Norway's new environment minister is Helen Bjørnøy, 51. An ordained Lutheran priest, Ms Bjørnøy represents the Socialist Left (SV) party in the "Red-Green" centre-left coalition that took office on Monday. She replaces Christian Democrat Knut Arild Hareide. Environmental groups welcomed Ms Bjørnøy's appointment and aspects of the new coalition's environmental platform, including investment in renewable energy and public transport, and the removal of large hydropower developments from the green certificates scheme. See Norwegian environment ministry, interviews in Dagsavisen newspaper and Friends of the Earth Norway press release.
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