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Urban green space, London Mitre Square in London is seen as a good example of a new urban green space. The multi-functional area was co-designed with the local community. Photo: Roschue via Wikimedia Commons

Natural features support urban areas’ adaptation to climate change

A new project involving the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) will support Britain’s towns and cities as they adapt to the impacts of climate change.   The initiative will bring together experts in a range of disciplines and aims to ‘reclaim...

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Aranda's monitoring cruise: Baltic Sea oxygen level normal, but nutrient conditions have deteriorated

The research vessel Aranda has returned from its annual winter monitoring cruise. The cruise investigated the current physical and chemical state of Finnish sea areas and the levels of harmful substances in the sea. Phosphorus levels were found to...

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Collecting nutrient data on individual field parcels into a digital data system would significantly enhance the efficiency of water protection in agriculture

A reform of environmental regulation of agriculture is currently under way in. Maximum levels are being set for phosphorus-based fertilisers, and they will be applicable to all farms. Enforcement of the restrictions needs to be made easier than it is...

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Registration Open: Alternet Science-Policy Seminar hosted by SYKE

Registration is now open for the first Alternet Science-Policy Seminar, hosted by our partners at SYKE. This event will be held virtually and is free to the public.

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Participation in European Green Deal

A climate-neutral European Union by 2050 and an inclusive, sustainable economy. This is what the European Green Deal, the European Commission's ambitious programme to counter climate change, aims to achieve. The latest Horizon 2020 call focused...

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New research shows areas where offshore wind power can be built without major damage to marine nature

Areas suitable for offshore wind power have been mapped in a new study. In the best areas, the production of wind energy is profitable, but the disadvantages for both people and marine nature remain small. Suitable areas were found in all marine...

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Visualisation of the adsorption of phages on E. coli bacteria.  The images were taken with a helium ion microscope from the UFZ research platform ProVIS. Photo: UFZ / ISME Journal / CC BY 4.0 Visualisation of the adsorption of phages on E. coli bacteria. Figure a) shows how phages infect host bacteria by attaching the ends of their tail fibres to the surface of the bacteria and injecting phage-specific nucleic acid into the host. Images b), c), and d) show that in order to “hitch a ride” on the bacteria, the phages nestle flat against them without penetrating them and remain infectious. The images were taken with a helium ion microscope from the UFZ research platform ProVIS. Photo: UFZ / ISME Journal / CC BY 4.0

The Hitchhikers guide to the soil

A UFZ study shows: viruses can hitch a ride on bacteria - a winwin strategy in the conquest of new habitats. The interaction of fungi and bacteria in the transport of viruses in the soil ecosystem has been examined by a UFZ research team in a study...

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Household waste turns into new raw materials

"There is a persistent myth in Finland that sorting is not worthwhile because all the waste ends up in the same place. We decided to find out where the recyclable waste ends up from the households of the Timanttikylät villages in the small North...

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Stronger management of hazardous chemicals is needed in industry

There is a clear need to increase the knowledge of the industrial sources of hazardous chemicals and to apply measures to reduce their use and emissions to the environment. The EU funded project HAZBREF worked for more than 3 years to identify the...

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Pollutant Release and Waste Transfer Data for Finnish Industry and Agriculture published in the map service

Information on the largest sources of pollutant releases and waste transfers for Finnish industry and agriculture can now be found in the public data service at

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