Few people think of osmosis as a way to help feed the world’s hunger for energy. But an experiment under way on a coastal inlet in Norway may help draw attention to the power packed in the salty seas.
Norwegian policymakers are sold on the idea that relieving the time and economic pressure on parents yields long-term benefits. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said the long maternity leave, in particular, just makes good economic sense. “It gives Norway a competitive advantage when young families do not have to choose between having a career and having children,” Stoltenberg says. “They can have both. … The benefit of giving parents paid maternity leave for a year is that they don’t leave the workforce for several years.”