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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.

Mar 12, 2013

Norway’s Arctic idyll shivers at oil plans

SVOLVAER, Norway (Reuters) – Oil companies seeking new Arctic areas for exploration face a battle with environmentalists, fishermen and hotel owners over Norwegian islands where jagged snow-capped peaks rise sheer from the sea.

With oil production falling to a 25-year low this year and the state depending on oil revenues, Norway’s ruling Labour Party is warming to drilling in Lofoten’s pristine waters, setting up the issue as the year’s biggest political fight ahead of elections in September.

Mar 8, 2013

Norway drops Asian palm oil firms in show of green credentials

OSLO, March 8 (Reuters) – Norway’s $710 billion sovereign
wealth fund has pulled out of 23 Asian palm oil companies after
accusing them of causing deforestation, winning praise from
environmentalists.

It said it sold stakes in the firms after a review of
companies that have cleared forests for palm oil plantations in
Malaysia and Indonesia. Palm oil is used in many foods and
consumer goods such as soaps, lipstick and peanut butter.

Jan 21, 2013

Curbing climate change will cost $700 billion a year: report

OSLO (Reuters) – The world must spend an extra $700 billion a year to curb its addiction to fossil fuels blamed for worsening floods and heat waves and rising sea levels, a study issued by the World Economic Forum (WEF) showed on Monday.

As government and business leaders prepare to meet at the forum in Davos, Switzerland this week, the world’s nations are divided over who should pay for lowering emissions of greenhouse gases blamed for a growing number of extreme weather events.

Jan 9, 2013

Libya to secure oil ports after disruptions -oil min

TRIPOLI, Jan 9 (Reuters) – Libya’s oil ministry has reached
agreement with the country’s army chief and defence and interior
ministries to secure exporting terminals, Oil Minister Abdelbari
Al-Arusi said, after several protests have caused shipping
disruptions.

Oil installations have become a focal point of protests in
OPEC member Libya in the wake of July polls that ushered in the
North African country’s first elected authorities.

Dec 17, 2012

‘Peak farmland’ is here, crop area to diminish -study

OSLO, Dec 17 (Reuters) – The amount of land needed to grow
crops worldwide is at a peak, and a geographical area more than
twice the size of France will be able to return to its natural
state by 2060 as a result of rising yields and slower population
growth, a group of experts said on Monday.

Their report, conflicting with United Nations studies that
say more cropland will be needed in coming decades to avert
hunger and price spikes as the world population rises above 7
billion, said humanity had reached what it called “Peak
Farmland”.

Dec 17, 2012

“Peak farmland” is here, food crop area to fall -study

OSLO, Dec 17 (Reuters) – The amount of land needed to grow
crops worldwide is at a peak and an area more than twice the
size of France can return to nature by 2060 due to rising yields
and slower population growth, a group of experts said on Monday.

The report, conflicting with U.N. studies that say more
cropland will be needed in coming decades to avert hunger and
price spikes as the world population rises beyond 7 billion,
said humanity had reached what it called “Peak Farmland”.

Dec 14, 2012

Human link to climate change stronger than ever – draft report

LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) – International climate scientists
are more certain than ever that humans are responsible for
global warming, rising sea levels and extreme weather events,
according to a leaked draft report by an influential panel of
experts.

The early draft, which is still subject to change before a
final version is released in late 2013, showed that a rise in
global average temperatures since pre-industrial times was set
to exceed 2 degrees Celsius by 2100, and may reach 4.8 Celsius.