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Sep 9, 2013

Newsmaker: After softening, “Iron Erna” set to become Norway’s PM

OSLO (Reuters) – Erna Solberg, set to become Norway’s next prime minister, has transformed herself from a tough-minded “Iron Erna” into a softer Conservative more caring about voters’ jobs, health and schools.

Solberg, 52, even wrote a book in 2011 entitled “People, not Billions” that widened her appeal as leader of a right-wing party often criticised as more focused on tax cuts for the rich and businesses than on the welfare of ordinary Norwegians.

Sep 9, 2013

After softening, ‘Iron Erna’ set to become Norway’s PM

OSLO (Reuters) – Erna Solberg, set to become Norway’s next prime minister, has transformed herself from a tough-minded “Iron Erna” into a softer Conservative more caring about voters’ jobs, health and schools.

Solberg, 52, even wrote a book in 2011 entitled “People, not Billions” that widened her appeal as leader of a right-wing party often criticized as more focused on tax cuts for the rich and businesses than on the welfare of ordinary Norwegians.

Sep 6, 2013

Economic woes may mute impact of U.N. report saying warming manmade

OSLO/LONDON (Reuters) – The strongest scientific warning to date that global warming is man-made may have a muted impact when it is released later this month with many governments more focused on nursing weak economies than on fixing the planet.

Many are also still smarting from a failure to agree a global pact to fight climate change at a summit in Copenhagen in 2009 and wary of making bold promises under a new timetable meant to agree a global U.N. deal in 2015.

Aug 30, 2013

Special Report: Experimental climate fixes stir hopes, fears, lawyers

By Alister Doyle

(Reuters) – Last year the Haida, an indigenous group in Canada, set out to increase their salmon stocks and save the planet. Helped by American businessman Russ George, a group of villagers dumped 100 metric tons (110.23 tons) of iron dust from a boat into the Pacific Ocean.

They wanted to see if the iron would cause a bloom of algae that could promote fish numbers and absorb the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Aug 30, 2013

Experimental climate fixes stir hopes, fears, lawyers

By Alister Doyle

(Reuters) – Last year the Haida, an indigenous group in Canada, set out to increase their salmon stocks and save the planet. Helped by American businessman Russ George, a group of villagers dumped 100 tonnes of iron dust from a boat into the Pacific Ocean.

They wanted to see if the iron would cause a bloom of algae that could promote fish numbers and absorb the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Jun 17, 2013
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Religions seen slow to go green; Pope Francis has chance to inspire

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(Solar panels cover the roof of the Paul VI hall near the cupola of Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican November 26, 2008. REUTERS/Tony Gentile )

Few religious communities have gone as far in fighting climate change as a church in Queensland, Australia, which has 24 solar panels bolted to the roof in the shape of a Christian cross.

May 30, 2013

Big firms should report environmental impact : UN panel

UNITED NATIONS/OSLO (Reuters) – Big companies should report their impact on the environment in addition to their earnings under a U.N. plan to boost economic growth and ease poverty by 2030, according to recommendations by a panel of world leaders released on Thursday.

Slowing climate change and protecting the environment should be at the core of global development, said the 27-member panel, led by British Prime Minister David Cameron, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Apr 24, 2013

Metals recycling needs bigger role in product design: U.N

OSLO/LONDON (Reuters) – Designers of everything from mobile phones to electric car batteries should make their products far easier to recycle to offset soaring demand for metals, two United Nations reports recommended on Wednesday.

Products should be made to become “designer minerals” at the end of their lifetimes so they can more simply be broken up and stripped of metals ranging from copper to gold, according to the twin studies.

Mar 21, 2013

Pre-Viking tunic found by glacier as warming aids archaeology

OSLO (Reuters) – A pre-Viking woolen tunic found beside a thawing glacier in south Norway shows how global warming is proving something of a boon for archaeology, scientists said on Thursday.

The greenish-brown, loose-fitting outer clothing – suitable for a person up to about 176 cms (5 ft 9 inches) tall – was found 2,000 meters (6,560 ft) above sea level on what may have been a Roman-era trade route in south Norway.

Mar 13, 2013

Norway shows the way with electric cars, but at what cost?

OSLO, March 13 (Reuters) – Norway’s buzzing little market
for pure electric cars has in its very success shown the severe
drawbacks to a model that relies on public subsidies worth as
much as $8,200 per car, every year.

Car makers like Nissan, Mitsubishi,
Peugeot Citroen and Tesla Motors see Norway
and its 10,000 battery-powered vehicles as a reason for optimism
in otherwise gloomy terrain.