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.
Research on the gases being emitted at the Holuhraun eruption site will be the subject of a new study. Six different kinds of gases are being emitted at the site. The volume of gas is unusually large compared to the amount of magma.
Both scientists working at the Holuhraun eruption site and those guarding the closed-off area have suffered serious health problems because of toxic gases emitted by the eruption. Since the eruption started in late August, doctors have noticed increased respiratory problems.
The Scientific Advisory Board of the Icelandic Civil Protection reports insubstantial changes to the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun over the last few weeks. It is still quite forceful. Seismic activity in Bárðarbunga under Vatnajökull glacier continues to be strong.
High levels of sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution were measured in the rural Jökuldalur valley at 2 pm yesterday. SO2 levels reached 7,800 mµ/m3, the highest recorded in Jökuldalur since the eruption began.
Mayor of Ísafjörður Gísli Halldór Halldórsson has said that the town will not accept liability relating to the dioxin pollution in Engidalur valley near Ísafjörður, the West Fjords, from the incinerator Funi despite the fact that the municipality will participate in compensating farmers in the...
Pollution from the eruption in Holuhraun has resulted in acid snow which has been accumulating in the highlands. Scientists are concerned that the acid levels in rivers and lakes may rise sharply when the snow melts in the spring.
Sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution from the eruption in Holuhraun in Höfn, Southeast Iceland, has reached 1,340 mµ/m3 this morning. The pollution is expected to move to North and Northeast Iceland this afternoon.
The Scientific Advisory Board has reviewed data about the development of events in Bárðarbunga volcano and the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun from the beginning of the unrest until present day. The new lava field is the largest in Iceland since the Laki eruption (1783-1784) and probably the...