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14.09.2021

Webinar: SCALING & OPTIMAL NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS FOR RESILIENT CITIES

Concepts for a tool that quantify the demand and potential for NBS to enhance ecosystem service (ES) provision and linking ESs to readily quantifiable and legislatively relevant environmental quality indicators, will be presented alongside with...

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30.09.2021

Earth observation applications for climate change adaptation and mitigation

Climate change adaptation and mitigation are to be studied with the help of data and Artificial Intelligence in a new international research project.

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30.09.2021

New handbook to guide water allocation across borders

A new handbook will promote sustainable and equitable allocation of transboundary water resources. The publication is the first of its kind and is the latest example of Finland’s significant role in international water cooperation.

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24.09.2021

Signs of recovery in the Gulf of Finland, situation in the Bothnian Sea cause for concern

Monitoring cruises undertaken in August by the Finnish Environment Institute show that the Gulf of Finland has recovered from the deterioration caused indirectly by salt pulses in the Baltic Sea in the mid-2010s.

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240 days degrading PBSA film in conventional farming (future climate) plot Photo: Purahong / UFZ
15.09.2021

Degradation of biobased plastics in the soil

The idea of biodegradable plastics sounds good at first. However, very little is known about how they are degraded in the soil and how this is influenced by climate change. In two recent studies, soil ecologists at the Helmholtz Centre for...

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14.09.2021

Webinar: SCALING & OPTIMAL NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS FOR RESILIENT CITIES

Concepts for a tool that quantify the demand and potential for NBS to enhance ecosystem service (ES) provision and linking ESs to readily quantifiable and legislatively relevant environmental quality indicators, will be presented alongside with...

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10.09.2021

How seasonal climate forecasts can boost European wheat production – and protect the environment

Farmers and policymakers can reap benefits from taking seasonal weather forecasts into account when making decisions about wheat.   This emerges from a study by JRC scientists recently published in Nature. The study looked at the accuracy in...

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07.09.2021

Dissertation: Micro- and mesoplastics in the northern Baltic Sea: their fate in the seafloor and effects on benthic fauna

In her doctoral dissertation, Pinja Näkki, a researcher at the Finnish Environment Institute, has experimentally studied risks that organisms such as bivalves living on the seafloor face from microplastics.

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Remains of the Atlantic Forest near Recife, Brazil Photo: CacioM / AdobeStock
06.09.2021

Forest edges in the tropics increase carbon emissions

The deforestation of the tropical rainforests is progressing unstoppably. According to scientists at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), these forests are becoming fragmented at a higher rate than expected. By analysing...

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27.08.2021

Dissertation: Sensitivity of Cereal Yields to Climate Change: Estimating Risks and Exploring Adaptation

The risks posed by climate change and the adaptation measures required to address those risks are usually evaluated using methods based on climate scenarios. A different approach is used in the doctoral dissertation by Finnish Environment Institute...

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Invasive alien species cause serious negative impacts to biodiversity. Source: Giedriius, Adobe Stocks 2021
23.08.2021

Protecting nature against invasive alien species

Invasive Alien Species (IAS) are animals or plants introduced accidentally or deliberately into a new environment, where they can cause serious negative impacts to biodiversity. They represent a major threat to native species and ecosystem services...

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