Oil licences undermine Norway’s ocean leadership


As two of the 250 scientists who supported 14 heads of state in crafting the agreement for 100% sustainable ocean management by 2025 that was announced in December (see E. Solberg Nature 588, 9; 2020), we are deeply concerned. Just weeks later, Norway — co-leader of the initiative — announced 61 new licences for oil and gas exploration, and it plans to permit sea-bed mining as early as 2023. Such ‘business as usual’ is antithetical to the commitments Prime Minister Erna Solberg communicated in this journal.


Link to centre authors: Blasiak, Robert, Österblom, Henrik
Publication info: Österblom, H., Blasiak, R.. 2021. Oil licences undermine Norway’s ocean leadership. Nature. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/d41586-021-00445-w


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