Melina Antonia Buns

Melina Antonia Buns is a Doctoral Research Fellow at Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History at University of Oslo. Her research interests include Nordic cooperation, international environmental policies, environmental economics, nuclear history and environmental movements. She is currently part of the Nordic Civil Societies research group. Read more about Melina Antonia Buns by clicking here.

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Black snow was one of many visible signs of the long-distance air pollution that led to acid rain. Photo:  Tryvann, Oslo in 1974, NILU - Norwegian institute for Air Research

2021.08.16 | Article, Melina Antonia Buns, Sustainability, University of Oslo

The 1974 Nordic Environmental Protection Convention

The 1974 Nordic Environmental Protection Convention was the first international environmental convention of its kind. While Nordic cooperation and like-mindedness allowed the Convention to become a reality, the Nordic states had their sights set on extending key environmental principles to polluting states outside the region. In fact, the…

A demonstration on 1st May 1 1969 in Oslo. The banner reads 'Nature conservation a necessity of life. Immediate action against poisoning.' Photo: Arbeiderbevegelsens arkiv og bibliotek, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND).

2021.04.07 | Article, Melina Antonia Buns, Sustainability, University of Oslo

The emergence of Nordic environmental cooperation, 1967-1974

Today the environment is a key policy issue of institutionalised Nordic cooperation. Yet it was only in the late 1960s that the environment emerged on the Nordic agenda. Its emergence was influenced by the so-called ‘ecological turn’ at the time, but economic considerations were by far the most decisive. Firstly, policy-makers were concerned that…