Norway’s fjords are famous for inspiring artists and tourists. They are a vision of beauty, virtually untouched. But The New York Times writes that lost in the depths of the fjord in Oslo, which stretches out from the capital, is garbage, such as unwanted cars. This is worrying environmentalists. The capital is turning to new technology to help pinpoint the litter so that divers can go and get it off the seabed. On Thursday, board members of Oslo’s Port Authority approved a pioneering trash-removal plan. The chief technical officer of the Oslo Port Authority, Svein Olav Lunde, explained that the unmanned vessels will be used to help clear out underwater “islands of trash.” Geir Rognlien Elgvin, a board member, thinks that Oslo’s port is the first in the world to try this sort of trash pickup. The drones will start to be used this spring. The Times writes that Oslo is turning to drone technology partly because of a dead dolphin that is ensnared in plastic, bloodied and bleached. Gory images of the creature were taken in January on a trash-filled shore of the Oslo Fjord, and it resonated with Norwegians who like to think of their coastline as pristine, natural beauty.
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