GRID-Arendal, the Arendal Municipality, Vitensentert Sørlandet and other partners jointly hosted the visit of participants of the 2010 ZERO Emission Rally and organized hands-on workshops for 7th graders. The goals of the rally were: to create awareness of alternative sources of energy; to test the performance of hydrogen, plug-in hybrid and battery electric cars; and, to inspire manufacturers, researchers and students to further improve the technology. The 700 km rally, organized by ZERO and the Norwegian Automobile-Sport Federation, started in Oslo and ended in Stavanger.
Tuesday 31 Aug 2010
The United Nations Environment Programme via its collaborating center in Norway, GRID-Arendal, is undertaking an assessment of the state of the knowledge of methane gas hydrates. Global reservoirs of methane have long been the topic of scienti?c discussion in the context of environmental issues such as natural forces of climate change and as a potential energy resource for development. The rapidly evolving scienti?c and technological knowledge related to methane hydrates makes these formations increasingly prospective to economic development.
Friday 13 Aug 2010
Greenland hit the headlines this week after a vast block of ice broke off from the country's Petermann Glacier. The 600-foot thick iceberg is around four times the size of Manhattan. Researchers monitoring the Greenland ice sheet have said it represents the largest single shedding of Greenland's ice sheet in fifty years.
Friday 13 Aug 2010
This year GRID-Arendal will again be present at the festival to engage with the youth, enjoy the music and document environment related activities. Together with the Aust-Agder County we are challenging the festival audience in answering the question “How can festivals improve their environmental friendliness?”
Monday 28 Jun 2010
Jean-Nicolas Poussart and Yannick Beaudoin deliver a presentation about the UNEP Shelf Programme at the 2010 International Conference on Marine Data and Information Systems, 29-31 March, Paris France. Their presentation focussed on the recent work done by the UNEP Shelf Programme using historical marine geoscientific data and on future data and visualisation developments that will be part of GRID-Arendal’s Global Marine Resource and Information Database (GmRID).
Friday 23 Apr 2010
The aim of Linking Tourism and Conservation (LT&C) is to increase the worldwide good examples, where tourism is supporting the development and management of protected areas. LT&C is a networking and partnership initiative, started in May 2007 at a Linking Tourism & Conservation seminar held in Arendal, Norway. Representatives from relevant NGOs, governments, industry and the private sector met to collect an overview of functioning LT&C examples from all over the world. GRID-Arendal plays a role as facilitator of this initiative.
Sunday 28 Mar 2010
The website of the GLOBIO model has been fully renewed. The model is a tool to assess past, present and future human impact on biodiversity. As a policy tool, it is regularly applied in global, regional and national assessments. The GLOBIO model is the result of a collaboration between the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL), the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and GRID-Arendal. The website provides information on the workings of the model and its applications.
Tuesday 23 Mar 2010
The IPY Oslo Science Conference will demonstrate, strengthen, and extend the International Polar Year's accomplishments in science and outreach. The conference is an essential opportunity to display and explore the full breadth and implications of IPY activities. The international and interdisciplinary science conference will in particular highlight the global impact of the changes that have been observed in the Polar Regions.
Wednesday 24 Feb 2010
The Portraits of Resilience photography project is part of the Many Strong Voices Programme. It illustrates the human dimension of climate change through the words and photographs of children in four Arctic communities: Shishmaref, Alaska; Uummannaq, Greenland; Nesseby, Norway; and Pangnirtung, Nunavut, Canada.
Monday 15 Feb 2010
Overfishing may mean the end for many large fish originated in the ocean. This is a potential disaster that is closer than most realize. Many fish species are reduced by up to 80-90%. Not only will this make the dinner table more tiresome for us in the rich part of the world, but it can mean a food catastrophe for large groups of people in the world.
Friday 12 Feb 2010