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Mercury pollution robs EU kids of billions

Global mercury pollution affects children’s brain functions and thus also their odds of getting a low-salary job. The total annual loss of life earnings amounts to €9 billion.

Man has affected the climate for 2,000 years

New research using ice cores from Greenland shows that mankind emitted greenhouse gases affecting the climate during the time of the Roman Empire.

Updated estimate for nitrogen losses in agriculture

Nitrogen leaching and runoff in agriculture is potentially harmful to the environment. A new report reveals that the overall estimate used in Norway to determine nitrogen losses from agriculture is lower than it should be.

Getting Arctic raw materials requires a gentle hand

We must be very careful if we want to preserve the Arctic region’s special natural environment and culture while ensuring that the coming raw materials boom doesn’t turn into a disaster.

Oilfields have reduced their methane emissions

Capturing methane-rich natural gas from oilfields has helped ensure that emissions of methane have been far lower than expected, a new study shows.

Research gives clean drinking water for millions of Vietnamese

Geological studies carried out by Danish researchers are giving hope to the millions of people in Southeast Asia who drink groundwater contaminated by arsenic – a highly poisonous substance.

Magnetic screw helps capture energy from waves

Wave energy is known for its great potential, but so far no-one has found the right way to exploit the movements of waves. Three newly qualified engineers have come up with a great suggestion

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.