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Whale Watching in Iceland
Monday, October 29, 2012
In 2011 nearly 130 thousand tourists went whale watching in Iceland. This compared with the mid 1990s when the first whale watching trips were on offer, represents an adventurous development in nature-based tourism. To many, Iceland is the best destination world wide for those who would like to see these giants in their natural environment.
From Myvatn Research Station
Friday, June 15, 2012
The Myvatn Research Station cautions against further development of geothermal energy in the area.
Obituary, Gudmundur Pall Olafsson by Jon Swan
Saturday, June 9, 2012

Gudmundur Pall Olafsson, who for decades was in the forefront of Iceland’s conservation movement, died at Landspitali - The National University Hospital, Iceland, on August 31, at the age of seventy-one.
Environmental Success
Thursday, June 7, 2012
The protection of the Icelandic Highlands has been called the largest environmental movement Iceland has ever seen, both in terms in conservation policy and sheer land mass. Arni Finnsson of the Iceland Nature Conservation Association, says it could not have happened without the support of the WWF Arctic Programme. See article on the Icelandic Highlands.
Scientists call for end to deep-sea fishing
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Industrial fishing in the deep sea should be banned because it has depleted fish stocks that take longer to recover than other species, according to a paper to be released this week by an international team of marine scientists.
See Washington Post.
Recommendations for the UN General Assembly
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Scapegoats for the fishing industry – Dr. Hilmar J. Malmquist
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
If one can say anything about recent arguments of the Federation of Icelandic Fishing Vessel Owners (FIFVO) in favour of whaling, it is but propaganda which misquotes scientific research, which are taken out of its natural context.
Iceland sets major quota
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Iceland's fisheries ministry has issued whaling quotas substantially enlarged from those in previous years, as the government prepares to leave office.
The quotas would allow catching of 100 minke whales and 150 fin whales annually for the next five years.
After financial meltdown, now it's smeltdown
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Now we have three aluminium smelters, which are the biggest in Europe; and in the space of the next three years they want to build two more. The smelters would need energy from a handful of new geothermal power plants and the building of dams that would damage pristine wilderness, hot springs and lava fields. To take this much energy from geothermal fields is not sustainable.
See Bjork's article on TimesOnline.
ENVIRONMENT: Dispute over Aluminium Plant Resurfaces
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
REYKJAVIK, Apr 1 (IPS) - Controversy has arisen yet again over the construction of an aluminium plant in Iceland. In this case the proposed plant will be located at Helguvik in the southwest, and will be powered by geothermal energy rather than hydroelectric power.
See IPS Article here.
Thjorsarver Wetlands Saved
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Recent devolopments indicate that the Thjorsarver Wetlands have been saved after a struggle of 35 years.
See article by Lowana Veal.
Heavy industry projects have low returns, displace jobs
Wednesday, February 8, 2006
The required return on investment of the hydroelectric power plant at Kárahnjúkar was too low said Ágúst Gudmundsson, chairman of Bakkavör on the current affairs program Kastljós (Spotlight) Tuesday, according to the Icelandic Broadcasting Service, RÚV. "I would have preferred that the money had been spent in a different way," he said.
See Iceland Review
Icelanders dissatisfied with environmental issues
Thursday, February 2, 2006
Half of the Icelandic population is unhappy with how the government and the public addresses environmental issues according to a new Gallup poll as reported by the Icelandic Broadcasting System, RÚV.
Concert January 7
Sunday, January 1, 2006
In east Iceland, one of the last remaining wildernesses of Europe is now being destroyed for an Alcoa aluminum smelter. The Icelandic government is turning Iceland into a heavy industry zone, and seems willing to destroy a vast amount of Icelandic wilderness for that purpose. In September 2006, a series of huge dams will flood an area of highland vegetation, birdlife and reindeer, also causing hazard to seal breeding grounds on the coast. A series of 20 waterfalls will be dammed in a glacial river that falls from one cliff after another, a total of 600 kilometers running from Vatnajokull, the greatest glacier in Europe.
Please see here
Melting Iceland - Iceland Review
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
What would you do when your country is located in the worlds biggest environmental trouble zone and nations far larger than your own are threatening to destroy your climate and your way of life? - During the period 1995 to 2005 the glaciers lost 1m per year evenly distributed over their entire area. Shrinking at this rapid rate they would disappear in 300 years.
Text by Bart Cameron Photograps by Páll Stefánsson
See article in Iceland Review on PDF
Time Magazine artcle on Karahnjukar
Saturday, August 14, 2004
The Price of Wealth - Economic development and environmental concerns square off in a remote, unspoiled region of Iceland
See Time Artcle here
The Orion Magazine
Wednesday, April 7, 2004
The Orion Magazine recently published an article by Jon Swan who has for years followed the debate in Iceland with regard to conservation v.s. hydropower development Sjá hér
A case against Alcoa and the Environment Minister
Wednesday, February 11, 2004
A case was filed in the Reykjavík District Court February 10, brought by natural scientist Hjörleifur Guttormsson, resident of the district Fjarđabyggđ in East Iceland, against the multinational aluminium conglomerate Alcoa and the Icelandic Ministers of the Environment and Finance, concerning the proposed aluminium smelter in Reyđarfjörđur, East Iceland. Supreme Court Attorney Atli Gíslason will prosecute the case on behalf of the plaintiff.
See Press Release here as a word document
INCA criticizes proposed changes to Iceland
Monday, January 12, 2004
The Iceland Nature Conservation Association, one of the main Icelandic environmental NGOs, has hit out at proposed changes to Iceland's environmental impact assessment (EIA) Act.
The Guardian on Karahnukar
Saturday, November 29, 2003
The Guardian published an article by Susan De Muth on the Karahnukar Power Plant, November 29, 2003. Please see the Guardian article here
From The North Atlantic Salmon Fund
Monday, October 20, 2003

Farmed escapee salmon thought to be of Norwegian origin (now confirmed) have started entering the premium clear water rivers in Iceland. Already a salmon was caught in the middle reaches of the famous Selá river on the east coast of Iceland. The Selá river is considered in the top rank of the world´s best rivers. It is a model river reflecting the best of wild salmon management in accordance with principles introduced by the North Atlantic Salmon Fund.
Dubious ‘scientific’ whaling
Thursday, September 4, 2003
The Iceland Nature Conservation Organisation (INCA) condemns the decision to hunt minke whales for so-called scientific reasons and regrets the damage to Iceland’s international image.
Complaint to the EFTA Surveillance Authority.
Wednesday, May 21, 2003
Complaint to the EFTA Surveillance Authority concerning failure by the Republic of Iceland to comply with the relevant EEA provisions while implementing the environmental impact assessment procedure of a project on a hydropower plant to be built at the location of Kárahnjúkar in the east of the country. The complaint in Word document here
IRN letter to International Financial Institutions
Wednesday, March 5, 2003
International Rivers Network sends a letter to International Financial Institutions
IRN letter to International Financial Institutions
Wednesday, March 5, 2003
IRN letter to International Financial Institutions.
Protests against the Karahnukar Hydro Project
Thursday, January 16, 2003
Protests against the Karahnukar Hydro Power Project, which is to provide energy to a smelter to be built by Alcoa Inc. gain new heights in Iceland.
Alcoa's plans for energy use
Friday, January 10, 2003
The the assumption of 14,600 kWh for each ton aluminium produced used in Landsvirkjun´s profitability estimate appears much to high.
Letter of protest
Monday, January 6, 2003
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has sent the attached letter to Prime Minister, Mr. David Oddsson, Environment Minister, Ms. Siv Fridleifsdottir and Alcoa.
Estimate of Profitability
Saturday, December 28, 2002
Thorsteinn Sigurlaugsson has made a new Estimate of Profitability for The Karahnjukar Power Plant (november 2002) The project is still expected to result in big losses. This is not surprising as Alcoa's smelter will be much smaller than the one previously planned.
National Geographic Traveler editorial article
Monday, July 22, 2002
National Geographic Traveler magazine, July/August 2002
Travelwatch: Preserving Our Great Destinations

Iceland's Choice
Hydropower vies with traveler power for the future of a unique landscape

By Jonathan B. Tourtellot
Geotourism Editor, National Geographic Traveler
Director of Sustainable Tourism, National Geographic Society
New York Times 16 July
Monday, July 22, 2002
NORTH OF VATNAJOKULL GLACIER, Iceland — This is Europe's second-largest wilderness, a high plateau of lakes and virgin rivers, jagged canyons and snowy former volcanoes linked by swards of treeless tundra inhabited by thousands of reindeer and geese.
A letter to the President of Alcoa
Thursday, July 11, 2002
The chairmen of 7 Icelandic NGOs have sent a letter to the President of Alcoa urging him "...to withdraw from negotiations with the Icelandic government concerning delivery of energy from the Karahnjukar Dam Project for an aluminum smelter in Reydarfjoerdur."
WWF International
Thursday, June 27, 2002
WWF condemns plans by aluminium giant Alcoa that would destroy great Icelandic wilderness
Lawsuit against the Environment Minister
Saturday, June 15, 2002
INCA along with three individuals intend to sue Landsvirkjun, the National Power Company and the Environment Minister and demand that the ruling by the Minister with regard to permitting the Karahnukar Power Plant. Earlier this week the High Court dismissed the case.
Karahnukar Dam Project - Impacts
Wednesday, June 5, 2002
Impacts of the Karahnukar Dam Project on flora and fauna
The two faces of Siv
Wednesday, April 10, 2002
Hera is an example of the different picture the icelandic government wants to show the world while destroying the largest wilderness area left in Europe.
WWF welcomed Hydro's descision
Thursday, April 4, 2002
Oslo, Norway – WWF, the conservation organisation, today welcomed Norsk Hydro’s decision to indefinitely postpone plans to build a huge aluminium smelter in Iceland.

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