNEP since 2006.
Norwegian company collects 8,000 kg of old fishing nets in Malta, avoiding disposal at sea
[Norwaynews] [10.04.2016, 06:14pm, Sun. GMT]
New research shows that each year as much as 20 million tons of plastic end up in seas and over 100,000 animals die from the harmful effect of plastic and trash in oceans. This was the main reason why Norwegian company Nofir AS decided to spread activity around European coastline. In spring 2016 the company started action in Malta focused on collecting and recycling discarded fishing equipment, which is a big problem in this country. The company has already collected more than 8,000 kg of fishing nets on this area.
Norway is officially the world's best country
[Norwaynews] [18.12.2015, 04:24am, Fri. GMT]
"The HDI was created to emphasize that people and their capabilities should be the ultimate criteria for assessing the development of a country, not economic growth alone". Each year, the United Nations ranks countries on their HDI (Human Development Index), which measures countries in education, life expectancy and income/standard of living - and it seems that Norway is knocking it out of the park, year-on-year.
Norwegian Pirate Party Sets Up Free DNS to Avoid Pirate Bay Ban
[Norwaynews] [08.09.2015, 06:19pm, Tue. GMT]
The Norwegian Pirate Party has launched its own free DNS service, so Norwegians can access The Pirate Bay, a website recently blocked in the country. At the start of September, a Norwegian court ordered local ISPs to block access to a series of piracy-related sites that included The Pirate Bay, ExtraTorrent, Viooz, Prime Wire, Swefilmer, DreamfilmHD, and Movie4k.
Island Life in Norway
[Norwaynews] [09.07.2015, 07:47am, Thu. GMT]
Over the last 15 years I've worked and lived in Norway as an archaeologist. Most of this work involved working along the coast or on one of the numerous islands that hug the coastline. My work there began within academic research, but soon I became involved in some very large industrial projects, like the construction of natural gas refineries or deepwater ports where archaeological excavation was needed. My most recent work engagement required living five months on the island of Haramsøya, located in the municipality of Haram in a region of western Norway known as Sunnmøre.
Airports in Norway Dump Legacy Systems for Cloud
[Norwaynews] [09.07.2015, 07:24am, Thu. GMT]
Cloud implementations come in all shapes and sizes. The Norwegian airport operator Avinor has decided to ditch its legacy systems and move to a cloud platform called ACUS, which is short for Airport Common Use Service. The use of cloud within the aviation industry has received a tremendous amount of press over the years. In fact, in early 2014, CloudWedge published a story posing the question, “Could the Cloud Help Find Flight MH370?”
Norway continues to lead global electric vehicle market
[Norwaynews] [09.07.2015, 07:12am, Thu. GMT]
Norway remains at the forefront of electric vehicle sector when it comes to market share but volumes remain highest in the US and China. That’s the finding of the new IHS Automotive Plug-in Electric Vehicle Index, which ranks the market share of plug-in electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle registrations in a given quarter for eight countries.
Norwegian Parliament Set to Ban Coal Investments
[Norwaynews] [28.05.2015, 08:17pm, Thu. GMT]
On May 27th, the Finance Committee of the Norwegian Parliament issued a unanimous recommendation to divest the country’s sovereign wealth fund from the coal industry. The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global is not only the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund; it is also one of the top ten investors in the global coal industry.
Norwegian parliament votes on new climate change law
[Norwaynews] [24.03.2015, 03:48pm, Tue. GMT]
Norway’s parliament will tomorrow vote on plans to create the country’s first flagship climate change law by the summer of 2017. The proposal, submitted by Christian Democrats and Green Party, recommends Norway model a law on the UK’s 2008 Climate Change Act.
Demand for renewable energy surges in 2014
[Norwaynews] [13.02.2015, 06:51pm, Fri. GMT]
Oslo - The European market for renewable energy, documented with Guarantees of Origin, increased by 26.5 % in 2014 compared to 2013. For the first time, the demand surpassed 300 TWh states the statistics from the Association of Issuing Bodies (AIB). This is nearly one tenth of all electricity demand in Europe (ca. 3,300 TWh) and one third of all electricity from renewable sources in Europe (ca. 900 TWh). “These encouraging statistics suggest a breakthrough for Guarantees of Origin, and an increasing momentum for renewable energy consumption overall”, says Tom Lindberg, Managing Director of ECOHZ.
Norway head UN environment agency
[Norwaynews] [04.05.2016, 11:25am, Wed. GMT]
Norway's former minister for the environment and international development, Erik Solheim, was appointed on Tuesday to head the UN Environment Programme.

Solheim, 61, worked at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as head of the development assistance committee.
He served as Norway's minister for the environment and international development from 2007 to 2012.

The former minister will replace Achim Steiner who has been executive director of Nairobi-based UNEP for the past ten years.
Norway’s Whaling Program Just Got Even More Controversial
[Norwaynews] [31.03.2016, 09:53pm, Thu. GMT]
So few people in Norway want to eat whale meat that it’s ending up in the feed manufactured for animals on fur farms, according to a new document released by the Environmental Investigation Agency, a London-based nonprofit, and the U.S.-based Animal Welfare Institute. The document shows that more than 113 metric tons of minke whale products—equivalent to about 75 whales—was bought or used by Rogaland Pelsdyrfôrlaget, the largest manufacturer of animal feed for Norway’s fur industry.
Norway appoints new climate change minister after Cabinet reshuffle
[Norwaynews] [16.12.2015, 02:03pm, Wed. GMT]
Norway on Wednesday appointed the prime minister’s chief of staff, Vidar Helgesen, as its new climate change minister in a Cabinet reshuffle that saw former climate minister Tine Sundtoft left out in the cold. The move came just days after Sundtoft helped pull off the Paris climate change agreement by co-chairing a facilitator group on long-term ambition at the UN talks.
Norway wants all new cars to be electric in 15 years
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2015, 07:22am, Mon. GMT]
The Northern European country Norway is looking to reduce its carbon footprint with 40% by 2025 and has a plan for its goal. Ola Elvestuen, a member of the Norwegian Parliament and chairman of the Standing Committee on Energy, stated at a conference in Portland, Oregon last week, that Norway is set to reduce its carbon emissions and that it is implementing a series of policies to do that.
Norway leads global electric vehicle market
[Norwaynews] [09.07.2015, 07:30am, Thu. GMT]
Norway continues to lead the global electric vehicle/plug-in hybrid vehicle market, according to recent analysis by IHS Automotive, a third-party automotive market intelligence firm. In first quarter 2015, Norway ranked first on the new IHS Automotive Plug-in Electric Vehicle Index, which ranks the market share of plug-in electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) registrations in a given quarter for eight countries.
Norway has built a ‘highway’ for bees
[Norwaynews] [09.07.2015, 07:19am, Thu. GMT]
It's well-known that bees and their process of pollination play an important part in global food production, and scientists have been concerned for years about the rapidly decreasing numbers of bee populations. So, one environmental group in Norway has done something a bit unique to help address the problem. They have built what is called the world's first highway for bees in the capital city of Oslo. It's not typical highway like you'd picture in your mind, but rather a series of safe spots on rooftops that allow bees to move through the city.
Norway made animal rights history !
[Norwaynews] [12.06.2015, 03:03pm, Fri. GMT]
Norway's largest organization for animal rights, NOAH, has challenged various faiths in Norway on what their teachings say about keeping animals in small cages whole life just for fur. Religious communities thanks NOAH for an important challenge, treated thoroughly internally before they responded. A wide range of religious organizations found it ethically unacceptable to treat animals as foxes and mink in the fur industry are treated.
Airlines Implement Further Security Measures
[Norwaynews] [28.03.2015, 08:34am, Sat. GMT]
Lowcost airlines easyJet, Air Transat and Norwegian Air Shuttle have announced a change in the rules for pilots during flights. According to the rule amendments, there should always be two crew members in the cockpit. Whenever one of the pilots needs to leave, the main air hostess will substitute them. The measures enter into force Friday, as announced by AFP information agency.
Global implications of Arctic climate change
[Norway] [20.03.2015, 10:45am, Fri. GMT]
We have to commit to effective action to control climate change. The place where we can make decisive strides to that effect is Paris, at the UN Climate Conference in December, said Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr.  Børge Brende in his statement at the conference in Paris.
Wood Mackenzie values world class Johan Sverdrup field at US$11.2 billion
[Norwaynews] [13.02.2015, 06:45pm, Fri. GMT]
On Friday 13th February, Statoil and the field partners reached a final investment decision (FID) for the 2.35 billion barrel Johan Sverdrup oil field in the Norwegian North Sea. The field, discovered in 2010, is a major success story for Norway, and is the crowning achievement of its successful rejuvenation of exploration in more mature areas.
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