Build-up of heavy industry in Iceland will increase coal usage in the country to 224,000 tons a year by 2018.
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.
The Icelandic nation’s fireworks spectacle on New Year’s Eve resulted in the highest concentration of airborne particles on New Year’s Day since January 1, 2010.
More than thirty complaints have been sent to the Environment Agency of Iceland about pollution from a United Silicon metal smelter in Helguvík.
The earthquake swarm which began in the Katla caldera under Mýrdalsjökull glacier in South Iceland the night before yesterday has died down for now, according to seismologist Martin Hensch at the Icelandic Met Office.
It could prove necessary to close hotels around Mývatn if no progress is made soon with regard to sewage treatment, according to the chairman of the regional health and safety committee. He is calling upon the national government to invest in infrastructure to protect Lake Mývatn and Laxá river...
Lake Mývatn, the renowned pearl of nature in Northeast Iceland, is under immense pressure from the increasing number of tourists.
An unusually high level of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) in lake Mývatn in the past two summers is a clear sign of eutrophication in the lake, caused by human activity.
Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson is attending the 21st UN climate conference (COP21, Conference of Parties), which opens in Paris today.
Almost 80 companies have pledged to reduce their emission of greenhouse gasses and to minimize their negative impact on the environment by reducing waste.
Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson promised a 40 percent reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit Saturday, but has since been harshly criticized by the Icelandic Environment Association for lack of honesty.
There are indications that there may be links between hydrogen sulfide coming from geothermal power plants Hellisheiðarvirkjun and Nesjavallavirkjun and the number of deaths among older people living in the vicinity of Reykjavík, according to a PhD project by Ragnhildur Finnbogadóttir at the...
Scientists at the Icelandic Met Office have calculated that a total of 11 million tons of sulfur dioxide (SO2) were emitted during the six-month Holuhraun eruption in Iceland’s northeastern highlands.
Now that tourists can visit the Holuhraun eruption site, they must pay close attention to the levels of toxic volcanic gases in the area as the lava field will continue to degas for several months. This will soon be possible on the websites vedur.is and loftgaedi.is.
The air pollution caused by volcanic gases emitted during the eruption in Holuhraun was above the health protection limit for a total of 107 hours in Höfn, Southeast Iceland. Inhabitants in Höfn were subject to air pollution for more hours than in any other community in Iceland, as revealed at a...
The Scientific Advisory Board of the Icelandic Civil Protection met this morning with representatives of the Icelandic Civil Protection, the Environmental Agency of Iceland and the Directorate of Health to discuss the situation at the Holuhraun eruption site.
Volcanic gas pollution from the Holuhraun eruption site may increase in the coming days and weeks, even though there is no more volcanic activity at the site, according to meteorologist Elín Björk Jónasdóttir.
The limits of the closed-off area around the Holuhraun eruption site have been changed by the police authorities following a new hazard assessment by the Icelandic Met Office for sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas pollution. The red-coded area stretches from Kverkfjöll in the north to Hrossaborg in the...
A new risk analysis for the area around the Holuhraun eruption is currently being conducted and a new risk map will be issued next week, according to the latest Scientific Advisory Board of the Department of Civil Protection, issued yesterday.
The eruption in Holuhraun could continue until at least the beginning of this summer, possibly another year, according to Andri Stefánsson, professor in geochemistry at the University of Iceland. Andri spoke at a community meeting in Reyðarfjörður, East Iceland, on Wednesday.