NILU - Norwegian Institute for Air Research

NILU is an independent, nonprofit institution established in 1969. Through its research NILU increases the understanding of processes and effects of climate change, of the composition of the atmosphere, of air quality and of hazardous substances. NILU is concerned with increasing public awareness about climate change and environmental pollution.

NILU’s 182 researchers, technicians and other experts are primarily commissioned by the Research Council of Norway and by Norwegian and international industry and government agencies. The institute takes an active part in the EU’s research programs.

News from NILU - Norwegian Institute for Air Research

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Volcanic ash detection technology tested on aircraft

    An infrared system that detects and informs about volcanic ash in the atmosphere has been tested on an Airbus A340.
  • Volcanic ash data saves European air traffic

    After a volcanic eruption in Iceland in May 2011, the Met Office in London warned that volcanic ash could represent a danger to air traffic in southern Norway. But Norwegian experts had their own satellite data and concluded that air traffic could resume as normal.
  • More harmful nitrogen dioxide in Norwegian cities

    Calculations show that particulate emissions from vehicles have decreased, while emissions of harmful nitrogen dioxide in Norwegian cities have increased.
  • New technology reveals unknown pollutants

    It is now possible to analyse organic pollutants in the atmosphere from an airplane at full speed, to study unknown chemical reactions in indoor air and to investigate a series of other dependencies of importance for environment and human health.

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