Iceland is one of Europe’s least polluted countries. The renewable energy used to generate electricity and house heating is helping a lot to keep Iceland’s atmosphere clean, but that doesn’t mean there is no pollution in Iceland.
Iceland has a lot of cars and in the past decade the numbers of cars on the streets have increased dramatically. On a still day in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, the pollution from the cars can be felt and seen. Aluminum factories that are powered with Iceland’s clean energy pollute the atmosphere even though it is kept to minimum with the latest technology.
In the rural areas and central highlands
there is no pollution. The air is as clean as the day Iceland rose from the Atlantic Ocean seabed millions of years ago. Feeling the clean air gushing into your lungs on an Icelandic mountain top is worth every footstep.
Posted on: Jan 20 2006 in The Environment