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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.

Dettifoss waterfall.

Dams in Jökulsá among New Energy Options

The National Energy Authority published a draft of a definition for 23 new energy harnessing options in Iceland yesterday, among them two hydropower plants in glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum in Northeast Iceland, upriver from Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe.

Oslo Christmas Tree, Austurvöllur.

Christmas Tree Forest Opens Today

The Reykjavík Forestry Organization has announced that this year’s “Christmas Forest” is going to be Hólmsheiði and it opens to the public at 12.00 today (Saturday).

The road across Sprengisandur desert in the Icelandic highlands.

Fears Road Could Destroy Uniqueness of Highlands

Landvernd, the Icelandic Environment Association, has raised concerns over plans for a high-voltage transmission line to be built by Landsnet, which would mean that the experience of the highlands will not be the same. The association has also protested the widening of Sprengisandsvegur road in...

Arctic Fox Stock Collapses in West Fjords Reserve

The Arctic fox stock in nature reserve Hornstrandir in the West Fjords nearly collapsed this past summer. A multitude of foxes were found dead and very few pairs managed to raise cubs, as stated in a report by the Icelandic Institute of Natural History (NÍ) released last week.

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.

An Icelandic forest.

Warm Weather Forecast for Iceland in 2050

In 2050, Iceland will be warmer and may experience more rain than it does currently. With warmer weather, areas where forest may grow will be larger. The UN Climate Week is currently taking place in New York, where Birta Líf of the Icelandic Met Office will represent Iceland.

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