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Microplastics – a risk to inland and marine waters in Finland

Press realese 2017-3-21 Finnish Environment Institute
The state of Finland's inland and marine waters has generally improved significantly over recent decades, thanks to effective water protection measures. But our waters are still under threat due to factors including microplastics, climate change, pollution loads from farms, and hazardous substances. Microplastic particles originate from sources including our homes and roads. The first fact sheet associated with the Finnish Environment Institute's State of the Environment 2017 report, looking at the present state and future of Finland's lakes, rivers and marine waters, is being released in relation to World Water Day (22nd March). Read more

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Minister Tiilikainen: “Phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons an important step in curbing climate change”

The international agreement reached in October 2016 on limiting the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) is moving towards national implementation.
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Real-time monitoring of oil compounds installed in Tallinn-Stockholm ferry

The EU-funded project GRACE has launched a system for real-time monitoring of oil compounds in open seawater. This kind of technology could have a great potential onboard on many types of vessels that operate eg. in the Arctic such as fuel transportation and other supply vessels.



Forest carbon sinks must be included in bioeconomy sustainability assessments

Forest carbon sinks reduce the atmosphere’s carbon dioxide content. The utilisation of wood and forests inevitably affects carbon sinks, which is an issue that must be considered when seeking cost-effective means for mitigating climate change. Increasing carbon sinks is important for achieving the goals of the Paris climate agreement. Read more