News 2015 - June

Sólheimajökull glacier, South Iceland

Iceland’s Glaciers May Expand after Snowy Winter

After the unusually heavy snowfall last winter—20 to 30 percent more snow fell compared to the average winter in the past 20 years—Iceland’s glaciers may expand for the first time in two decades, according to glaciologist Þorsteinn Þorsteinsson at the Icelandic Met Office.

Reykjavík Pride 2014.

Reykjavík Funds LGBT Rights Education

Representatives of the City of Reykjavík and LGBT rights association Samtökin ’78 signed an agreement on Friday including a funding of ISK 15 million (USD 113,000, EUR 102,000) for three years to the association for organizing LGBT rights education in the city’s elementary schools.

Icelandic sheep

Shearing in Cold Weather May Explain Sheep Death

A difficult winter, shearing in cold weather and poor-quality food may explain the extensive death of sheep in Iceland last winter and spring. Veterinarian Sigurður Sigurðsson, who has investigated the sheep deaths, stated that many factors had contributed to the situation.

gavel as used in courts

Iceland Shaken Baby Case Reopened

The Icelandic Ministry of the Interior’s Appeal Committee has determined on Friday that the case of Sigurður Guðmundsson, who in 2003 was convicted for having caused an infant’s death by shaking him violently, is to be reopened

Eclipse at Jökulsárlón

Iceland to Reveal Paris Climate Summit Goals This Week

The Icelandic government’s priorities for the UN climate change summit to be held in Paris next year will be presented to the public this week. The country’s environment minister says Iceland will most likely subscribe to the same set of goals Norway and the EU have proposed.