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First battery-powered cruise ship sails for the Arctic
1 July 2019 - The world's first cruise ship propelled partially by battery power is set to head out from northern Norway on its maiden voyage, cruise operator Hurtigruten said on Monday [1 July]. ... The company estimates that the battery pack will reduce fuel consumption and save about 20 percent in carbon dioxide emissions ... (more)

Norway doubles investment in renewable energy by Sovereign Wealth Fund
6 April 2019 - The Norwegian government announced on April 5 that its sovereign wealth fund will be permitted to double its investment in unlisted renewable energy ventures to $14 billion. In a statement, it said it is 'now allowing for the Government Pension Fund Global to be invested in unlisted renewable energy infrastructure. The investments shall be made within the scope of the special environment-related mandates only.' (more)

'Historic breakthrough': Norway's giant oil fund dives into renewables
5 April 2019 - Experts say even nations that got rich on fossil fuels are seeing the future is green. Norway's $1tn oil fund, the world's largest sovereign wealth fund, is to plunge billions of dollars into wind and solar power projects. The decision follows Saudi Arabia's oil fund selling off its last oil and gas assets. (more)

For the first time ever, electric cars outsold gas and diesel vehicles in Norway
4 April 2019 - Electric vehicles outsold gas and diesel models in Norway for the first time ever last month, accounting for 58.4 percent of all vehicle sales. Norway is a leader in the adoption of zero-emission vehicles ... In March, 18,375 new cars were registered in the country and 10,732 of those were zero-emission vehicles, according to Norway's Road Traffic Information Council, or OFV. That's more double the number of zero-emission vehicles sold in March 2018. (more)

Wooden high-rise trend reaches new heights in Norway
21 March 2019 - The wonderful world of superlatively tall wood buildings has just gained its newest title-holding champion in the form of Mjostarnet (Mjosa Tower), a handsome timber high-rise in the Norwegian town of Brumunddal topping out at 18 stories. No doubt that Mjostarnet's reign as world's tallest timber building will be a fleeting one as work kicks off on a number of increasingly high-reaching wood towers -- often dubbed 'plyscrapers' although none are technically skyscrapers -- across the globe, each lankier than the next. (more)

Norway: Oslo adding 70 electric buses this year
6 March 2019 - Oslo, Norway is the capital environmental city for Europe in 2019 and is dedicated to becoming a zero emissions city by 2030. So it is fitting that it is adding 70 electric buses to its public transportation fleet this year. Several electric buses have been operating in the city for the past two years. The lessons learned from those vehicles has convinced Ruter, the agency in charge of public transportation for Oslo, to place an order for 70 more. (more)

Norway's electric cars zip to new record: almost a third of all sales
2 January 2019 - Almost a third of new cars sold in Norway last year were pure electric, a new world record as the country strives to end sales of fossil-fueled vehicles by 2025. In a bid to cut carbon emissions and air pollution, Norway exempts battery-driven cars from most taxes and offers benefits such as free parking and charging points to hasten a shift from diesel and petrol engines. (more)

Norway: Oslo starts 2019 as Europe's eco capital
2 January 2019 - Oslo's waterfront was once a mass of shipping containers and a vast intersection jammed with cars pumping out fumes. Today, traffic is diverted through an underwater tunnel, and much of it is made up of electric or hybrid cars. Now, the scene is becoming dominated by a new Edvard Munch art museum and central library -- both due to open in 2020. The new development has impressive environmental as well as cultural credentials, with all new buildings meeting energy efficiency standards for low energy use, explains Anita Lindahl Trosdahl, project manager for Oslo's Green Capital year. As European Green Capital 2019, Oslo hopes to set an example for others. (more)

Norway: Oslo aims to limit cars in city centre
30 December 2018 - Horns blaring, tires screeching and miles of traffic -- these are the hallmarks of busy cities the world over. But that is changing in Europe as some urban areas take steps to regulate and reduce the number of cars as they aim to improve both the environment and quality of life. Oslo is perhaps the furthest ahead with plans to restrict private cars within a half-mile radius of its city centre. It expects to eliminate all 700 of its on-street parking spaces by the end of the year and is slowly closing streets across that area to traffic. 'It's a paradigm shift from planning the city for cars to planning for people,' Oslo's Vice Mayor for Urban Development Hanna Marcussen said. (more)

Norway becomes first country to ban all palm oil based biofuel to protect rainforest
10 December 2018 - Palm oil-based biofuels will no longer be permitted in Norway, the nation's parliament announced last week [Monday 3 December]. The move, which aims to thwart the destruction of Indonesian rainforests razed for palm oil plantations, makes Norway the first country to enforce such a ruling. According to recent estimates, current demands could lead to 7 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions produced over the next two decades. (more)


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Interview: Thomas Reinholdt - Transcendental Meditation 'changed everything'
26 August 2015 - Struggling with his studies at university, Thomas Reinholdt set out to find a cure for his short attention span. Once he learned Transcendental Meditation, his focus and efficiency greatly increased, he breezed through law school and embarked on a successful career in finance. Today, he is teaching the TM technique to his peers in the finance industry in Norway. Teaching Transcendental Meditation, he said, 'makes it possible for me to realize myself at the same time as I help others transform their lives toward greater success and happiness. This win-win situation is very fulfilling.' (more)

New study sheds light on 'peak experiences' in world-class performers
5 September 2012 - A Norwegian researcher has published a new study on peak experiences among world-class performers in management, sports, classical music, and other professions, which found that during optimal performance they spontaneously experienced 'higher states of consciousness'. They also displayed unique brain wave characteristics. Brain research expert and co-author Dr Fred Travis commented that such peak experiences might be able to be cultivated over time through regular Transcendental Meditation practice. (more)

Norwegian researcher publishes study on peak experiences in top performers
29 June 2012 - Dr Harald Harung, of the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences in Norway, has published a paper on peak experiences in world-class performers, finding that during optimal performance they spontaneously experience the four higher states of consciousness described in Maharishi Vedic Science. Published in April in the Journal of Human Values, the paper reviews research on peak experiences, including four quantitative studies Dr Harung has coauthored on world-class performers in management, sports, classical music, and a variety of professions. (more)

Integrated brain functioning as the basis of success in any field
13 February 2012 - Studies show that the Transcendental Meditation Technique develops integrated brain functioning. More integrated brain functioning has been correlated with success in world-class athletes and top-level managers. (more)

Encouraging findings in Norwegian study on fibromyalgia and Maharishi Ayurveda
22 December 2011 - A new study is coming out on the use of Maharishi Ayurveda health care in the treatment of fibromyalgia, a condition of widespread chronic pain. This 24-month study is the second to be published on this topic by Dr Lars Rasmussen, who has worked in Maharishi Ayurveda in Norway for 20 years. In an earlier, six-month study of a group of women, published in 2009, symptoms like working ability, pain, tiredness, stiffness, and anxiety significantly improved. Five of the participants, including all four who learned the Transcendental Meditation Technique, had almost no symptoms by the end of the study. (more)

New meditators, new website, new courses in Norway
22 December 2011 - New meditators, new courses, newly translated knowledge materials, and a new collaboration with other Nordic countries to train peace-creating experts in the region--recent news from Norway featured many practical advancements offered by the Transcendental Meditation Programme in the country. (more)

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's visit to Norway
25 November 2010 - The Global Country of World Peace in Norway last month celebrated the 50th anniversary of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's first visit to the country. The historic celebrations became widely known through newspaper, magazine, and television media coverage, inspiring many people to learn the Transcendental Meditation Technique and creating a great wave of interest and enthusiasm for the programme throughout the nation. (more)

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Transcendental Meditation in Norway: Creating invincible peace and progress
18 November 2010 - The 50th anniversary of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's first visit to Norway inspired tremendous interest in Transcendental Meditation and focus on creating invincible peace and progress in the nation. (more)

Norway: Filmmaker David Lynch promotes research on value of Transcendental Consciousness
18 November 2010 - During his recent visit to Norway, filmmaker Dr David Lynch spoke about the value of transcendental consciousness, experienced through the Transcendental Meditation Programme. (more)

Norway: Tour of filmmaker David Lynch creates great wave of interest in Transcendental Meditation
18 November 2010 - The number of people learning the Transcendental Meditation Programme in Norway tripled last month following the visit of filmmaker Dr David Lynch. (more)


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Norway: Bacteria flourishing in warmer fjord waters is infecting swimmers and seafood
7 August 2018 - The southern Nordic fjords are heating up as Europe boils, and bacteria there are flourishing, infecting swimmers and seafood, including oysters that can take months until they are safe to eat again, Norway's food safety authority said. The warm waters in southern Norway and Sweden have accelerated the reproduction of the vibrio bacteria, a species that can cause vibriosis ... (more)

Warmest May since 1900 to cost Norwegians $2.34 billion more for power this year
10 July 2018 - Norwegians enjoyed the warmest May this year since records began in 1900, but as rainfall has been unusually low, the treat will cost them about 2 billion euros ($2.34 billion) in higher power bills, Norway's energy regulator told Reuters. The warmth was accompanied by 40 percent lower than normal rainfall this spring ... (more)

Screen time linked to weaker bones in teen boys
25 June 2015 - Teenaged boys who spend too many hours in front of the computer or television without participating in enough weight-bearing exercise could develop weaker bones as they age, a small Norwegian study suggests. Childhood and the teen years are critical periods for growing bones and establishing a bone density level that can affect osteoporosis risk much later in life. 'I think you can never say too often what the authors were saying,' said Dr. Laura Bachrach, a pediatric endocrinologist at Stanford University Medical School in California. (more)

Screen time may damage teens' sleep
3 February 2015 - A new study is the latest to link blue-light emitting devices, like laptops, phones, and game consoles, to shorter sleep in adolescents. Using any device in the hour before bed was associated with a 13 to 52 per cent increase in the likelihood of needing more than 60 minutes to fall asleep, the researchers found. More than four daytime hours of screen time was associated with a similar increase in risk of 'sleep latency', or taking a long time to fall asleep. Screen time was also linked to an increased risk of a sleep deficit of at least two hours, meaning the kids said they needed two more hours of sleep than they were actually getting. (more)

Norway: Kids who use snus before age 16 more likely to become smokers
17 February 2014 - Norwegians who started using snus before age 16 were more likely to become cigarette smokers than those who started using snus later in life, according to a new study. In Norway, snus has become a smoking cessation aid and most older snus users are former smokers. But snus is also becoming increasingly popular among young Norwegian adults, many of whom have not smoked cigarettes. And although research is divided, the current thinking is that snus use reduces the likelihood of taking up smoking. Lucy Popova, from the Centre for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco, told Reuters Health the new study was interesting. 'Earlier initiation of snus basically makes it a gateway to tobacco use, to cigarette use in the future,' she said. (more)

Too much Tylenol in pregnancy could affect development
22 November 2013 - Expectant mothers often take Tylenol, with the active ingredient acetaminophen, to deal with back pain, headaches or mild fevers during pregnancy. But frequent use may be linked to poorer language skills and behaviour problems among their children, according to a new study. As the most popular over-the-counter drug in the US, Tylenol has been extensively studied in relation to premature birth and miscarriage, with no connections found. But its maker Johnson & Johnson periodically comes under fire for the drug's small therapeutic index -- that is, the difference between an effective dose and a dangerous dose is quite small. So interest in investigating the drug persists. The new study is the first to look at young children whose mothers took Tylenol while pregnant. 'Our findings suggest that (acetaminophen) might not be as harmless as we think,' Ragnhild Eek Brandlistuen said. Close to four per cent of women took Tylenol for at least 28 days total during pregnancy. Their children seemed to have poorer motor skills than kids whose mothers had taken the drug fewer times or not at all. Tylenol-exposed kids also tended to start walking later, have poorer communication and language skills and more behaviour problems. (more)

Al-Qaida trains Norwegian to attack
25 June 2012 - A Norwegian man has received terrorist training from al-Qaida's offshoot in Yemen and is awaiting orders to carry out an attack on the West, officials from three European security agencies told The Associated Press on Monday. Western intelligence officials have long feared such a scenario -- a convert to Islam who is trained in terrorist methods and can blend in easily in Europe and the United States, travelling without visa restrictions. European security services, including in Norway, have warned in recent years of homegrown, radicalized Muslims travelling to terror training camps in conflict zones. Many of the known cases involve young men with family roots in Muslim countries. But the latest case involves a man in his 30s with no immigrant background, the officials said. After converting to Islam in 2008, he quickly became radicalized and traveled to Yemen to receive terror training, one of the officials said. The man spent 'some months' in Yemen and is still believed to be there. (more)

Norway killer tells judge 'two more cells' exist
25 July 2011 - Anders Behring Breivik told a Norwegian judge on Monday his bombing and shooting rampage that killed scores aimed to save Europe from a Muslim takeover, and said that 'two more cells' existed in his organisation. Breivik's remarks at the closed-door custody hearing were relayed by the judge, Kim Heger, at a news conference. The killer has previously said he acted alone and police had earlier said they were trying to confirm this. But after Breivik's claim about other cells, police attorney Christian Hatlo said 'we cannot completely rule out' the possibility that others were involved in Friday's attacks. After the hearing, Heger said he had ordered Breivik detained in solitary confinement for eight weeks, with no letters, newspapers, or visits, except from a lawyer. (more)

Norway suspect wanted European anti-Muslim crusade
24 July 2011 - The man blamed for attacks on Norway's government headquarters and an island retreat for young people that left at least 93 dead said he was motivated by a desire to bring about a revolution in Norwegian society, his lawyer said Sunday. A manifesto he published online -- which police are poring over and said was posted the day of the attack -- ranted against Muslim immigration to Europe and vowed revenge on 'indigenous Europeans,' whom he accused of betraying their heritage. It added that they would be punished for their 'treasonous acts.' Police and his lawyer have said that Breivik confessed to the twin attacks, but denied criminal responsibility for a day that shook peaceful Norway to its core and was the deadliest ever in peacetime. Breivik has been charged with terrorism and will be arraigned on Monday. (more)

Norway attacks shock, disgust Europe
23 July 2011 - The deadly twin attacks in Norway were greeted with an outpouring Saturday of sympathy and disgust across Europe and beyond, and generated calls to counter the far-right intolerance that may have motivated the assailant. A massive bombing Friday in the heart of Oslo was followed by a horrific shooting spree on an island hosting a youth retreat for the prime minister's center-left party. The same man, a Norwegian with reported Christian fundamentalist, anti-Muslim views, was suspected in both attacks. 'It appears the attack on the Utoya youth camp was intended to hurt young citizens who actively engage in our democratic and political society,' said Thorbjorn Jagland, the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe and chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize, awarded each year in Oslo. (more)

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