Environmental poison is a major cause for concern throughout the industrialised world. As industry grows,?
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Background: Environmental poison is a major cause for concern throughout the industrialised world. As industry grows, so does pollution, and among the victims of the equation are the waters of the earth. Water has become a raw material essential to every advanced economy and the threat of intense pollution has caused industrial planners to think about how to use water to its maximum limit without ruining its natural state.
In Norway, the country of crystal-clear lakes and fjords (pronounced fee-yords), officials are trying to combat the first signs of pollution. Examples of pink snow found in the mountains were previously blamed on industrial air pollution coming from Europe on the prevailing winds. But Norwegian scientists have recently found that some of their own factories can also be blamed. This is one of a series of special coverages filmed by Visnews staffmen Rudi Heimann and Martin Fletcher during late October.
SYNOPSIS: Norway--described in tourist guides as among the most beautiful countries in the world. But the famous crisp air is now facing the threat of pollution from industrial excretion.
Scientists have recently begun conducting exhaustive tests to determine the extent of air pollution in Norway. Special apparatus developed at the Meteorological Institute in Stockholm has been installed in a twin-engined light aircraft to measure the air content of sulphur dioxide and sulphuric acid--particularly over the North Sea and South Norway.
The current theory in Norway is that polluted air is travelling on the prevailing winds from Britain and Western Europe. But the country itself is not without internal air pollution.
One of the country's most beautiful fjords near Oslo is also completely polluted with industrial waste from a plant which produces raw materials for its plastics industry. Recent Government measures have forced the plant, belonging to the industrial combine Norsk Hydro, to discontinue production. More than 250 workers lost their jobs over the pollution restriction and the company lost some six million pounds (sterling) because the machinery could not be geared to other production.
Now, many Norwegian factories have introduced special filtration pipes to remove a large proportion of the poison before industrial dumping.
The Norwegian Government has begun to realise the seriousness of the pollution question. Protests to West Germany and to Britain have been lodged in the past few months over the proposed dumping of chemical waste into the North Sea. The extent of air pollution has not yet been estimated. Tests are still being carried out and industrial observers are predicting stronger anti-pollution measures for factories.