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Aurora in Geirangerfjord

Following my recent post about the possibility of strict – extremely strict – emissions controls in the World Heritage fjords in Norway, I’ve been contacted by a reader, Malcolm Fowler. He’s sent me the shot you can see above, which is of Aurora in Geiranger in 2006. Geiranger is certainly one of the World Heritage fjords to which these stricter emissions control would be applied, if they are implemented.

I’m not knowledgeable enough to be able to say if the smoke haze you can see is harmful or not, or to what extent if it is. But even so, just looking at the image is not a good feeling – the shop’s exhaust is obviously leaving something in the atmosphere. Furthermore it appears as if it’s just hanging there and not dissipating – could this be be due to the particular conditions and landscape of the location?

Of course we all want visit the fjords and see the amazing scenery, but I for one am disturbed by the thought that my doing so might be harming the very thing I want to see. “Take only pictures, leave only footprints” is a good motto, it seems to me.

Many thanks to Malcolm Fowler for sending me the picture, which is © Malcolm Fowler and is used here with his kind permission.

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