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Tree mortality in the Italian Alps driven by windstorms and bark-beetle infestations © Alessandro Cescatti

Climate variability drives global decline of forest resilience

Understanding the underlying mechanisms of forest resilience is of paramount importance to develop sound conservation and management plans.

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16 coal-fired power stations operate in the region. © despotodstiga - stock.adobe.com 2022

Limited progress on environmental and climate protection in the Western Balkans

The Western Balkans made some improvements in aligning environmental and climate monitoring, as well as reporting legislation with EU standards. Implementation, however, is patchy, concludes a JRC report released today.

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Suvi Lehtoranta

Dissertation: Towards circular economy in wastewater management – Environmental impacts, benefits and drawbacks of improved nutrient recovery and recycling by source separation

According to the dissertation, source separation of wastewater would significantly increase the efficiency of nutrient recovery from wastewater. Meanwhile, the climate impact of wastewater treatment would decrease.

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Information concerning the environmental impacts and health effects of plastics is lacking – more data is needed especially on health effects and impacts on terrestrial environment

Information on the environmental impacts and health effects of plastics is still lacking, tells a recent study by the Finnish Environment Institute and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.

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The Finnish Freshwater Competence Centre aims to boost science, education, and business with key technologies

The main goal of the Freshwater Competence Centre is to promote the research infrastructure, equipment, and the outstanding Finnish freshwater competence and knowledge both nationally and internationally, in order to make wide-reaching science with...

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IIASA-PEER workshop Climate Information Services

These presentations give insight in past and current projects and provide links to reports and web sites. Feel free to share!

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World heritage site Suomenlinna © The Governing Body of Suomenlinna

The significant role of volunteering in monitoring litter

The Finnish Rotary and the Governing Body of Suomenlinna are taking part in the monitoring and research work being carried out by the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE on the quantities, types and sources of litter. The Rotary members are committed...

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Above: Two-dimensional sections from X-ray CT images of samples from Luvisol, Chernozem, and Gleysoil soils, which differ in their moisture regime (from left to right). They show how differently pores (yellow), organic residues (purple), the soil matrix (green), and stones (brown) are distributed. Below: The soil organic matter was labelled with osmium. Differences in carbon content are expressed in the mean osmium concentration from low (blue) to high (yellow). The carbon contents are variable over small areas in all soils. Photo: UFZ Above: Two-dimensional sections from X-ray CT images of samples from Luvisol, Chernozem, and Gleysoil soils, which differ in their moisture regime (from left to right). They show how differently pores (yellow), organic residues (purple), the soil matrix (green), and stones (brown) are distributed. Below: The soil organic matter was labelled with osmium. Differences in carbon content are expressed in the mean osmium concentration from low (blue) to high (yellow). The carbon contents are variable over small areas in all soils. Photo: UFZ

It`s the pore that counts

The spatial distribution of pores helps determine where carbon is stored in the soil. Soils store more carbon than all the vegetation on the Earth’s surface. However, there are still many unanswered questions about precisely which processes favour...

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© Mats Westerbom

Climate change has an impact, but human actions will determine the fate of the Baltic Sea

A comprehensive review of the effects of climate change on the Baltic Sea has been completed. All scientific literature related to the Baltic Sea and climate change from 2010–2021 has been compiled in the review, and an international team of...

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Wood in Russia. Source: Wageningen University Research

Does the EU depend on Russia for its wood?

With the Russian-Ukrainian war going on, it becomes apparent how much the EU is depending on Russia for its oil and gas supply. Alternative sources and new forms of renewable energy supply will have to be developed even faster.  

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