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Green-conscious Norway will dig a new copper mine in the Arctic

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.

Green-conscious Norway will dig a new copper mine in the Arctic
People ride their bicycles at the marina port in Oslo, Norway

Norway has one of the world's most ambitious climate change targets. But it's also a major oil producer and exporter.

Norway has one of the world's most ambitious climate change targets. But it's also a major oil producer and exporter.
Sea ice breaks apart as the Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica traverses the Northwest Passage through the Victoria Strait in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in a Friday, July 21, 2017, file photo.

Sea ice plays a crucial role in cooling the planet. It’s melting at record-breaking rates.

Sea ice plays a crucial role in cooling the planet. It’s melting at record-breaking rates.