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ReGAME: Exploring methane sources


Understanding atmospheric methane has never been more crucial. Over 100 countries have pledged to reduce emissions by 30% compared to 2020, in order to limit warming to 1.5 degrees as part of the ‘global methane pledge’.

Cleaner air could have saved at least 216,000 European lives in 2019


Air pollution continued to cause a significant burden of premature death and disease in Europe in 2019. A European Environment Agency (EEA) analysis, published today, shows that improving air quality to the levels recently recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) could prevent more than half of the premature deaths caused by exposure to fine particulate matter.


8 million Euros to air quality monitoring in Europe


The RI-URBANS project, aimed at improving the understanding and monitoring of air quality in Europe, receives 8 million Euros from the EU. NILU is a partner in the project, the other Norwegian partner is the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.

The benefits and costs of generating energy from renewable sources


From NILU’s Annual Report 2020: Renewable energy sources (RES) such as wind or water have become increasingly important for the energy sector in recent decades. But does increased use of RES for electricity production have exclusively positive impacts?

Oslo’s wildlife reveals what pollutants we live with


From NILU’s Annual Report 2020: Red foxes, rats, earthworms, fieldfares, sparrowhawks and tawny owls. All these creatures live in and around the city of Oslo, where they are surrounded by – and affected by – everything humans own, eat, and do.

HAPADS: A mobile air quality monitoring platform


From NILU’s Annual Report 2020: Imagine this: You’re driving your lorry down the street, and you get a warning about high levels of NO2 in the air of the cab. Immediately, the vehicle’s built-in air conditioning system switches to self-contained ventilation, filtering out the unhealthy gas and preventing entrainment of more NO2.

Evaporation of volatile chemicals from soft, fun toys


From NILU’s Annual Report 2020: Have you heard of “squishies”? They’re those soft, brightly coloured foam toys that have taken over Norwegian toy stores and children’s rooms in recent years. Children play with them, collect them, and cuddle with them. But is that safe?

John Rune Nielsen

John Rune Nielsen new CEO at NILU


The board of the Foundation NILU – Norwegian Institute for Air Research has decided to appoint John Rune Nielsen as new CEO from 1 September 2021.

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Better European air quality leads to fewer deaths over the past decade


Better air quality has led to a significant reduction of premature deaths over the past decade in Europe. However, the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) latest official data show that almost all Europeans still suffer from air pollution, leading to about 400,000 premature deaths across the continent.

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Rising nitrous oxide emissions jeopardize climate goals


Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a greenhouse gas 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide and remains in the atmosphere for more than 100 years. A growing use of nitrogen fertilizers in food production is increasing concentrations of N2O in the atmosphere. If left unabated, it will require far larger reductions in CO2 emissions than otherwise in order to be on track for limiting global warming to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels.

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The drought of 2018 stopped Europe’s natural CO2 uptake


In 2018, Europe experienced one of the worst droughts of the 21st century. An exceptionally long period of high temperatures and little precipitation resulted in an unprecedented browning of vegetation. It also meant that Europe’s vegetation did not take up any CO2 from the atmosphere in that year.

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A toxic cocktail in seawater – chemicals from car tire rubber


Crumb rubber granulate (CRG) produced from used car tires, also called end of life tires (ELTs), is commonly applied to artificial turf pitches, including football fields, playgrounds and walkways in Norway. In addition to the rubber itself, tires also containa cocktail of chemicals as fillers, stabilizers, pigments, oils, resins and a range of other organic compounds and heavy metal additives that can leache to the environment.

Gøteborg er en av fire "urban labs"

Want to join in on the NordicPATH?


The NordicPATH project aims to find new ways to include citizens in planning their cities for better air, more inclusive urban areas and a better climate.