Sustainability

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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…

The "black triangle" was known for its extremely high levels of pollution in the 1970s. Picture shows the Turów thermal power plant in Bogatynia, Poland, viewed from Germany. Photo: Vondraussen, Wikimedia Commons. CC BY 3.0)

2020.10.14 | Article, Jonathan Pugh, Research, Sustainability

The Scandinavian states and the environment in international politics, 1970-2000

The three Scandinavian states of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden all played an important role in shaping international environmental policy from 1970 to 2000, and they have all been key norm entrepreneurs in a variety of International Organizations. Following the growth of the environmentalist movement in the 1960s, Sweden had a pivotal role in the…

Even companies that are dependent on fossil fuels are beginning to consider alternative ways of working. While national and international regulation helps, some are doing it voluntarily. Photo: Windmills, Lapland, Sweden. NN-norden.org, Johannes Jansson. CC BY-SA 4.0.

2020.06.23 | Article, Cornelia Fast, Julia Grimm, Naghmeh Nasiritousi, Business, Research, Sustainability

Addressing climate change the Nordic way: Motives of Swedish companies for taking action

It is Sweden’s goal to become one of the world’s first fossil fuel free welfare states, and many Swedish companies are voluntarily working to reduce their climate impact. The reasons for this are manifold; they primarily involve risk management, a sense of responsibility, management of reputation, and addressing the demands of various…