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Group of Scientists: The state of global sustainable development is serious, solutions exist

Press release 2019-09-11 at 19:30
The Independent Group of Scientists appointed by the UN has assessed the state of global sustainable development as worrying. Although positive developments can be found in the world, certain issues may prevent further progress. The Independent Group of Scientists has identified six key issues and the means necessary to improve the direction. The Global Sustainable Development Report 2019 has been published today in New York.

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Jáchym Judl: What would your great-great-grandparents say? The story of an individual’s carbon footprint

A humane solution to the climate crisis should not be to (indirectly) blame people for reproduction which is a natural instinct among others, writes Jáchym Judl in his Havaintoja blog.



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Assessment of the status of Finland’s waters

Status of lakes and rivers about the same as before, coastal waters have deteriorated

A new assessment of the ecological status1) of surface waters in Finland shows that 87% of the surface area of our lakes and 68% of our rivers are in good or very good condition. Eutrophication is still the most significant problem. There have been no major changes in the status of inland waters since 2013, except for some improvement in certain sites. The status of the Gulf of Finland has improved, but for the most part the status of coastal waters is not good. The risks associated with groundwater have not increased.


Making mining sustainable
The renewable energy technologies required by a low-carbon society need metals. The mining of metals has increased many times over in Finland. Much work remains to be done on behalf of sustainability in mining.

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Machine vision against invasive alien species

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Machine vision is used to identify and map invasive alien plant species by utilising a method developed by SYKE and its partners. Using machine vision, it is possible to save thousands of euros when alien species are detected in time and the establishment of viable populations is prevented. More