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MAREX: Nordic Countries Call for Ocean Plastic Treaty

Nordic governments have become the first in the world to formally call for a global treaty to tackle ocean plastic.

The call was made at a gathering of the environment ministers of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden at the Nordic Council in Reykjavik, Iceland. 

In the declaration, the ministers for the environment are pushing for a global agreement on plastic. The declaration, which has been sent to E.U. governing bodies, UNEP, the G7 and the G20, also asks the Nordic Council of Ministers to prepare a study to consider which specific elements should be included in a global agreement to combat microplastics and plastic waste in the marine environment.

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Aftenposten: Norsk gass kan bli utkonkurrert lenge før det går tomt på norsk sokkel

Equinor ser lyst på fremtiden for norsk gass, særlig fordi Tyskland skal fase ut kullkraft. Men selv europeiske energiselskaper sår nå tvil om det er gass som blir vinneren. Energiselskaper tror på batteri og sol.

Ifølge lekkasjer til nyhetsbyrået Bloomberg News kan gassindustrien være for optimistisk. Kull kan fremover bli erstattet av vind og sol kombinert med en forbedret batteriteknologi, i stedet for gass.A

Ifølge studien de omtaler, som er betalt av europeiske energiselskaper, og som ennå ikke er publisert, mener man at gassetterspørselen i Tyskland, Frankrike, Nederland, Belgia og Storbritannia kan falle så mye som 16 prosent de neste 10 årene (målt mot nivået i 2016).

Da mener man at sol og bedre batteriteknologi vil være så kostnadseffektiv at det blir den foretrukne måten å lage elektrisitet på.

Les hele saken HER.

Bloomberg: A High-Stakes Fight Is Brewing in Norway Over EU Relations

By Sveinung Sleire

Kicking off the year in a T-shirt proclaiming that she “loves, loves the EEA,” Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide hinted at the high-stakes fight that’s brewing in Norway over its relationship with the European Union.

Soreide’s show of passion comes 25 years after Norway linked itself to the EU in a free-trade deal as part of the European Economic Area, a compromise solution after voters in a referendum rejected joining the bloc.

But the deal that gives Norway unfettered access to Europe’s massive free-trade bloc is increasingly being derided and has come under legal attack from EU skeptics and labor unions who are questioning its impact on wages, labor laws and sovereignty. As of yet, it’s a faint echo of the Brexit process that’s currently tearing at the fabric of the U.K.

“It’s very important that we — supporters of the EEA agreement — are out there defending it, and tell how enormously important it’s to safeguard Norwegian interests,” Soreide said in an interview in Oslo.

Read entire article HERE.