Iceland’s Eastern Highlands one of the largest unspoiled wildernesses in Europe has been largely destroyed by Alcoa, Landsvirkjun and Impregilo.
This page contains photos, articles, and official and scientific documents on the Kárahnjúkar area; its unique environmental value, and the disgusting corruption of information and politics that led to its destruction.
Rising Ecocide: Nests swallowed by water at Kárahnjúkar
‘ALCOA are not likely to be forgiven for Kárahnjúkar. Through this project ALCOA have gained many new enemies, both Icelandic and international. In due time these are sure to make ALCOA pay a heavy price for this ecocide.’
‘Power Driven’ by Susan Demuth –
Power Driven’ appeared in The Guardian Weekend in late 2003 and rocked Icelandic complacency. Still the best analysis of the issues at stake and an excellent overview of the social background.
Iceland’s Wilderness Under Attack –
Excellent article where ornithologists Einar Ó. Thorleifsson and Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson discuss the likely impacts on the unique wildlife and scenery of the pristine environment of Kárahnjúkar.
Aerial Photos Reveal Massive Cracks in Brazilian Dam –
The design of the Campos Novos Dam is exactly of the same type as the Kárahnjúkar dams. The difference between the two dams is that Campos Novos is built on stable ground whereas the Kárahnjúkar dams are built on top of a cluster of active volcanic fissures. Geological reports warning of this were suppressed by the government at the time when the Icelandic parliament voted on the Kárahnjúkar dams.
A letter to ALCOA from Dr. Ragnhildur Sigurdardóttir and Gudmundur Páll Ólafsson
“The hurt many of us feel towards the developments in eastern Iceland is so great that we will never accept another aluminum smelter to be built in Iceland.”