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Skaftafellsjökull.

Photo Series Shows Glacier Disappear

A series of photos, taken by Guðmundur Ögmundsson, Skaftafell National Park manager in the past five years, shows in a striking way how Skaftafellsjökull glacier, an outlet glacier from Vatnajökull glacier, has receded.

Alex Bellini.

Adventurer to Cross Glacier and Drift with Ice

Italian adventurer Alex Bellini is planning to plant a capsule in a drift ice in Greenland next winter and live inside it for one year to study and raise awareness of climate change. One January 20 he will launch a solo crossing of Vatnajökull glacier on skis.

Sólheimajökull glacier in South Iceland.

Agreement Breaks Silence on Climate

Member of Parliament Svandís Svavarsdóttir, a member of the Left Green Movement and former minister for the environment, believes the Paris Climate Agreement has brought climate issues back into the discussion in Iceland, after silence regarding the issue before last parliamentary elections.

Sólheimajökull.

Video of Sólheimajökull Glacier Receding

During the UN Climate Conference (COP21) in Paris, the US White House plans to post photos on its website illustrating the effects of climate change. The first such photo is of Sólheimajökull glacier, South Iceland.

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

Arctic Circle Opens

President Ólaf­ur Ragn­ar Gríms­son this morning opened the Arctic Circle Conference at Harpa concert hall.

beach

Iceland to Decrease Emissions by 40 Percent

The government of Iceland announced their climate goals this week ahead of the World Climate Summit in Paris in December. Iceland will be joining Norway and the EU in decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030, compared to their status in 1990.

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.

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.

A farm in Northeast Iceland.

Progressive Party Welcomes Global Warming

In a draft resolution to be presented at this weekend’s bi-annual congress of the Progressive Party, which is chaired by Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, global warming is described as bringing “exciting” opportunities.

Fishing ship in Neskaupstaður, East Iceland.

Capelin Now Caught off Southeast Iceland

The behavior of capelin is still considered to be strange, even though parts of the fish stock has now migrated to its usual grounds off Southeast Iceland. The fish can also be found in large quantities off North Iceland. It lingered there for a longer time than usual this season.

President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson (left) and Prime Minister of Bhutan Tshering Tobgay at a conference in Bhutan in Feburary 2015

Iceland’s President Talks Climate Change in Bhutan

President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson said in a speech at the Himalaya-Third Pole Circle in Thimphu, Bhutan, yesterday that it is important to strengthen cooperation on research and data gathering on climate change research between the countries in the Himalayan region as well as between...

SO2 pollution cloud from the Holuhraun eruption, seen from Reykjavík

Thick Pollution Layer from the U.S. over Iceland

A 1-km (3,280-feet) thick pollution layer which originated from the U.S. East Coast was detected by coincidence at an altitude of 5 km above the Holuhraun eruption site on January 22. Pollution from North America has never been confirmed in the atmosphere above Iceland before.

Sólheimajökull glacier, South Iceland

Glacial Melt Lifts Iceland, Triggers Eruptions

Climate change is causing 11 billion tons of glacial ice to melt in Iceland every year. The glacial melt, which is happening at a faster rate than earlier believed, results in an annual uplift of 35 mm (1.4 in), as a new study concluded. This may lead to more frequent volcanic eruptions.

Reykjavík

Reykjavík Climate Walk Highlights Challenges

About 300 people gathered for the Loftslagsganga (‘Climate Walk’) in Reykjavík on Sunday. The walk was part of an initiative organized by the global movement Peoples Climate March, calling for the restriction of greenhouse gas emissions.

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