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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.

How achievable is the Methane Pledge?

Tackling methane emissions now is a must in order to have a chance of limiting global warming to 1.5°C. The Methane Pledge is an international political initiative to reduce methane emissions with 30% by 2030. But how likely is this, and where would these reductions come from?

Norwegian scientists support the establishment of an international pollution panel

Senior scientist Dorte Herzke at NILU is one of the initiators of an open letter to Espen Barth Eide, the Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment. In the letter, almost 200 Norwegian scientists give their support to the establishment of an international science-policy panel for measures against chemicals, waste and pollution.

Operation Air: NILU exhibition on climate research in the Arctic and Antarctic

On Monday 14 February, Minister of Climate and Environment Espen Barth Eide opened NILU’s guest exhibition in the Climate House at Oslo’s Natural History Museum. The exhibition is about climate research in the Arctic and Antarctic, and one of the goals is to make more young people want to become climate scientists.

Methane sources

ReGAME: Exploring methane sources

Understanding atmospheric methane has never been more crucial. Over 100 countries have pledged to reduce emissions by 30% compared to 2020, in order to limit warming to 1.5 degrees as part of the ‘global methane pledge’.

Cleaner air could have saved at least 216,000 European lives in 2019

Air pollution continued to cause a significant burden of premature death and disease in Europe in 2019. A European Environment Agency (EEA) analysis, published today, shows that improving air quality to the levels recently recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) could prevent more than half of the premature deaths caused by exposure to fine particulate matter.


8 million Euros to air quality monitoring in Europe

The RI-URBANS project, aimed at improving the understanding and monitoring of air quality in Europe, receives 8 million Euros from the EU. NILU is a partner in the project, the other Norwegian partner is the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.