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The oceans of tomorrow have floating islands

Rapid growth of the world’s population, especially in coastal regions, adds pressure on resources and land already approaching their physical limits. Scientists are designing platforms to combine industry and harbour activity with renewable energy, aquaculture and leisure.

Turning seaweed to biofuel

A Norwegian research group has been able to achieve bio-oil yields of 79 percent from a common kelp.

Hope for the climate, hope for clean air

Climate talks in New York last week have offered a glimmer of hope that the world’s political leaders finally understand the need to act to curb global warming.

Plastic solar cells see the light of day

In the future, you may be able to buy solar cells for your roof from a roll, by the metre.

Plans underway to power up with kites

Flying generators running on wind power can revolutionise the green energy sector. A Norwegian project has made a lot of headway.

Denmark aims to be rid of fossil fuels by 2050

The Earth's fossil fuels are running out and the planet is heavily burdened by CO2 emission. The Danish government has addressed this by setting an ambitious goal to end dependency on fossil fuels.

Universities recruit students from science conference

Universities have a lot to gain at Europe's largest science conference ESOF2014 -- even if they come all the way from Asia.

Norwegian elite support immigration

The social elite in Norway are more supportive of immigration than the rest of the country’s population. The elite are also very supportive of the welfare state, but not everyone with lots of money is thrilled with the redistribution of wealth.