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Increasing tree harvest does not help to reach Paris agreement targets

A fresh review study shows that increased felling reduces carbon sequestered in forests significantly in both boreal and temperate regions. It is often argued that although increased harvesting does reduce carbon sequestered in forests, this is a...

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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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Wastewater, agriculture and urbanization have the biggest absolute impact on the multifunctionality of streams and rivers. Source: UFZ

Ecological functions of streams and rivers severely affected globally

Agriculture, loss of habitat or wastewater effluents - human stressors negatively impact biodiversity in streams and rivers. Very little is known yet about the extent to which their capacity for self-purification and other essential ecosystem...

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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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Characterization of major drought events in Europe over the past 250 years. Image: UFZ

New Drought Benchmark in Europe

These were days, months and years that many will come to remember: the drought from 2018 to 2020. An international team of researchers led by scientists from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) has succeeded in categorizing the...

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European research partnerships: working on current and future challenges

Recent European projects Wageningen Envrionmental Research is participating in or is coordinating, are now being presented in an e-magazine. The stories illustrate the value of European research cooperation in the field of climate change and...

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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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