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Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

PM’s Greenhouse Gas Goal Debated

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.

Hellisheiði geothermal power plant

Link between Deaths and Hydrogen Sulfide Pollution

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...

Glowing lava at Holuhraun.

Holuhraun Gas Levels Monitored Online

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.

Pollution cloud from the Holuhraun eruption, October 13, 2014

Holuhraun Pollution above Limit for 107 Hours

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...

Risk map for the Holuhraun eruption.

New Eruption Risk Map Published for North Iceland

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...

The lava at Holuhraun running into river Jökulsá á Fjöllum

New Risk Map for Holuhraun Eruption

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.

Holuhraun eruption by night, December 8, 2014

Eruption Could Continue Until Summer, Concerns about Pollution

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.

A helicopter above the Baugur crater in Holuhraun.

Holuhraun Eruption Gases Studied

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.

SO2 pollution haze in Reykjavík on November 4, 2011.

Volcanic Gases Cause Health Problems

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.

A farm in Northeast Iceland.

Ísafjörður Mayor Rejects Liability for Dioxin Pollution

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...

The lava river in Holuhraun.

Concerns about Acid Spring Melt

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.

Pollution cloud from the Holuhraun eruption, October 13, 2014

High SO2 Pollution Levels in Southeast Iceland

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.

A close-up of a Holuhraun lava fountain and stream.

Bárðarbunga and Holuhraun: Overview of Activity

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...

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