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Annegret Grimm-Seyfarth with specially trained detection dog "Zammy", a Border Collie. Photo: André Künzelmann / UFZ

Sniffing in the name of science. Detection dogs help generate important data for research and conservation.

The lists of Earth’s endangered animals and plants are getting increasingly longer. But in order to stop this trend, we require more information. It is often difficult to find out exactly where the individual species can be found and how their...

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Construction emissions may now be compared – new emissions database lays foundation for statutory guidance of low-carbon construction

A new service opened today provides impartial data on the climate impacts of construction products used in Finland, such as carbon footprint and handprint, material efficiency and recyclability. This information harmonises the calculation of...

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More than half of Europe’s forests vulnerable to climate-related hazards, study finds

Climate change has made Europe’s forests more vulnerable to hazards like fires, insect outbreaks, windthrows, or a combination of these three, according to a new JRC study.

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Scientists Call for a Global Science Panel on Chemicals

An international group of scientists led by ETH Zurich and with the collaboration of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research is proposing a global intergovernmental science-policy body for informing policymakers and the public on chemicals...

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How may global changes affect the future of Finland's agricultural and food economy?

The future development of Finland's agricultural and food economy depends significantly on changes happening in other countries and how Finland reacts to those changes. In the next few decades, societies will change in a way that is difficult to...

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Antifouling paint choices may impact the spread of invasive species

Five antifouling paints for recreational craft were tested as part of the EU-funded COMPLETE project, which seeks concrete actions for the prevention of the arrival and spread of non-indigenous species in the Baltic Sea Region. The growth and...

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Science-policy cooperation has improved air quality in Europe

Successful cooperation between scientists and policymakers has significantly decreased air pollutant emissions in Europe, according to an article recently published in the Ambio journal. Sulphur dioxide emissions in Europe have decreased by 80 per...

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New research reveals municipal climate network’s positive impacts on local level climate work

Joining the Towards Carbon Neutral Municipalities (Hinku) network has led to lower greenhouse gas emission levels in member municipalities in Finland. The majority of Hinku municipalities found that network membership has also improved the...

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Drought in Central Europe. Dried up field North of Leipzig, Germany. Photo: André Künzelmann/UFZ

Shorter but more intense - Changes in the European droughts

Drought periods in Europe are shorter but more intense since the beginning of the 20th century. Moreover high temperatures, often accompanying these droughts, cause greater water loss from the soil. This has a significant negative effect on...

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Doctoral dissertation: Snowfall microphysics in surface-based and radar observations

A researcher of the Finnish Environment Institute, Jussi Tiira, has studied the impact of snow growth processes on snowfall, and further their manifestation in radar observations. The results are expected to improve quantitative snowfall estimation...

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