Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine upended energy markets and sent prices through the roof. As Europe weaned itself off of Russian fuels, it turned to Norway. The country is now the largest exporter of natural gas to Europe.
The former coal mining town and current Arctic research hub has developed a reputation for superb wines and Nordic fine dining.
Polar bears are “plastic,” meaning they’re designed to be responsive to shifting living conditions. But as sea ice continues to melt, the clock is ticking on how long they can survive.
Film director Robert Eggers spent $90 million to bring the Norse legend of Amleth to life on the screen, and he consulted a number of experts to do so.
Norway is a leader in the shift to clean energy. Almost all of its electricity now comes from renewable sources. Norway also has big plans to go all-in on electric cars. They'll need a lot of minerals like copper, silver and lithium for batteries and electric grids. To that end, Norway plans to build a new copper mine in the Arctic. Some see this as trading one environmental problem for another.
Top of The World: Police in Norway on Thursday have arrested and charged a 37-year-old Danish man suspected of a bow-and-arrow attack that killed five people. And, at least six people were left dead on Thursday in Beirut after armed clashes broke out during a protest over a judge conducting a probe of last year’s devastating blast in the city’s port. Also, a fire in a 13-story building that raged out of control for hours overnight in the city of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan has left 46 people dead.
Thousands of migrants have set up camp under the Del Rio International Bridge along the US-Mexico border. Also, Dutch Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag resigns over the government’s handling of evacuations from Afghanistan. And, three Chinese astronauts return home after China’s longest-ever space mission.
This contradiction became a key issue during the country's elections this week. Based on the results, it isn't likely to be fully resolved soon.
Top of The World: The director of the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics was fired on Thursday over accusations of a Holocaust joke he made many years ago. And, Iran has begun bypassing the Strait of Hormuz after opening its first oil terminal in the Gulf of Oman. Also, church bells rang out on Thursday as thousands of people gathered at events across Norway marking 10 years since right-wing extremist Anders Breivik killed 77 people.