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Reykjavík Proposes Environmental Protections

The City of Reykjavík has requested for the island of Akurey in Kollafjörður and the saltmarshes in Grafarvogur to be nationally protected. This is one of several recommendations in the newly-published strategy on biodiversity in the capital region in the coming decade.

Staudamm.

Dam Debate: People vs. Nature?

The environmental NGO Landvernd has sent the Icelandic parliament its reaction to the recent parliamentary proposal on the classification of new power plant developments in the third stage of the national Master Plan on the subject.

Lake Mývatn.

Sh*t Happens in Mývatn

According to the CEO of Landvernd, the Icelandic Environment Association, hotel owners who profit from their proximity to Mývatn lake, North Iceland, are allowed to profit at the cost of the lake without the intervention of institutions whose role it is to protect the lake’s surroundings.

Jökulsárlón

Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon in State’s Ownership

District Commissioner in South Iceland Anna Birna Þráinsdóttir stated yesterday that the Icelandic state’s preemption right to acquire Fell, the land to which part of Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon belongs, had not expired after all on January 9 when the state announced its decision.

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.

Jökulsárlón

Iceland May Lose Out on Glacial Lagoon

The Icelandic state announced on Monday its intention to acquire the private land Fell in Suðursveit, to which part of the famous glacial lagoon Jökulsárlón in Southeast Iceland belongs. However, the acquisition may be up in the air because it appears that the deadline for the state to use its...

United Silicon, Helguvík.

Silicon Smelter Fumes Cause Concern

The United Silicon metal smelter in Helguvík, Southwest Iceland, is making the headlines again, this time after Stundin released a video of dust being released from the building in the dark of night.

Eggs.

Eggs Thrown in Wrong Direction

Following the egg farm scandal last week, in which a farm marketed as eco-friendly was found to be over-crowded and infested with mice, some Icelanders expressed their anger Friday by using eggs as weapons.

Minister for the Environment Sigrún Magnúsdóttir.

Environment Associations Take Minister to Court

The environment associations Landvernd and Fjöregg are taking Icelandic Minister for the Environment Sigrún Magnúsdóttir to court for failing to declare certain areas in Skútustaðahreppur district, North Iceland, as protected.

Eggs

Egg Farm is Example of Greenwashing

The Kastljós news analysis program which aired Monday night and revealed deplorable conditions at egg farms owned Brúnegg, has sparked discussion in Iceland about whether consumers can trust marketing labels.

Brúnegg hens.

Video: Deplorable Conditions at Egg Farm

Last night, the news analysis program Kastljós revealed deplorable conditions at an egg farm, which for years has been marketed as taking exceptionally good care of its hens and being environmentally friendly.

Trash.

Petition to Ban Plastic Bags

More than 6,400 people have signed a petition, urging a new minister for the environment to ban the use of plastic bags in Iceland next year.

Power Line Project Battle Continues

For the second time, the environmental associations Fjöregg and Landvernd have reported the decision to issue a project permit for a controversial power line to an environmental ruling committee.

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