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Clean energy can't come at the expense of the ocean – and it doesn't have to

27.07.2020

As clean energy expands, demand for metals and rare earth elements is growing along with it. Developing the wind turbines, solar panels and batteries that will power our low-carbon future requires cobalt, nickel, zinc, copper, silver, gold, lithium and more.

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Studying the environmental impacts on a little known habitat

15.07.2020

It is found all over the world, and it is abundant along the Norwegian coast, but you’ve probably never heard of it. Now researchers are studying how aquaculture affects maerl beds in northern Norway.

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The mackerel cruise can be followed online

03.07.2020

Six vessels will cover ten times Norway's area in search of the mackerel. This year you can follow them live on the map.

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Protected areas for lobsters increase claw size

18.06.2020

Lobsters in protected areas have bigger claws than lobsters in areas where they are fished, according to a new study. 

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Why the fjords turn green

02.06.2020

Hardangerfjorden has developed a clear green tint, prominent enought to be observed from space. The reason is microscopic.

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Wild salmon’s wild journey in the ocean

26.05.2020

Last spring Atlantic salmon were tagged with satellite tags in Southern Norway. Now they have phoned home. 

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The “refrigerator effect” of the Barents Sea is weakening

25.05.2020

The water entering the Barents Sea is not as cooled down as it used to. This has a large effect of the climate in the area and may lead to fish and other marine life migrating. 

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Eels only reach puberty at the age of 19

26.05.2020

New analysis of old samples shows that eels in Norway get twice as old as previously thought. 

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Researchers have trained artificial intelligence in identifying schools of sandeel

11.05.2020

If our man Ronald gets 10 out of 10, his new “trainee” gets 9. 

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Choruses reveal Antarctic whales' whereabouts

27.04.2020

What do whales do when nobody is looking? Researchers are trying to find out using audio recordings.

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Herring larvae swim towards the sun

27.04.2020

Recently hatched herring do not navigate by compass, but by following the sun.

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Cod and haddock populations have multiplied over past 20 years

01.04.2020

In the 2000s, the Norwegian and Russian authorities reduced the fishing pressure on cod and haddock in the Barents Sea. Combined with three good year-classes, that led to record populations.

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