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FNI is an independent foundation engaged in research on international environmental, energy and resource management politics.

Fridtjof Nansen InstituteWithin this framework the institute's research is mainly grouped around seven focal points:
   Global environmental governance and law
   Climate change
   Law of the Sea and marine affairs
   Biodiversity and genetic resources
   Arctic and Russian politics
   European energy and environment
   Chinese energy and environment

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FNI publications

Latest books and peer-reviewed articles

Svein Vigeland Rottem: A Note on the Arctic Council Svein Vigeland Rottem,
A Note on the Arctic Council Agreements
Ocean Development and International Law, Vol 46, No 1, 2015, pp. 50-59.
Kabir Sanjay Bavikatte  and Morten Walløe Tvedt: Beyond the Thumbrule Kabir Sanjay Bavikatte and Morten Walløe Tvedt
Beyond the Thumbrule Approach: Regulatory Innovation for Bioprospecting in India
Law Environment and Development Journal, Vol 11, No 1, 2015, pp 1-24.
 J. Zalasiewicz, C.N. Waters, M. Williams, A.D. Barnosky, A. Cearreta, P. Crutzen, E. Ellis, M.A. Ellis, I.J. Fairchild, J. Grinevald, P.K. Haff, I. Hajdas, R. Leinfelder, J. McNeill, E.O. Odada, C. Poirier, D. Richter, W. Steffen, C. Summerhayes, J.P. Syvitski, D. Vidas, M. Wagreich, S.L. Wing, A.P. Wolfe, A. Zhisheng, N. Oreskes
When did the Anthropocene begin? A mid-twentieth century boundary level is stratigraphically optimal
Quaternary International, online 12.01.2015. DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2014.11.045, 8 p.
 Torbjørg Jevnaker
Pushing administrative EU integration: the path towards European network codes for electricity
Journal of European Public Policy, Online 22.01.2015, DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2014.1000363, 21 p.
Korppoo, Tynkkynen and Hønneland: Russia and the Politics of International Environmental Regimes: Environmental Encounters or Foreign Policy? Anne Korppoo, Nina Tynkkynen and Geir Hønneland
Russia and the Politics of International Environmental Regimes: Environmental Encounters or Foreign Policy?
Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2015, 192 p.
 Tone Winge
Seed Legislation in Europe and Crop Genetic Diversity
Sustainable Agriculture Reviews, Vol 15, 2015, pp. 1-64.
 Ole Kristian Fauchald
Regulating Environmental Impacts of Mining in Norway
Nordic Environmental Law Journal, No 1, 2014, pp 53-65.
 Tone Winge
Linking access and benefit-sharing for crop genetic resources to climate change adaptation
Plant Genetic Resources, Online 15.12.2014. DOI: 10.1017/S1479262114001038, 17 p.
Inderberg et al.; Climate Change Adaptation and Development: Changing Paradigms and Practices Inderberg, Tor Håkon, Siri Eriksen, Karen O'Brien og Linda Sygna (eds)
Climate Change Adaptation and Development: Changing Paradigms and Practices
London, Routledge, 2015, 295 p.
Øystein Jensen: The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf: Law and Legitimacy Øystein Jensen
The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf: Law and Legitimacy
Leiden/Boston, Brill/Nijhoff, 2014, 316 p.

Other recent research publications

Sandberg, Kristin, Steven J. Hoffman and Mark Pearcey, Lessons for Global Health from Global Environmental Governance. Chatham House Working Paper. Centre on Global Health Security. London: Chatham House / The Royal Institute for International Affairs. 2015. 21 p.

Wettestad, Jørgen, 'The EU Emissions Trading System: Frontrunner in Trouble'. In Geert Van Calster, Wim Vandenberghe, Leonie Reins (eds), Research Handbook on Climate Change Mitigation Law. Cheltenham (UK), Edward Elgar, 2015, pp. 451-476.

Vidas, Davor, 'Meere im Anthropozän - und die Regeln das Holozäns' ('Oceans in the Anthropocene - and the Rules of the Holocene'). In N. Möllers, C. Schwägerl and H. Trischler (eds), Willkommen im Anthropozän. Munich, Deutsches Museum Verlag, 2015, pp. 56-60. In German.

Fjellvang, Camilla V. Ramos, Why did Canada withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol? A case study. FNI Report 1/2015. Lysaker, FNI, 2014, 88 p.

Eikeland, Per Ove, Implementing the EU 2020 Energy and Climate Package in Germany: Green Champion Struggling to Adapt. FNI Report 9/2014. Lysaker, FNI, 2014, 101 p.

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Latest commentary articles

Stensdal, Iselin, 'Kinas nye revolusjon' ('China's New Revolution'), Dagens Næringsliv, 20.01.2015. In Norwegian.

Rowe. Lars and Jørgen Holten Jørgensen, 'Russlands sannferdige løgner' ('Russia's true lies'), Bergens Tidende, 09.01.2015. In Norwegian.

Jevnaker, Torbjørg, 'Klimatåke, ikke klimamål' ('Climate Fog, not Climate Targets'), Dagens Næringsliv, 08.12.2014. In Norwegian.

Hønneland, Geir, 'Kjøligere samarbeid?' ('Cooler Norwegian-Russian Cooperation'?), Fiskeribladet Fiskaren, 05.12.2014. In Norwegian.

Jevnaker, Torbjørg, Jørgen Wettestad and Tor Håkon Inderberg, 'Klimalov bør utredes grundig – en kjapp høring holder ikke' ('A Climate Law Should Be Carefuly Considered – a Quick Hearing Is Not Enough'), Energi og Klima, 28.11.2014. In Norwegian.

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 Latest FNI News 

Norwegian GovernmentFNI Recommends Government to Conduct Thorough Assessment of a Possible Norwegian Climate Act
 (01.02.2015) An earlier FNI study showed how the adoption of the British Climate Act led to more responible climate policies in the UK. On this basis, in it's input to a hearing conducted by the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment, FNI recommends the Government to conduct a more thorough assessment of the consequences of introducing similar legislation in Norway.  More (in Norwegian) >

Climate Change Adaptation and Development: Changing Paradigms and PracticesClimate Change Adaptation and Development: Changing Paradigms and Practices
 (23.01.2015) Climate change is as much a problem of development as for development, according to a new book on climate change adaptation and development.  More >

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 FNI in the media

'- Nordområdesamarbeidet kan brukes til å skape dialog' ('- Cooperation in the High North Can Be Used to Create Dialogue'), NRK Nordnytt, 04.02.2015.

'Øker i Norge - Sverige og Danmark kutter kraftig' ('Emissions Increase in Norway while Sweden and Denmark Cut Substantially'), Dagens Næringsliv, 04.02.2015. In Norwegian.

'Fridtjof Nansen Institute: Specialises on international environmental, energy and resource management politics', Norwegian-Russian Chamber of Commerce, No 2, 01.02.2015.

'Notes from Madrid: Sea-Level rise and shifting baselines', Global Challenges - University of Wollongong, 20.01.2015.

'Gärtner für die Erde gesucht' ('Gardener for the Earth wanted'), Stuttgarter Zeitung, 19.01.2015. In German.

"Polonizacja" unijnej polityki energetyczno-klimatycznej? ('"Polonization" of EU Energy and Climate Policies?'), Teraz Srodowisko, 13.01.2015. In Polish.

'New Nordic Climate Adaptation Research', Nordic Development Fund News, 08.01.2015.

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