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Kittiwakes find refuge on offshore oil rigs
Offshore oil rigs serve as a breeding refuge for Norwegian Black-legged Kittiwakes. Although they are few in number, these birds produce more chicks than kittiwakes in natural colonies along the coast, to the benefit of the impoverished Norwegian Kittiwake population. ...
Seabird experts in CAFF propose a new kittiwake conservation plan
The Circumpolar Seabird Group under CAFF and the Arctic Council has proposed a conservation plan for the black-legged kittiwake Rissa tridactyla , a species which has been declining severely since the 1970s. Four main objectives are identified, and specific action...
Palm oil certification brings mixed outcomes to neighbouring communities
Sustainable certification of oil palm plantations can reduce poverty, but the timing of certification is among the factors that influence the effect.
Seabirds and kelp harvest – conflict or harmony?
Foraging shags and commercial kelp harvesters very often utilize the same marine areas.
How efficient are mitigation measures for bird-friendly wind power?
Simple measures can make wind turbines more bird friendly. New research shows that measures such as painting the rotor blades or towers, using UV-light and smart micro-siting of wind turbines, decreases the risk for bird collisions considerably.
Wild salmon’s wild journey in the ocean
Last spring Atlantic salmon were tagged with satellite tags in Southern Norway. Now they have phoned home.
Vultures respond to auditory cues
Vultures and other avian scavengers characteristically circle the skies, scanning the ground for carcasses. New research has revealed that these birds can, in addition to sight, respond to auditory cues indicative of potential foraging opportunities.
Carbon emissions have made the world a greener place, which has a cooling effect
The very same carbon emissions responsible for harmful changes to climate are also fertilizing plant growth, which in turn is somewhat moderating global warming. This affects also remote places, like the High Arctic.
Animals take climate action
Migratory animals are actively adjusting their traditions to climate change.
A ray of hope for the golden deer of Myanmar
Developing state-of-the-art statistical tools that combine different sources of data has allowed researchers from Norway and Myanmar to make robust estimates of population size for an often-overlooked population of one of the world’s most threatened deer species. The r...
Have you checked your baggage for alien species?
Are you travelling to the Arctic? Seeds, insects and parasites can travel with you as stowaways without your knowledge. A new short film explains how you can avoid bringing unwanted species that can threaten the vulnerable Arctic environment.
China and India dominate in greening the Earth
A new study reports China’s planting of trees and India’s intensive crop cultivation as the main reasons why the Earth is greening throwing doubt on the role of carbon dioxide fertilization, which climate change skeptics have touted as the beneficial effects of otherwi...
First estimates of body mass change between the breeding and wintering stage in Atlantic Puffins.
By measuring body mass and wing length of adult Atlantic Puffins on their breeding grounds and in their wintering areas near the Faroe Islands, researchers have now estimated the seasonal changes in body mass for two populations breeding in Norway and Scotland.
Long-term side-effects of abdominal implants in brown bears
A recent study from the Scandinavian Brown Bear Research Project has shown serious side effects from radio transmitters implanted into the abdominal cavity of brown bears.
Environmental benefits of leaving offshore infrastructure in the ocean
More than 7500 oil and gas platforms and wind turbines will become obsolete in the next few decades. Full removal may not be the best plan after all, according to new survey of international experts.
Standardization and facilitation of seabird data for use in impact and environmental risk assessments
A new NINA-report gives recommendation on how seabird data should best be used in impact and environmental risk assessments.
NINA Annual Report 2017
NINA’s key statistics and activities throughout 2017.
Land use in Norway & Scotland
Flexibility in the foraging behaviour of the kittiwake may buffer the effect of marine environmental changes
Recent Norwegian research shows that the black-legged kittiwake is surprisingly flexible when it comes to finding food for itself and its chicks. The ability to adapt makes this small gull robust to changes in the marine environment – that is, if it has access to suita...
Impacts of salmon lice on wild Atlantic salmon and sea trout
New report concludes: Considerable evidence exists that there is a link between farm-intensive areas and the spread of salmon lice to wild Atlantic salmon and sea trout.