Norway Alta Dam project considers indigenous Sami people’s rights

Alta Hydro-electric dam project in Norway
The Alta hydro-electric dam project in Norway faced stiff opposition from the indigenous Sami people as far back as the late 1970’s. The government of Norway later acceded to their wishes, building a dam with lower capacity and therefore less impact on the Sami people and the local ecosystem which they depend on for their livelihood.

‘Fight for your rights!’ – Norway’s indigenous Sami people encourage Sarawak dam opposition

Sami Television and Norway’s state radio, NRK, report on Malaysian delegation’s visit to the controversial Alta Dam hydropower plant in Northern Norway

ALTA & KARASJOK, Norway, May 26, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– The Malaysian anti-dam coalition, SAVE Rivers, visited the controversial Alta Dam in the North of Norway late this week. The Alta Dam faced strong opposition in the late 1970s and 1980s by the indigenous people of the Sami.

Tore Bongo, one of the leaders of the uprising, advised SAVE Rivers in solidarity with their current struggle against Sarawak’s twelve planned dams: “You must not be afraid to fight. You need to be willing to negotiate, but above all, you need to fight.”

SAVE Rivers’ three-person delegation is chaired by SAVE Rivers Chairman Peter Kallang and comprises Maria Ajang from Long Palai and Lah Jok from Long Liam, two villages affected by the planned Baram Dam.

The Malaysian delegation’s visit in Northern Norway found significant media interest and was covered by Norway’s state radio, NRK, and the Sami television station, Oddasat.

Watch and listen to the reports under the following links:

Sami representative Tore Bongo said the struggle against the Alta Dam went down in history as a turning point in the Norwegian government’s policy towards the Sami. First of all, the size of the dam was considerably reduced and no village was flooded. Second, after the uprising, the government started to respect the Sami’s rights as indigenous people.

Many new laws have been established since the Alta struggle, allowing the Sami to live and develop their culture and traditions. In 1989, the Sami established their own Parliament in Karasjok.

Sami Parliament representative, Silje Karine Muotka, gave the Malaysian delegation a special reception and a tour through the parliament building.

Maria Ajang from Sarawak expressed her admiration for the Sami’s struggle: “I am impressed how strongly the Sami have fought for the protection of their culture, language and land. They have never hesitated, but fought for their future.”

The exchange between the natives from Sarawak and Norway was perceived as very fruitful on both sides. Indigenous peoples in both countries have faced similar threats to their land, tradition and culture. In Norway, however, things have changed to the better for the Sami, while the traditional livelihoods of Sarawak’s indigenous peoples remain precarious and discriminated.

Peter Kallang, Chairman of SAVE Rivers, commented the situation of Norway’s indigenous people positively: “The Norwegian government is seriously committed to protect the culture and the rights of the Sami who are a minority. The government really allows the Sami to determine their way of life.”

Sarawak representative Lah Jok made his demand clear: “The Malaysian government should respect the rights of the indigenous peoples just as the Norwegian government does.”

The visit to the Alta Dam and the meeting with the Sami marked the end of SAVE Rivers’ two-week-tour through Europe which successfully highlighted the plight of Sarawak’s indigenous people against twelve planned dams in Borneo.

The Swiss-based Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) is committed to protecting the threatened tropical rainforests and the rights of the indigenous forest peoples. The association’s focus lies on Sarawak, the Malaysian state in Borneo. The Bruno Manser Fund was founded by Swiss rainforest advocate Bruno Manser, who has been missing since his last trip to Sarawak in May 2000.

Vindskip: The Fuel-Efficient Ship Shaped Like A Sail (Video)

by Jo Borrás

Promising to cut fuel use by 60% and harmful carbon emissions by up to 80%, a Lade AS’ fuel-efficient ship concept could revolutionize the overseas cargo shipping industry and reduce fossil fuel use by millions — if not billions! — of barrels per year.

Vindskip Sailing Barge
The Vindskip concept cargo ship. Image courtesy of Lade AS.

Lade AS, the Norwegian designers behind the Vindskip concept, have made use of a design concept similar to the “lifting body” in aircraft design, which uses the shape of the main hull to generate positive lift as the engine pushes the aircraft forward. In the Vindskip, the hull is shaped like a giant sail which, according to its designers, generates a forward thrust towards the apparent wind (the “wind” created by the forward progress of a vehicle that’s felt by its passengers). If it works, the Vindskip will easily become the most fuel-efficient ship of its size in the world.

As far as “if it works” goes, the design is solid enough to have already received several international patents, and the company suggests that a computerized navigation system running a number of complex algorithms from GPS and weather satellites could help Vindskip captains to plot the most fuel-efficient shipping courses “on the fly.”

That means that this simple technology will, on its own, rival the more expensive fuel and emissions reductions of ships like Nissan’s solar-diesel hybrid car-hauler and Viking’s LNG-engined cruise ships (the same engine, which, it should be noted, will be used by Lade AS).

To get a sense of how big Lade AS’ fuel efficient ship concept really is, check out this CGI rendering …

Lade AS Vindskip concept Fuel Efficient Ship
Vindskip concept Fuel Efficient Ship. Image courtesy of Lade AS.

… and take a few minutes to watch the company’s concept video to see how the concept works. I think you’ll agree: any new tech that can cut the fuel bill by 60% on a gas bill this size deserves attention. Enjoy!

Sources | Photos: Lade AS, via Gizmag

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Jo Borrás I’ve been involved in motorsports and tuning since 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the Important Media network. You can find me on Twitter, Skype (jo.borras) or Google+.

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Tesla Brings Superchargers To Norway

by Nicholas Brown – Special to JBS News

Originally published on sister site Ecopreneurist.

Tesla Motors today introduced its supercharger network of electric car chargers in Norway.

Norway has one of the highest electric car ownership rates (relative to its population size) in the world. Constructing charging stations there would help thee early adopters and make prospective electric vehicle buyers more confident that they will be able to recharge whenever necessary.

Many of us consider this is critical to the adoption of electric vehicles. Tesla Motors has been promising to place its Supercharger networks within the range of all Tesla Model S vehicles so that they will not have to worry about running out of charge, and thanks to Tesla’s special technology, these Superchargers live up to their name and charge quite fast.

Tesla Model S with Supercharger in Norway. Image Credit: Tesla Motors.

Another thing worth noting is that, the faster a person charges, the more cars can charge per day, and the less likely it is that people will have to wait for someone else to finish charging.

Superchargers have been installed in Lyngdal, Aurland, Dombås, Gol, Cinderella and Lillehammer. Norway is mostly covered by Superchargers now.

According to the news source, PR Newswire, Model S customers can drive routes such as the E6 from Trondheim to Oslo, the E18 from Oslo to Kristiansand, the E39 from Kristiansand to Stavanger, and Highway7 from Oslo to Gol for free and with minimal stops. Approximately 90% of the Norwegian population lives within 320 km of a Supercharger station, and about 60% of the country’s total land mass is within the same distance of a station.

The fact that the Superchargers are free is of course a great perk. This gives Tesla Model S owners a great deal of assurance: Relatively fast charging, anywhere in the country, and its free.

Attempting to cover an entire country with charging stations may be very costly, but it could be worth it. As Shai Agassi noted in a series of posts in the past two weeks, the company that leads the way in a new, disruptive market gets rewarded handsomely (look at Apple, Google, Ford, etc.).

This means that in the US and Norway, the Tesla Model S is the most practical electric car (where range and the ability to recharge is concerned). Tesla has done something that no other manufacturer has done: build the cars and the infrastructure to support them!

This article, Tesla Brings Superchargers To Norway, is syndicated from Clean Technica and is posted here with permission.

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has a keen interest in physics-intensive topics such as electricity generation, refrigeration and air conditioning technology, energy storage, geography, and much more. My website is: Kompulsa.