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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

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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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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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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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

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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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

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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We already have climate solutions – How can Finland meet the challenges set by the IPCC report?

The report on the Physical Science Basis of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, published on Monday states that human-induced climate change is already affecting many weather and climate extremes in every region across the globe. This will...

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Blogpost: Forest management policy from a Finnish perspective

The EU Forest Strategy has been the topic at Finnish family gatherings, summer events and in the social media during the peak of our holiday season. The debates about the Forest Strategy have portrayed a fierce disagreement over goals and means. The...

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