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NILU opens in Sweden


On Friday 1 September 2023, the climate and environmental research institute NILU establishes a subsidiary institute in Sweden. With that, NILU goes from being Norwegian to becoming Scandinavian.

New board member in NILU


Elisabeth Maråk Støle (Master of Business Studies/’Siviløkonom’) has been elected as a new board member of NILU from 1 July 2023.

Can we avoid conflict between farming and biodiversity?


Data on 50 different agricultural products in around 200 countries has given scientists an overview of what kind of “biodiversity footprint” different foods have. This knowledge reveals where there can be conflict between food production and the preservation of biological diversity – but can also lead to more sustainable eating habits.

Røyk fra pipene i Cesky Krumlov, Tsjekkia

Premature deaths due to air pollution continue to fall in the EU


EU, 24 November 2022: Europe’s air quality keeps improving and the number of people dying early or suffering illness due to air pollution is in decline. However, according to European Environment Agency’s analysis, published today, air pollution is still the largest environmental health risk in Europe, and more ambitious measures are needed to meet the health-based guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Improved estimates of Nord Stream leaks


12 October: NILU scientists provide new estimates of the methane emitted from the Nord Stream leaks. The new estimates suggest that in total, between 56 000-155 000 tonnes of methane were released into the atmosphere.

Methane leaks from Nord Stream: A serious pollution event


Updated 30 September: NILU scientists first estimated that the total methane leaks from the Nord Stream gas pipes could be at least 40 000 tons. New estimates as of 30 September brings that number up to at least 80 000 tons. That is more than four times the Norwegian national annual methane emission from the oil and gas industry.

CE-RISE: Optimizing reuse of raw materials


The new NILU-led EU project CE-RISE aims to optimize reuse of critical raw materials, thus minimizing waste and stimulating circular business models. It also includes an ethical factor, making it easier for end consumers to make more sustainable choices.


Mapping Norwegian emissions


Which flight route from Norway has the highest CO2-emissions? How high are particle emissions from wood burning where you live? Which road has the highest traffic emissions? NILU scientists have now visualised all these and more in a map.

PARC: A European partnership to improve chemical risk assessment


The European Partnership for the Assessment of Risks from Chemicals (PARC) was launched on 11 May in Paris, France. It is seeking to develop next-generation chemical risk assessment, incorporating both human health and the environment in a “One Health” approach.

COPE project at Arctic Frontiers 2022


“How to cope with an Arctic ecosystem under multiple pressures” was the question sought answered during the COPE project’s side event at Arctic Frontiers 2022.


Micro and nano plastics in the marine-atmospheric environment


Studies have shown that marine air, snow, sea spray and fog contain or convey atmospheric microplastics. In a new study, 33 international experts highlight the importance of including the atmosphere into the total plastic cycle and form a strategy to manage plastic pollution.

Establishes the research alliance NORIN


The research institutes NILU, NIVA and IFE have agreed to establish the research alliance NORIN. The alliance will be a new, Norwegian heavyweight in the sectors of climate, energy, the environment and civil protection.