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Is the English Channel Actually Iceland?

A Guardian reader has ended up with a GBP 22 (ISK 4300/EUR 28) data roaming bill during a ferry trip home to the UK from France, because his mobile phone provider believes he was in Iceland.

banana tree

One Hundred Banana Trees in Iceland

Is Iceland Europe’s largest banana-producing country? If you’ve visited Iceland you may have heard this before. Around 100 banana plants exist in a geothermally-heated greenhouse in Hveragerði.

Cracks in the lava by the Holuhraun eruption.

Changes in Groundwater May Signal Large Earthquake

The results of a new study on two large earthquakes in North Iceland in 2012 and 2013 indicate that changes in the chemical composition of groundwater in areas prone to earthquakes may be used to predict large earthquakes and to improve knowledge of processes in the earth’s crust.

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.

University of Iceland

Artists and Scientists to Collaborate in New Project

The Institute of Sustainability Studies, University of Iceland and the Iceland Academy of the Arts recently received a ISK 26 million (USD 217,000, EUR 170,000) grant from the Nordic Council of Ministers to conduct a new project.

Fly factory

Fly Factory for Food

Búi Bjarmar Aðalsteinsson, a graduate from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts, has created a food factory in a closet, creating food using liquefied larvae.

Hekla volcano Iceland

New 3D Map of Iceland

New 3D images of Iceland using satellite imagery provide a more accurate picture of Iceland than has been available before. Munich University along with institutions in Germany have been working on the map in cooperation with Icelandic companies.

Sushi

Icelandic Seaweed to be used in Sushi?

Eva Dögg Jóhannesdóttir, biologist at the West Fjords Natural History Institute, is currently researching the possibility of cultivating purple laver, an edible variety of red alga, to produce Nori sheets, which are used to wrap sushi pieces.

Höfn, Southeast Iceland

Southeast Iceland Town Rising due to Glacier Melt

The fishing town of Höfn in Hornafjörður, Southeast Iceland, has risen 15 cm (6 inches) since 1997. According to Halldór Björnsson, head of climate research at the Icelandic Met Office, the rise is due to glacial uplift as a result of the glacier melt.

PM Causes Controversy over Climate Change Comments

Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson said in an interview with RÚV earlier this week that although climate change has serious negative impacts for the world overall, it may create opportunities for Icelanders through food production and exports.

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