DNA analyses reveal secrets about the Pacific oyster
Is oyster larvae drift across the Skagerrak the cause of wild oysters great increase? New DNA analyses provide insight into the origin of the first wild Norwegian sea oyster populations.
The Arctic is getting wetter
In the last few winters, the airport in Longyearbyen in Svalbard was often closed because of rain. One of the major issues climate researchers deal with is how precipitation changes as the temperatures are rising all over the Arctic.
Northern nature under stress
High northern latitudes are increasingly exposed to the combination of extreme winter climate and deposition of long-distance dispersed nitrogen pollution. These combined pressures may over time drive changes in plant composition and carbon uptake.
Developing climate-smart agriculture
How should India and other countries adapt their agricultural practices to a changing climate? Researchers explain how they go about when developing new rice growing technologies.
Climate change could lead to more Norwegian fruit
Norway is one of the northernmost countries where fruits and berries can be grown commercially. A warmer climate could provide better conditions.
Urgent need to phase out coal power
Coal power is one of the main causes why greenhouse gas emissions have risen at an unprecedented rate over the last 10 years. We can cut emissions using wind power, solar heat and power, highly efficient building shells and electric vehicles.
Expanding mountain forest promotes climate warming
Birch forest is currently expanding in mountain regions because of climate warming and reduced grazing pressure. A recent study shows that increased mountain forest promotes climate warming.
The climate profiteers of the insect world
Insects are among the organisms that will react most rapidly to climate change. They have a short generation span, they are very mobile, and their rate of development is directly impacted by temperature. This means that the development from egg to adult insect is much quicker when temperatures rise – a fact that may bode bad news for forestry.
Linking science and policy to adapt to climate change
Climate change will have an impact on the agriculture and water sectors and affect rice and other crop production in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu in India. A new research program aims to help.
An arctic animal community crashes in response to extreme weather events
What happens when animals in harsh environments are exposed to extreme weather? Scientists found that extreme icing caused widespread die-offs in one arctic animal community. Climate change may cause more such extremes.
Spruce and pine survived the last ice age in Norway
Spruce and pine were able to survive the last Ice Age in Norway, and thus have a much longer history here than was previously thought. These conifers are much hardier than researchers believed, and will be able to tolerate climate change more than previous research suggested.
What happens when the forest turns black?
For several years running, the birch forest moth has been wreaking havoc on vast areas of mountain birch forest in the Northern Norway. Scientists are now trying to find out what happens when the moth has eaten its fill.
Deciphering Svalbard’s climate history
At most times of year, you have to be prepared for very low temperatures when staying in Norway’s Arctic archipelago, Svalbard. But the weather is in fact much milder there today than it was in the 1800s. Ice cores drilled from Svalbard’s glaciers are providing important information on the history of its climate.