Articles by Christine F. Solbakken

  • Wood burning pollutes the urban air in Norway

    Around 45 per cent of the wood consumed in Oslo is burned in apartments. Thus, wood burning for residential heating, and the resulted particle emission, may have a much larger impact on air quality in Norwegian urban areas than previously thought.
  • Methane from the Arctic ocean stays put

    Methane gas released from the seabed during the summer months leads to an increased methane concentration in the ocean. Surprisingly, very little of the methane gas rising up through the sea appears to reach the atmosphere in the summer.
  • Seabirds are contaminated more by food than microplastics

    Microplastics are not a significant source of environmental pollutants in fulmars. Seabirds ingest most of these pollutants through food.
  • Air pollution from old ships reaches hazardous levels

    At Chittagong in Bangladesh, obsolete ships from around the world are run ashore on tidal beaches and scrapped on site. A new study shows that the sites have dangerously high airborne concentrations of old environmental pollutants such as PCBs.
  • Siloxanes: Soft, shiny – and dangerous?

    For the last decade, Norwegian scientists have had their eyes on the chemicals that make our hair shiny and our skin soft. Siloxanes have greased our daily life for many years, while slowly seeping out into our environment.
  • How much PCB does your body contain?

    The human body contains many contaminants. A new research project shows that data models can replicate measurements of PCB concentrations in individuals, and thus help scientists understand what happens with these contaminants in our bodies.
  • Traces of skin lotion found in Atlantic cod

    That nice, silky smooth feeling you get when you rub yourself with your favourite lotion, comes from maybe not so nice chemicals.

Christine F. Solbakken

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