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.
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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.
The construction of a 700-square-meter northern lights research center in Reykjadalur, North Iceland, will begin this spring, ruv.is reports. Ground was first broken at the site in spring 2014.
Extensive research of the effect of the clock being set too early in Iceland will begin this month, the darkest period of the year. Earlier studies have indicated that the discrepancy in time measurement and the biological clock may lead to increased health problems.
The online language course Icelandic Online received recognition for its contribution and support in maintaining the Icelandic language from the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture in a ceremony late last year. The program has now also been exported to the Faroe Islands.
Dohop.com this week won a World Travel Award in the category of World’s Leading Flight Comparison Website. Dohop is a global brand, but is headquartered in Reykjavík, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students at Reykjavík University made it to the finals in the international RoboSub competition in San Diego, the U.S., last weekend with their submarine Ægir.
Kári Stefánsson, CEO and founder of deCode genetics, became the first recipient of the Inge Grundke-Iqbal award, awarded by the American Alzheimer’s Association, on Tuesday.
Last week the Marine Research Institute of Iceland (Hafrannsóknastofnun) released findings from its annual langoustine stock-measuring expedition,
The Icelandic travel agency, Iceland Travel, was awarded a Social Media in Travel + Tourism, or SMITTY, award for its Vine feed, in the category of Best Use of Emerging Platform.
The Icelandic president has addressed an energy conference at the UN headquarters, urging world leaders to think smaller.
Ground was broken at the site of the northern lights research station in Reykjadalur, Northeast Iceland, last week.
Landsvirkjun, the National Power Company of Iceland, is exploring the possibility of erecting 80 wind turbines in South Iceland.
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.
One hundred blue whales live in the waters surrounding Iceland, according to the Marine Research Institute of Iceland (Hafró).
Students in the Masters in Engineering program at the University of Reykjavík launched three high power rockets at Mýrdalssandur, South Iceland, last Thursday.
Pollen is once again being counted by scientists in Iceland for the summer season to help hay fever sufferers.
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.