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"Natural wonders are in danger. Go see them before it’s too late." is the headline for Iceland in a New York Times article about 52 places-to-see-in-2014. They talk about how the sitting government is moving away from nature conservation and planning to destroy Natural Wonders in Iceland to make room for new powerplants.

New York Times wrote: The Icelandic government has spent decades protecting its glaciers, pools, ponds, lakes, marshes and permafrost mounds in the Thjorsarver Wetlands, which constitute 40 percent of the entire country, mostly in the interior. But last year, the government announced plans to revoke those protections, allowing for the construction of hydropower plants (instead of glaciers and free-flowing rivers, imagine man-made reservoirs, dams, paved roads and power lines). “If they get into this area, there will be no way to stop them from destroying the wetlands completely,” said Arni Finnsson, the chairman of the Iceland Nature Conservation Association.

The discussion about Iceland ends with:

"...so if you ever want to see Iceland in all of its famously raw natural beauty, go now."

Click to read the article on New York Times

 

The Icelandic government's plans to destroy more of the country's beautiful nature to harness rivers and waterfalls for energy have been widely criticized and the issue is very big in Iceland these days. One of the natural wonders that are soon to be put under water or destroyed is the waterfall Dynkur that flows in Þjórsá river. Photos of the waterfall can be seen above and below.

It has furthermore been widely criticized that the energy produced by more powerplants will not serve the Icelandic people but rather be sold under priced to giant international corporations that own aluminium factories in Iceland.

 

Last modified onSunday, 12 January 2014 04:44
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