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New emissions calculation system for all Finnish municipalities – an average emissions reduction of 15 per cent since 2005

Climate emissions have decreased in nearly all Finnish municipalities since 2005. The average decrease is 15 per cent. The reduction in municipal emissions has been driven by the decline in electricit...

Winter is an important driver for nitrous oxide emissions from boreal lakes

Boreal lakes emit greenhouse gases, but the magnitude of the emissions is still inadequately quantified. While the emissions of carbon dioxide and methane have been addressed earlier, those of nitrous...

Hydrology of undrained peatlands is often affected by drainage of surrounding areas

Finnish peatlands are under a bigger pressure from land use than has generally been realised. More than half of the peatland area has been drained, and most of the remaining undrained peatlands are bo...

More vegetables, more contact with nature, less food waste - new operating model for day-care centres

Children like vegetables, fruit, and berries that they have grown and cooked themselves. Day-care centres can reduce their food wastage through long-term cooperation and planning. Interaction between ...

More reliable information with Product Environmental Footprint

There are dozens of different environmental labels and ecodesign tools for products in operation in the marketplace. The environmental information on products intended for consumers should be harmonis...

SYKE Policy Brief: Ecological compensation needs to be used to secure biodiversity

In ecological compensation local damage caused by construction or industry is offset by improving biodiversity elsewhere. The principle is that the compensation is paid by the one that causes the dama...

Only some biodegradable plastics actually decompose rapidly in the Baltic Sea

The Finnish Environment Institute has studied how biodegradable and bio-based materials actually decompose in the Baltic Sea marine environment. A set of tests in the sea revealed that some materials ...

International Landscape Day to be celebrated with a photo contest and scenic walks

International Landscape Day will be celebrated on Sunday 20 October 2019. This year, the aim is to use Landscape Day to draw particular attention to the value of water in the landscape.

SYKE Policy Brief: Quantitative goals need to be set for reducing use of raw materials

A circular economy makes it possible to significantly reduce the consumption of raw materials. The advancement of a circular economy requires ambitious quantitative goals for the reduction of the use ...

Landscape and Water as Landscape Day themes

Living in the land of a thousand lakes, water plays an important role in the everyday lives of Finns. How is water represented in our everyday landscapes? Is it quietly flowing along in tiny streams a...

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

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 m...

Recent monitoring results: Areas suffering from oxygen depletion in the Gulf of Finland have increased from last summer

In the Gulf of Finland, the areas suffering from oxygen depletion have expanded from last summer. The anoxic areas in the Baltic Proper are approximately similar in size than in the autumn of 2018, wh...

Summary of algal bloom monitoring June-August 2019: Cyanobacteria were mostly mixed in the water in the Finnish sea areas, in lakes the cyanobacteria situation varied a lot

During the past summer, large amounts of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) were seen particularly in the northern part of the Baltic Sea’s main basin, at the entrance to the Gulf of Finland and south o...

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 status 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...

Algal Bloom Monitoring August 22, 2019: Cyanobacterial blooms have decreased in the Finnish sea areas and lakes

Since last week, the amount of cyanobacterial blooms has decreased both in the Finnish sea areas and lakes.

Report: Shift to climate-friendly diet requires a systemic change

The climate impacts of diet can be reduced by 30 to 40 per cent by changing our diets and taking care of the carbon reserve in arable land. According to the final report of the FoodMinimum project, sh...

Hymenoptera threatened by overgrowth

Species in our country's largest order of insects are increasingly under threat. In an assessment of threatened species made public in the spring, about 16 % of our species of Hymenoptera were assesse...

Algal Bloom Monitoring, August 15 2019: Cyanobacteria situation calm both in the Finnish sea areas and in lakes

Cool and unstable weather has restrained cyanobacteria occurrence both in the Finnish Sea areas and in lakes. In the sea areas cyanobacteria can still be found in the deeper water layers, and also som...

Finland cormorant population decreased slightly

Approximately 25,700 cormorant nests were counted in Finnish sea areas in the summer of 2019. This represents a decrease of 4%, or 1,000 nests, in comparison to the previous year. With the cormorant n...

Algal bloom monitoring August 8, 2019: Cyanobacteria occurrence still continues in the Finnish sea areas, in lakes less cyanobacteria observed than typically this time of summer

Observations reveal a large surface cyanobacteria bloom in the Baltic Proper that extends north close to Finnish coastal areas. Blooms have also been reported in the southern part of the Bothnian Sea....


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