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Iceland students see chilling reality of melting glacier

Vik I Myrdal - Icelandic seventh-grader Lilja Einarsdottir is on an unusual field trip with her class: they're measuring the Solheimajokull glacier to see how much it has shrunk in the past year, witnessing climate change first-hand.

New Zealand's Ardern announces five-way climate trade talks

New York - New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a first of its kind five-way climate trade initiative that would remove tariffs on green technology and cut fossil fuel subsidies.

Iceland commemorates first glacier lost to climate change

Reykjav - Iceland on Sunday honours the passing of Okjokull, its first glacier lost to climate change, as scientists warn that some 400 others on the subarctic island risk the same fate.

Whales die in new mysterious Iceland stranding

Reykjav - Some 20 pilot whales have died stranded in mysterious circumstances on the south-western coast of Iceland, emergency services said Saturday, only two weeks after a similarly unexplained mass stranding had already killed dozens of the long-finned cetace...

Iceland tops Europe as most expensive

Reykjav - The hot springs of Iceland are not the only thing making tourists sweat, as a look at the hotel or lunch bill will tell you that most things cost more, sometimes much more, than anywhere else in Europe.

Philippines' Duterte mulls cutting Iceland ties over UN probe

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is "seriously considering" cutting his nation's diplomatic ties with Iceland after it spearheaded a UN resolution to probe his deadly drug war, the leader's spokesman said.

Iceland will skip whaling this year: company

Reykjav - No whales will be harpooned off the waters around Iceland this year, as the island nation's two whaling companies have decided to abandon the summer whaling season for the first time in 17 years.

Iceland's WOW Air budget carrier collapses, cancels all flights

Reykjav - Iceland's budget carrier WOW Air said it had ceased operations and cancelled all flights on Thursday, stranding thousands of passengers.

Babies wanted: Nordic countries crying for kids

Oslo - "Norway needs more children! I don't think I need to tell anyone how this is done," Norway's prime minister said cheekily, but she was raising a real concern.Too few babies are being born in the Nordic region.

Icelandic language fighting tsunami of English

Reykjav - Two centuries ago experts predicted that Icelandic would be a dead language by now. But the doomsayers can eat their words: Icelandic is alive and kicking despite an onslaught of English brought on by modern technology.

10 years ago, Iceland's massive financial crisis erupted

Reykjav - Banks in ruins, a currency in free fall and the IMF called to the rescue: A decade ago Iceland's worst financial crisis erupted, a traumatic experience the nation still struggles to forget.

'Our mortgage doubled': The Iceland families bearing cost of crash

Reykjav - It's been 10 years since Iceland's economy crashed, but Asthildur Thorsdottir and her husband Hafthor Olafsson are still struggling with crippling debt and an uphill legal battle to save their family home.

Icelandic wildlife group calls for hybrid whale killing probe

Reykjav - Icelandic conservationists have asked prosecutors to probe whether the killing of a rare hybrid whale was illegal, a lawyer said on Thursday.

Minke whale hunting ends in Iceland

Reykjav - The controversial hunt for minke whales in Iceland has come to end after declining profits led to the local industry closing, the International Fund for Animal Welfare said on Friday.

600 bitcoin computers nabbed in Iceland heists

Reykjav - Around 600 computers used to mine bitcoin were stolen in Iceland in a series of large-scale heists in December and January, police said Wednesday.

Thieves stole over 600 Bitcoin miners from Icelandic datacentre

Police in Iceland have arrested 11 people in connection with the theft of Bitcoin mining equipment worth almost $2m. The suspects allegedly stole hundreds of computers during four datacentre raids. The incident has been dubbed the "Big Bitcoin Heist."

Iceland bid to ban circumcision riles religious groups

Reykjav - A proposed ban in Iceland on male circumcision, in defence of the rights of babies and young boys, has sparked anger among leaders of the world's three major religions.

Bitcoin mining boom in Iceland uses huge amounts of power

Iceland is experiencing a boom in bitcoin mining a boom for the economy but also a huge drain on power resources in the country.

Bitcoin is recovering but some signs are bearish

On Saturday bitcoin managed to claw back up to a six-day high of $9,070.64 before falling back below $8,000 but climbed back up over $8,700 on Sunday.

Johann Johannsson, composer of haunting film scores, dead at 48

New York - Johann Johannsson, the award-winning Icelandic composer whose haunting yet minimalist scores instilled depth in films full of abstraction, has died, his manager announced Saturday. He was 48.

Iceland puts onus on companies to pay gender equal wages

Reykjav - In a world first, Iceland has introduced a new law requiring employers to prove they are paying men and women the same wage for doing the same work, or face fines.

Poll found 0% of Icelanders under 25 believe Bible creation story

Reykjav - A new poll suggests that Iceland is becoming more secular. Religious belief among young people in particular appears on the decline as the poll found zero percent of Icelanders under 25 believed in the Biblical account of creation.

Katrin Jakobsdottir: Iceland's new 'trustworthy' prime minister

Reykjav - Katrin Jakobsdottir has become Iceland's second woman prime minister after winning popularity thanks to a humble and sincere image, but she must now lead a tricky grand coalition in a splintered political landscape.

Iceland forms 'unusual' left-right coalition after election

Reykjav - Iceland on Thursday formed a "highly unusual" left-right coalition a month after a general election, in a bid to stabilise politics in the nation which has seen rising distrust of a scandal-ridden elite.

Iceland's leftist parties fail to form government

Reykjav - Iceland's leftist parties have failed to form a coalition government, the leader of the Left-Green party leader said Monday, after a snap election in late October left no party close to a majority.

Katrin Jakobsdottir: Iceland's 'trustworthy' politician

Reykjav - Iceland's Katrin Jakobsdottir, a left-winger and former journalist, won popularity thanks to a humble and sincere image, but must now navigate a splintered political landscape as she tries to form a government.

Iceland president tasks Left-Green leader with forming government

Reykjav - Iceland's president on Thursday tasked Left-Green Movement leader Katrin Jakobsdottir with forming a government after her party's strong showing in a snap general election last week.

Iceland's president in talks with party leaders on new coalition

Reykjav - Iceland's president launched talks Monday to determine who could form the next government after an inconclusive general election in which a record eight political parties won seats.

Iceland's president in talks with party leaders on new coalition

Reykjav - Iceland's president launched talks on Monday to determine who could form the next government after an inconclusive general election in which a record eight political parties won seats.

Iceland's PM Benediktsson: scandal-hit survivor

Reykjav - Icelandic Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson, 47, is a wealthy businessman who survived a series of scandals to return to top the vote in this weekend's election.
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Fin whale arching for a deep dive  showing characteristic backswept dorsal fin.
Fin whale arching for a deep dive, showing characteristic backswept dorsal fin.
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The Krafla Magma Testbed project will attempt to use magma for geothermal energy production.
The Krafla Magma Testbed project will attempt to use magma for geothermal energy production.
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The Eyjafjallajökull glacier in Iceland – the eruption happened near here  causing large amounts ...
The Eyjafjallajökull glacier in Iceland – the eruption happened near here, causing large amounts of explosive steam
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Chart of Grimsvötn s seismic activity before and during eruption.
Chart of Grimsvötn's seismic activity before and during eruption.
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Eathquakes recorded near Bardarbunga in Iceland up to 6 a.m. local time Aug. 21  2014.
Eathquakes recorded near Bardarbunga in Iceland up to 6 a.m. local time Aug. 21, 2014.
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Court house in Reykjavik, Iceland
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Site of Viking long house in Iceland.
Site of Viking long house in Iceland.
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The little ice age may have impacted on Vikings living in Iceland.
The little ice age may have impacted on Vikings living in Iceland.
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The eruption of the volcano Eyjafjallajökull
The eruption of the volcano Eyjafjallajökull
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The 120-MWe Nesjavellir power station in southwest Iceland.
The 120-MWe Nesjavellir power station in southwest Iceland.
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A plaque placed at the former location of the Icelandic Okjökull glacier  which disappeared due to ...
A plaque placed at the former location of the Icelandic Okjökull glacier, which disappeared due to climate change.
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The eruption of the Volcano in Iceland
The eruption of the Volcano in Iceland
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Ash cloud emerging form Eyjafjallajoekull volcano
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Iceland's outgoing parliament
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Location of Grimsvötn volcano in Iceland.
Location of Grimsvötn volcano in Iceland.
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