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Pollution

Detecting oil spills with satellite

How to discern between a slick of oil pollution and harmless layer of microorganisms from an algal bloom? Bombard it with a radar from a satellite!

Locating hazardous substances

Large areas of the seabed in a Norwegian fjordsystem are polluted with hazardous substances. To remedy this, researchers have developed models that point out the worst patches of the seabed.

Bright spots in the environmental gloom

The climate crisis can seem insolvable, but since the 1970s we have actually solved some of our major environmental challenges.

Vietnamese farmers smell health risk of faeces

Vietnamese farmers fertilise the soil by spreading human excrement on the fields with their bare hands. But it is only the smell they believe to be a health risk.

Diesel fumes can affect a foetus for generations

Diesel engine particles can make DNA mutate over generations, mouse trials show. Humans may also be affected.

Dilemmas of mining

The mining industry wants to extract the valuable metals and minerals that can be found in Norwegian mountains, but what to do about the huge amount of waste?

Skin care chemicals end up in your blood - and in the Arctic

Many skin care products contain a variety of chemical substances with partially unknown and possibly harmful effects, and these chemicals not only affect your skin.

Risk of asthma added

Cleaning products and paints increase the risk of asthma and allergies in children.

Yo-Yo dieter with eiderdown

The common eider is a yo-yo dieter. This can make the sea duck vulnerable to environmental toxins and disease both on the Svalbard Archipelago and along the Norwegian coast.

Now we can learn more about chemicals in the body

Now it will be much easier to examine the effects of chemical substances on humans, thanks to a new computer model which compares data from all over the world.