By 2021 all passenger cruise ships will be banned from dumping sewage waste in the Baltic Sea, a decision hailed by the Swedish government and environmental groups.
Radio Sweden's coverage of environmental and energy issues
- International Maritime Organization.
- 30 years after Chernobyl.
The safety zones around Sweden's nuclear power plants are outdated and should be redrawn, says one nuclear safety expert.
Swedish state-owned energy company Vattenfall has signed an agreemnt to sell its lignite operations to Czech energy company EPH, along with PPF Investments, Vattenfall announced on Monday.
- 1 av 4Hindersson (left) believes that if the proposal is passed, it will be hassle for him to make transactions, considering there would be two different V.A.T. levels on what his shop offers. Photo: Radio Sweden.2 av 4Sofia Hansson thinks the proposed legislation would encourage her to repair more of the items she owns. Photo: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden3 av 4Mixed opinions.
One of the measures in the Spring Budget proposal that the government presented this week could make it cheaper to get certain items repaired, but consumers and business owners Radio Sweden spoke to were divided about whether the proposed change would have a significant impact.
As the technologies improve and prices fall, local authorities in Sweden can play a key role in spreading the use of battery-powered vehicles.
- Sustainable housing.
A Swedish architectural firm has won an award for coming up with a design for urban insect farms in downtown Stockholm. The firm claims that the farms could make the city self-sufficient on proteins.
- Exhibition in Stockholm.
Clear, trout-swollen brooks and stark pine forests might seem to make Sweden an attractive destination for sport fishermen. But don't forget scores of fish-mincing hydropower turbines, one environmentalist wants to tell anglers.
- Lowest groundwater levels in over 50 years.
Record-low groundwater levels have been recorded on the islands of Öland and Gotland in southeastern Sweden and may lead to a severe shortage of drinking water this summer. The regional government on Gotland has invested in a new desalination plant that it hopes will help solve the problem.
A swarm of beekeepers are gathering in Malmö for the fourth annual European Beecome congress, which began Friday and extends through the weekend, to discuss many topics, including major concerns within the world of honeybees.
- Nordens ark zoo.
The Vietnamese pond turtle, one of the most threatened turtle types in the world, has reproduced in Sweden for the first time at the Nordens ark zoo, news agency TT reports.
- But slammed for not reflecting scientific findings.
A report from a cross-party committee calls for a law forcing future governments to set out plans for reaching Sweden's long-term climate goals.
- High levels of fluoride.
The Swedish Chemicals Agency is calling for limitations to be in place on the use of foam to fight fires, saying the chemical can contaminate water supplies.