Pauliella (Achnanthes) taeniata algae
Sea-ice algae. © Photo: Seja Hällfors / SYKE

A warmer Arctic will have a large and complex impact to algal production

Press release, May 9, 2019, Finnish Environment Institute
The warming of the Arctic Ocean could generally increase the primary production provided by algae living in sea ice, but the impact varies greatly between latitudes, claims a study published in the renowned scientific journal Science Advances. Since the Arctic marine food web is short, poorly diverse and seasonally driven by limited pulses of energy, the expected changes in primary production can have relevant impacts to the rest of the food web up to humans. Read more how the warming of the Arctic Ocean impacts to algal production.

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The updated Climate diet calculator helps in reducing the carbon footprint

Press release April 8, 2019, Finnish Environment Institute SYKE
The renewed Climate diet calculator (Ilmastodieetti.fi) by the Finnish Environment Institute is even clearer than before in guiding people towards tangible actions to reduce the carbon footprint. The user interface of the calculator has been redesigned and can now be used on mobile devices, as well. Read more about the renewed Climate diet calculator and calculate your carbon footprint.

Latest news of the Ministry of the Environment

Ministry of the Environment investigates the use of plastics in buildings – ARA, Senate Properties and the University of Helsinki studying how to reduce the use of plastics in their construction projects

2019-04-05
A study by the Ministry of the Environment on the use of plastics in residential buildings and day-care centres reveals that plastics can be found in all parts of buildings. The amount of plastics in individual buildings, however, is very small when compared to the other materials. Some of these plastics would be relatively easy to recycle or replace using other solutions.
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Launch of the new H2020 project e-shape for strengthening the benefits for Europe of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) - establishing 'EuroGEOSS'

2019-05-13
e-shape (EuroGEOSS Showcases: Applications Powered by Europe), a new project coordinated by ARMINES and funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme was successfully launched in Cannes, France on 9-10 May 2019.
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A future the planet can accommodate
Respecting the limits of the earth is prerequisite for the well-being of humanity. Read more

 

Monitoring and assessment of environmental impacts of chemical spills in the Baltic Sea

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This publication resulting from the project is intended to guide authorities responsible for post-spill environmental monitoring and assessment, and to help them to understand how complex issues they might be dealing with due to the wide range of chemicals currently transported. The main goal of the publication is to create better preparedness for establishing an effective post-spill monitoring programme especially in the Baltic Sea, area and it is primarily targeted at decision-makers responsible for the planning and implementation of environmental monitoring after a sudden chemical spill at sea. Read more