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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.

Utsikt over Praha, med røyk fra piper som stiger opp

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.

Gummigranulat fra brukte bildekk i kunstgress

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.

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ClairCity: Citizen-led air pollution reduction in cities


From the NILU Annual Report 2019: The ClairCity project aims to increase awareness about air pollution and carbon emissions in cities by looking at how people’s behaviour contributes to the problems. Unlike many other projects, ClairCity focuses on involving citizens in deciding on the best solutions, since citizens are among those ultimately affected by poor air quality and climate change.

Tett med biler foran Triumfbuen i Paris

A Greener Europe: NILU contributes through topic centres


From the NILU annual report 2019: With its “European Green Deal”, the new European Commission has initiated hectic activity to translate political visions into a climate-neutral Europe that ensures good lives for its citizens. This means that pan-European environmental and climate cooperation will play an increasingly important role.

Matthias Vogt fra NILU tester ny støvsensor

The Leopard project opens up for new NILU services to industry


From the NILU Annual Report 2019: Road dust and wood burning are well-known sources of particulate matter in Norwegian cities, but industry and construction sites are also where workers may at times be exposed to high levels of particulate matter in their daily lives. In a new project, NILU has developed services that can provide more detailed information on real-time pollution levels in industrial workplaces.

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RAVEN: Sharing air quality data across a growing number of borders


From the NILU Annual Report 2019: All EU countries must monitor and report air quality data to the European Environment Agency (EEA) in accordance with EU directives and standards. Every year, data on air quality zones, monitoring regimes, monitoring methods and “near real-time data” are reported, as well as environmental goals, plans and measures to comply with the limit values.